‘No choice’ but to call-off match at Workington

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane

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SHAUN Wane said Wigan had little choice in calling off yesterday’s game at Workington.

The friendly - a testimonial for ex-prop Paul Prescott - was postponed hours before kick-off because of a water-logged pitch.

Warriors say they made the decision after taking medical advice, with the home side - and the referee - agreeing the surface was in no fit state to stage the game.

Wane said: “It would have been great to have had a hit-out, but there was no way I was going to go against medical advice and play. The pitch was really bad - we risked serious injuries and we weren’t going to take that chance, certainly not with the World Club Challenge a few weeks away.

“It’s a shame for Precky, but he’s played the game and he understood.”

Wigan have one more friendly, this Friday at St Helens, before their Super League defence begins a week later at home to Huddersfield.

“We were going to have a recovery day (today),” said Wane. “So this allows us to get some extra work into them.

“It also makes Friday’s game at St Helens more important, it’s our last chance to get everything right before we start.”