Post-match reaction from Head Coach Shaun Wane after Wigan beat Catalans 35-6
Wane reveals the extent of Liam Marshall’s injury
- Wane praises two-try forward Joe Greenwood in post-match comments
Shaun Wane was delighted with his side’s professionalism after they defeated Catalans Dragons 35-6 in Perpignan in Wigan’s second win of the Super 8s.
Wigan’s dominance and execution in his side’s six-try win augers well for Wane, who will be looking to add a final Super League triumph in his final year as the Warriors figurehead. He will have to mastermind a final assault on the Super League title without wing Liam Marshall, who left the field nine minutes into the game.
On Marshall’s injury, Wane cut a disconsolate figure when asked about his wing’s injury status.
“Marshy has a suspected injury to his ACL. I’m absolutely wounded (by the news),” said Wane. “I’m upset by this one, as he’s been fantastic, he’s been an ever present and hopefully we can get him something to show for that this year but unfortunately without him. That’s professional sport, but it’s (Marshall’s injury) is a big reason for us moving forward.
“We had some disruption when we lost Marshy (Liam Marshall), it always is when you lose a winger and you never really account for that but I thought the way we dealt with that was good.
“Tom (Davies) was carrying a knock, as was Gabe (Hamlin) – we did some tough stuff out there tonight.
“I was happy, as it was a good performance. It’s (Stade Gilbert Brutus) is always a tough place to come. We got in at 3.30am last night, but the players showed real professionalism, our completions were high, and I thought we were very physical tonight. I was very happy with that. Mark Bitcon and PJ (Paul Johnson) have done a great job getting the lads prepped for the game.
“Two wins in the 8s is good, as is getting this out of the way, as it’s so tough to come here. We’ve got some momentum and a good break ahead of us where we could possibly get some bodies back – Lockers (Sean O’Loughlin), possibly Faz (Liam Farrell) and definitely Dom Manfredi now.”
When asked about a fine personal performance from mid-season recruit Joe Greenwood, Wane was keen to heap praise on his second rower but stressed how he expects to see some more from the former Gold Coast Titans and St Helens star.
He said: “I think Joe is a good player and the way he’s playing at the moment I’d say he’s round about a 7 out of 10, I still think he’s got a lot of potential and improvement I him. The way he carried the ball when he scored that try was promising, but he doesn’t hit like I’d want a Wigan player to hit we’re working on that and that was his best game this year for us.”