Wane makes a case for better defence

Wigan Warriors' Dominic Manfredi  scores against Wakefield
Wigan Warriors' Dominic Manfredi scores against Wakefield

SHAUN Wane has called for better defence from his Wigan Warriors as their revamped attacking game finds top gear.

Warriors had no problem racking up points in their last outing against Wakefield, despite letting plenty more opportunities slip.

Our attack has been great and we’re playing with some conviction, but our defence needs to be more consistent, and we need to concentrate for 80 minutes

Shaun Wane

But the nature of the defence which led to Wildcats’ 22 points last Thursday is a frustration for the coach.

In high intensity games Warriors have proved they can tighten their grip in defence, as they demonstrated on Good Friday by keeping arch rivals St Helens to one try – but they have conceded 20 or more points on six occasions in 2015, including 22 against tonight’s visitors, Hull KR, back in March.

“Our attack has been great and we’re playing with some conviction, but our defence needs to be more consistent, and we need to concentrate for 80 minutes,” he Wane said.

“In big games we seem to do that – Good Friday, Warrington – but in the games they see as lesser games, they seem to drop off a bit.”

Despite Wane’s demand for improvement, only St Helens, Huddersfield and surprisingly 11th-placed Hull FC have leaked fewer points so far in Super League, but one area which is pleasing for the Warriors coach is his side’s attack.

Only Leeds have scored more points in Super League so far this term, but Wigan, with 834 points scored, had the best attack in 2014.

But asking for more points and giving a licence to his players to show flair doesn’t mean Wane wants to see rugby league’s answer to the Harlem Globetrotters.

“I don’t want us to become a basketball team,” he explained.