SHAUN Wane was left “frustrated” after watching his Wigan team slip to defeat at Castleford.
Luke Dorn swept over with just 12 seconds on the clock to clinch a 36-31 victory for the early-season pacesetters.
Warriors were level 30-30 after Matty Smith converted Josh Charnley’s late try and then, when the halfback hit a drop-goal, the visitors edged ahead.But the frantic exchanges continued as Cas retook the lead, and Wane admitted he would have felt “embarrassed” if they had won.
“At the errors, the penalties we gave away you can’t come here and do that. You put yourself under too much pressure,” he said.
“I’m frustrated. We weren’t there today. It was there for the taking, and we put ourselves into position to win it. I would have felt like we’d pinched it, if we’d won, I’d have taken it but I’d have been embarrassed.”
Wane denied that complacency was at the root of Wigan’s lacklustre display.
“They were ready to play,” said the coach, who should have captain Sean O’Loughlin back from a shoulder injury to face Hull KR on Friday.
“Lockers is a quality player, but the fact is he won’t be there every week, and we need to perform without him.”
Meanwhile, Wane said he planned “urgent” talks with the RFL over clarification of the cannonball rule after Ben Flower was sinbinned in the second-half for the controversial tackle.
“I’ve been given ways to teach it, and that was... I’m at an absolute loss,” said Wane. “I’ve had clear instructions from the RFL, that’s what we’ve practiced, and that’s what Ben did.”
Tigers coach Daryl Powell also felt Mike McIlorum should have been sent off for a high tackle which left Kirk Dixon with a suspected broken jaw. The RFL match review panel will view the first-half incident today.
The Tigers have now won four in a row following earlier victories over Catalan, Bradford and Hull KR.
“It was some finish. I thought we’d won it, we’d lost, we’d drawn it and then we won it again, so it was a crazy finish,” said Powell.
“But I thought it was a great game. Wigan kept coming back at us, we couldn’t finish them off.”
Warriors centre Dan Sarginson will have an ankle injury, suffered during the second-half, assessed today.