Wane happy with disciplined display
- Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane reacts to seven-try win over Leeds Rhinos
Wigan Head Coach Shaun Wane praised his side’s discipline and execution after the Warriors ran in seven tries to beat Leeds Rhinos 46-8 in Super League on Thursday evening.
Playing in their first game at the DW Stadium since early May, the Cherry & Whites put on a show in front of their home supporters with wing Liam Marshall grabbing a hat-trick of tries in what proved to be one-sided contest between the two Super League heavyweights.
“We did okay out there tonight, we scored some good tries and stuck to our game plan,” said Wane in his post-match press conference. “There were some flaws (in Leeds’ game) that we needed to exploit and I thought we did that. There were a few things in our game plan, about playing wide and getting some width from the ruck, which we did very well. We had a completion rate of around 85% and had about seven more sets than them, so I was happy with that.
“I thought we managed the game well. We did what we practiced, stuck to our game plan and as I said, we exploited what we wanted to exploit. We’ve not done that many times this year so I’m really happy with that.
Two players who caught the eye in the game were young half-back Josh Woods and debutant Joe Greenwood. Woods crossed for a deserved first-half try, whilst Greenwood carried strongly with some impressive cameos from the interchange bench.
On Joe Greenwood’s first game for the Warriors, Wane said: “He’s a big unit. He’s around 109 kilos and he did a couple of good things today, overall I was happy with him. Joe’s been on the drum singing the team song – he nailed it, and he’s never sung it before. He’s a talented lad!
Wane was equally impressed with his young playmaker, Josh Woods:
“Josh was good, I was happy with him,” he said. “I liked that he ran the first few plays. He scored, kicked well under pressure and controlled things well in the back end of first half. I like him, he’s a good player.”
Attention for Wigan now switches to a mouth-watering match-up against Warrington a week on Friday at the DW Stadium.
“We’re set up for Warrington. I can’t wait for that game.,” revealed Wane. We weren’t good enough last time out in the Cup so I’m really looking forward to playing them once again.
“Ben Flower missed tonight’s game with a neck injury, but he’ll be good next week as will Sarg (Dan Sarginson), and there were no injuries tonight, so I can’t wait to pick the team (for Warrington).”