SHAUN Wane hailed Sunday night’s derby win against St Helens as “the most satisfying” game of his coaching career.
The Warriors – who finished the match will 11 men - put the crowning seal on the Magic Weekend with a stunning 42-16 victory to leapfrog Warrington into top-spot in the Super League ladder.
A whirlwind opening saw Wane’s side register 26 points in as many minutes, and Sam Tomkins and Josh Charnley finished the half with doubles.
But Chris Tuson and Gareth Hock were red-carded, along with St Helens’ Shaun Magennis, for a brawl in the second-half with “killed the game”, in Wane’s view.
He said: “I thought we showed some character and some really good skill. That first 20 minutes was the best we’ve played and to beat a good team like St Helens, in the manner we did, it was a great effort. That was one of the most satisfying wins as a coach. To show the character we showed was fantastic.”
The RFL disciplinary panel will look at the brawl today before deciding whether Hock and Tuson will face further punishment.
“To me it was two packs having a fight,” said Wane. “To send three off, it just killed the game. I thought they were sin-binnings at the worse.”
Any suspensions would deplete the back-row ahead of Friday’s trip to champions Leeds, as Harrison Hansen is facing three weeks out with a suspected fractured jaw suffered in the first-half.
“He wanted to get back on and play – that shows the character we’ve got,” added Wane, who has now won all three derby encounters.
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