STUNNED Shaun Wane offered no excuses for Wigan’s second-heaviest defeat in Super League history.
The Warriors returned to England yesterday still reeling from their 58-10 loss to a rampant Catalans Dragons outfit in Perpignan.
Our edge defence was the worst it’s ever beenShaun Wane
It was the club’s biggest loss since going down 70-0 to Leeds in 2005, but unlike that crisis-hit campaign, this landslide defeat was a bolt out of the blue – Wigan had gone into the contest as bookmakers’ favourites.
Wane was left shaking his head at his players’ failure to match Catalans’ aggression and enthusiasm, which paved the way for Todd Carney and Scott Dureau to orchestrate a classy performance.
“We were beaten by a far better team,” conceded Wane.
“They were more enthusiastic and ran hard and we weren’t up for the physical battle.
“You can’t do that when you come here, you have to come here and be physical with them and we weren’t.
“We were ill-disciplined and were really, really poor. We weren’t getting tight in contact and it is refereed a different way over here, there is no doubt about that, but we know what we’re dealing with over here and we just weren’t up for the physical battle.
“It was a bad day at the office today. One of the worst.”
When asked if anyone impressed him during the game, Wane replied: “No, nobody, not one person.
“Our edge defence was the worst it’s ever been and we didn’t build any pressure throughout the game, our completions were poor and when we made an error, we didn’t defend it well.
“They were by far the better team.”
Tony Gigot and Zeb Taia scored hat-tricks for Catalans, with Dureau adding nine of 10 conversions in windy conditions.
Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous couldn’t resist a swipe at Wane afterwards, after the Warriors boss had said he would be “disappointed” with Catalans’ away form if he was in charge. The two teams have matching records on the road, each with one win this season at lowly Wakefield.
“I would like to be the coach of Wigan because you know that if you start taking care of the opposition then you have time to waste,” he said.
“Here at the Dragons, I don’t have time to waste thinking about what the opposition coach is feeling.”
He added: “We showed today what we were capable of if we’re all on the same page, defensively and offensively.”