Wane makes case for the defence

Warriors face Widnes in the Challenge Cup
Warriors face Widnes in the Challenge Cup

SHAUN Wane has spent the past week patching up Wigan’s defence to ensure their Wembley dream remains on track.

The Warriors welcome Widnes to the DW Stadium on Monday in a quarter-final Challenge Cup tie.

They are heavily fancied to progress to the semi-finals less than two weeks later.

But Wane points to Widnes’ points-scoring ability as being a huge threat.

And after patchy performances in their last two outings – both at home, to Bradford and Castleford – he has put a huge emphasis on defence during their preparations.

“Widnes can score, I think they’re third in the competition for scoring tries, and they do test your defence,” said Wane.

“Our defence needs to improve because we’ve had frailties that have cost us tries. We need to concentrate on technical things and we’ve been working on defence all week.”

Wane believes the problems have lied in their defence napping – rather than any system problems.

“In the last couple of weeks we’ve not been at the standard I want, and there’s no excuses - this is about 80 minutes and I want total concentration,” he said.

“It’s simple for me. If you turn up with a good attitude and concentrate on your sill, you give yourself a good chance of winning.

“I’m not looking at where we are on the league table and where they are, this is a different competition and it’s all about the 80 minutes on Monday.”

Wigan will discover tomorrow who they will face in the semi-finals, should they beat Dean Betts’ Widnes.