Wane hopes Bath camp can scrub-up form

Leeds Rhinos' Andy Yates is tackled by Wigan Warriors' John Bateman and Lee Mossop

Leeds Rhinos' Andy Yates is tackled by Wigan Warriors' John Bateman and Lee Mossop

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SHAUN Wane hopes a two-day training camp with Bath rugby union will help his team click into gear.

The Premiership giants – including superstar Sam Burgess – arrived in town last night.

We’re really looking forward to the week and showing Bath the same courtesy they showed us last year

Shaun Wane

The two outfits trained in Bath back in August, and will spend the next two days together at Warriors’ Orrell base.

And as well as sharing ideas and practices, Wane believes the sessions will help polish their attack – and tighten their defence – following a sticky start to the season.

He said: “What we’ll gain from it is the chance to attack against players who don’t normally defend against us.

“Usually, we’re training against our Under-19s and our fringe players who know our systems and know what we’re going to do.

“And on the flipside, Bath have some really quality individuals and it’s a good exercise for our defence to train against players they’re not used to facing.

“We won’t be doing any of the technical side of union, the rucks or the mauls.

“But – you only had to watch England on Saturday – to see the attacks themselves are very similar.

“So we’re really looking forward to the week and showing Bath the same courtesy they showed us last year.”

Bath, fourth in the Premiership, are coached by Wane’s former Wigan team-mate Mike Ford, and have ex-league star Kyle Eastmond in their ranks – as well as former Souths sensation Burgess.

“I’m a massive admirer of Sam, and for players like John Bateman, it’s a great chance to come up against someone of his calibre,” he added.

Results yesterday nudged Wigan down to seventh in the Super League table, ahead of Friday’s visit of Wakefield. They face St Helens a week later in the Good Friday derby.

Both games are at home, but Wane is taking little comfort from the fact they have won their two Super League games at the DW, while failing to pick up any victories on the road.

“The fact is we’ve not been playing well at home either,” said Wane, whose side went down 26-14 at Leeds on Friday. “There’s a lot of improving in us, and we’re working hard to fix it.”

Warriors Under-19s lost for the first time in 2015 as they went down 44-24 to St Helens at Langtree Park on Saturday.

David Thompson, Luke Waterworth, Liam Paisley and Gabriel Fell with two were the try scorers for Wigan.