Wane: A team is going to get hit soon

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane
Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane
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SHAUN Wane reckons it’s only a matter of time before his Wigan team click into gear... and predicts a team is “going to get hit pretty soon”.

The Warriors face Hull FC at the DW Stadium tonight looking for their second win of a stuttering campaign.

Hull will get more confidence out of watching our game last week than the other way around, and I’m not having it. Our players are too good to have people thinking that about them

Shaun Wane

Wane and his coaches have been working overtime since their most recent defeat – a 42-14 loss at Castleford a week ago.

But his confidence in his players has not been questioned, and he reckons fans will soon see the real Warriors step up.

“No team has seen the best of us yet,” he said.

“But one thing I’m confident about is this bubble, this group here, and what we are in control of.

“If we keep concentrating on ourselves, working hard, and have the right attitude, there’s no doubt about it – a team is going to get hit pretty soon.”

Hull FC’s winless run stretches back further than Wigan’s – all the way to the opening day.

But Wane says their run of losses paint a distorted picture, pointing to their narrow defeats to Warrington and Salford, as well as their 12-0 half-time lead against Leeds a week ago.

He expects a fierce challenge in tonight’s non-televised clash.

“They were terrific in the first-half last week, and if they put two halves together like that they’ll be pretty unstoppable,” he said.

“I read the coach’s comments afterwards, he wasn’t happy with their second half... but I wasn’t happy with our 80 minutes, so he’s got an advantage.

“They’ll get more confidence out of watching our game last week than the other way around, and I’m not having it.

“Our players are too good to have people thinking that about them.”

While Leeds and St Helens top the table unbeaten, Wane predicts this will be a more even competition as teams jostle for places in the top ‘Super 8’, and then the top-four play-offs.

“The fact is, we don’t have a divine right to win any games,” he said.

“We need to understand where we’re at. We’ve got a young team and it’s a really competitive competition.

“It makes the competition better, when anyone can beat anyone else on their day, and I like the fact every game is like a cup final.

“I don’t think there’s any team killing it right now.

“There’s no stand-out team is there? But when you look at performance, we’re at the bottom end – and that’s killing me at the moment.”