Shaun Wane said it was a ‘big victory against a fantastic team’ after his Wigan side kept Castleford scoreless in the second half to record a good 28-12 victory over the Tigers.
SW on Castleford:
“Castleford are a very good team, they’ve beaten us four times in the last four games against them and I have absolutely no argument about those losses either. They beat us fair and square each time and they were by far the better team in those four games. They ended our season last year, so it was a big victory against a fantastic team tonight. I’m happy.”
SW on the game: “I thought the first section of the first half we started a bit soft and the last ten minutes we just gave them a few penalties, some pressure releases with errors and they got on our line and got us twice. That was poor defence, the one-on-one misses.
“We had a chat about it at half time, showed the players some footage and the boys fixed that and Castleford didn’t score in the second half. I’m very happy, the last two weeks we’ve beaten two really good teams and I’m happy with where we’re at.”
SW on late squad change, after Dan Sarginson pulled up with a back problem in the warm up, meaning Romain Navarette came in on the bench:
“Dan had a tight back and it got worse in the warm-up. It tightened and started to spasm. Before he went out, I questioned him and he said he felt good and all the medical people were happy with him, but he had a bit of a wrestle in the warm-up and it went on him.
“John Bateman at centre can always defend, he’s a really calm defender and holds his nerve well, but when you’ve not trained like that all week, it will disrupt us no question. However, I thought the boys stuck to the task really well.” SW on improvement still to be made:
“Castleford are a very good team and not many teams will keep them to nil for forty minutes, which is something we should be very proud of. I don’t want to sound arrogant in any way, but in my heart I genuinely feel like there’s loads of improvements to be made, we can be miles better and I’ll be showing that the players tomorrow morning.”