Too Much Defence

Too Much Defence

  • Shaun Wane said his side left themselves with too much defence to do after losing out to South Sydney Rabbitohs

  • Late Adam Doueihi try secures win for Souths in International Double Header at ANZ Stadium

  • Wane delighted with fantastic experience on New South Wales Tour

Shaun Wane said his side left themselves with too much defending to do as they lost out to South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Warriors went down to defeat in the second game of the International Double at ANZ Stadium after Hull FC

Tom Davies scored twice for the Warriors who trailed 8-12 at the break but Adam Doueihi’s 76th minute try secured the win for Souths.

Speaking after the game, Wane said: “I’m disappointed we didn’t get the win, we did too much defending and showed poor ball control. They had nine more sets than us and five continuous sets in the second half and that took a lot of juice out of us. When we get the ball back our shape and our way our attacking was gone. I’m happy with the effort but our ball control let us down.”

Wane used the game to blood some of his younger players with the likes of Craig Mullen, Liam Paisley and Callum Field all playing big minutes.

“The main priority of coming here (as a team) was to get two points and we did that by beating Hull. When that was finished we move on to this game but we’ve got a big game against Warrington on Friday to try and get two points and we were keen to look after our starting team for that so we put a lot of kids out in that second half. It was a fantastic experience for them but we’re still disappointed we didn’t get the win.”

18,721 fans turned out at ANZ Stadium for the International Double Header

Although disappointed to finish off their time in New South Wales with defeat, Wane said the tour had been great for his squad.

“The players have loved the whole experience. The Australian people and media have treated us really respectfully. It’s very much appreciated.”

Asked if he’d do it again, he replied: “I’d rather come for longer! I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s been an unbelievable experience for all of the players and staff.

“I’d love to come back here, the venues that we’ve trained at have been superb, the hotels, the pitches, the welcome that we’ve had- you can’t fault it. I’m just disappointed we couldn’t share a beer in the changing rooms after two wins.”

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