SHAUN Wane admitted Wigan played their ‘get out of jail’ card after leaving Castleford with a 28-22 victory yesterday.
Chris Tuson’s second try in the 78th minute eventually killed off the home side’s hopes after they had roared back from 22-4 down to level the scores with three unanswered tries in a 20-minute spell.
Rangi Chase and Matty Smith both went close with late drop-goal attempts before Sean O’Loughlin engineered an opening for Tuson to cross.
And while Wane was happy to secure two points, he was less than impressed with the way they let the Tigers off the hook.
He said: “I thought we played well in parts – we just weren’t consistent enough.
“When we played well, we played really well. “But in the second half, penalties, poor errors and poor skill put us under pressure.“I’m glad we showed some steel in finishing it off. That was definitely a get out of jail card. “I’m happy with the two points but the manner in which we got it, I’m a bit disappointed. I’m not over the moon.”
Castleford had beaten Leeds and drawn against Catalan - Wigan’s opponents this Friday – at home already this season, and Wane paid tribute their hosts’ battling qualities which helped produce an entertaining, enjoyable spectacle.
“They had a dig and they have some skill,” he said. “They are obviously well coached so I’m glad for the win.”
Wane saved special praise for O’Loughlin, who led magnificently for 80 minutes before conjuring up the decisive play for Tuson.
“He is a dream to coach,” said Wane. “He’s an outstanding individual in how he lives his life, he’s a real good pro’.
“These last few weeks I’ve been into him about his game and he takes it on board and to come up like that is just typical Lockers. I can’t speak highly enough of him, he’s quality.”
The win was soured by a head injury to Dom Crosby, which will be assessed today.
Castleford coach Ian Millward showered praise on Wigan’s first-half outing and added: “It was a tough way to lose.”