Canny Wane unconcerned by defeat

Wigan's John Bateman makes a tackle in the game against the Giants
Wigan's John Bateman makes a tackle in the game against the Giants
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SHAUN Wane was disappointed but not disheartened after watching his depleted Wigan side tumble to only their second defeat in 13 matches last night.

Huddersfield became the first team this year to register a double against the champions as they powered to a 31-22 victory.

Wane said: “We weren’t good enough, they were the better team.

“The 50-50s didn’t seem to go our way, but our completion was poor and you can’t be like that at Huddersfield.

“We knew what we needed to do and we didn’t, we turned over too much ball.

“It was probably one game too far, but next week is very important and we’ve got to make sure everyone is firing then.”

Warriors welcomed back Sean O’Loughlin and Matty Bowen to a depleted line-up still missing nine front-line stars.

And the two senior figures made an early impact, each scoring a try as the champions took a 12-0 lead early on.

But they surrendered their advantage, leaking 18 unanswered points before the break and falling further behind in the second-half.

Dom Manfredi threw them a lifeline but it wasn’t enough, with wingers Jermaine McGillvary and Joe Burgess exchanging tries before the end.

“They made changes, bringing players off the bench, and we didn’t handle it well,” admitted Wane.

The result was not the ideal preparation for Wigan’s Challenge Cup quarter-final tie against Castleford a week tomorrow.

But Wane said: “That wasn’t us, that’s why I’m not worried. We weren’t clinical.

“ We’ve got some good time to prepare and it won’t dent our confidence because we know how we can play.”

He reported no fresh injury concerns, and may be able to welcome Liam Farrell, Ben Flower and Eddy Pettybourne back into the frame for the cup clash.