Wigan Head Coach reacts to Super 8s win over Hull FC
Describes win against Yorkshire side as “ugly”
- Wigan the first side to go unbeaten in all seven Super 8s fixtures
Wigan Head Coach Shaun Wane says Wigan’s victory over Hull FC “was ugly” as his side made it seven from seven in the Super 8s.
Hull FC got off to a good start with tries from Carlos Tuimavave and Jamie Shaul, but Wigan battled their way back into it with tries from Gabe Hamlin, Dan Sarginson and Oliver Gildart to confirm their unbeaten Super 8s.
Speaking after the victory, Wane said, “We wanted to get through these seven games unbeaten and we did that, but it was ugly.”
He continued, “We were disjointed, they were disjointed and it was an end of season game where not a lot was riding on it.”
“No question, we weren’t great. The plan was to play Sam Powell for 25 minutes, and we did that. We got to see Liam Farrell for a bit too.”
On being the first side to win all seven Super 8s games in a season, the head coach said, “We wanted to be the team to do it. It’s not easy, there’s no question, we just need to make sure we keep it going now.”
“We will be a very different team next week. With players we’ve got coming back who are all fit and healthy, I’m buzzing.”
On individual performances he said, “That looked like a proper Dom Manfredi performance. He had lots to do and he caused them lots of trouble.”
“Gabe Hamlin has been on form in the last few weeks, I thought he turned up today, he had a decent game and did some good things.“
“I thought John Bateman was outstanding and was dead set on for Man of the Match.”
Wane was also full of praise for the travelling head coach Lee Radford. He said, “It’s the last time I’ll coach against him. He’s a good bloke, a good coach and runs a good club.”
The U19s won the Academy Grand Final on the DW Stadium pitch just before the first team faced Hull, beating Leeds Rhinos U19s. Wane took the time to praise the talented youngsters and coaching staff.
He said, “Fantastic, really pleased for them, I thought they’ve done well this year and I’m so happy for Matty (Peet) and Darrell Goulding. It was a really good performance against a far bigger Leeds team who were ultra confident.”