Worthy Winners

Worthy Winners

Shaun Wane said Wigan were worthy winners after they secured a place in the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final with victory over Salford.

Wane on the game:

“I’m very happy, I thought we deserved it. They had a spell where they got a few penalties and scored some tries and then a 40:20. They had a lot of momentum at that time so that took a lot of gas out us and we had 20 minutes with 12 men too.

“I thought we did some really good things today as a team, overall I thought we were worthy winners.

“Salford played great, they’re a good team and they showed they wanted to win.”

On the prospect of the Challenge Cup Final:

“I love the fact that it’s not just the game, it’s the travel, it’s a game in our capital and a really special occasion. You have a team run there the day before, it’s great, if you win it.

“It was a great moment for me to walk out in front of Lockers, a Wigan lad, it was a fantastic day in 2013 and we want it again.

“We’ve won the semi final but that’s not job done. We’ve three massive games now and then the Final at Wembley. We also want to go to Wembley with some momentum having got some games under our belt.”

On facing Hull FC in the final:

“We’ll need to improve, there’s no question about that. Hull were outstanding yesterday and I text Lee (Radford) after the game, they were great and not many teams would live with them the way they played in that second half. But on our day we can challenge people, I don’t think we’ve touched the surface if I’m honest.”

Asked if his team would have the Final in the back of their mind in the coming weeks:

“Definitely not. We’ve got Leeds in a massive game at Headingley on Friday so we’ll move onto them tomorrow morning. There’ll be no sleep tonight for the coaching staff. Because of circumstances earlier in the season we have to go there and we have to get two points.”

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