Wane wants a ruthless edge after easing up

Blake Green heads for the line
Blake Green heads for the line

SHAUN Wane blasted lack of consistency despite a 36-6 win over Bradford keeping his side top of Super League.

Five first half tries gave Wigan a 30-point half time cushion and with the wind at their backs after the break another avalanche looked likely.

But the Wigan boss was left disgruntled with a second half display which saw the sides share only a try each after Wigan had ended the first half out of sight.

“Six a piece in the second half has taken a piece of the joy away from me,” said Wane, whose side remained one point ahead of Huddersfield at the top of the Super League ladder.

“We’re not really playing the way I want yet and if we’d have been a bit more ruthless in the second half we’d have been quite close to it.

“We’re doing some good things but just not often enough for me.”

Liam Farrell stole the show with his first Super League hat-trick and the Warriors number 12 showed off footwork which wouldn’t have looked out of place on a half back.

Wane was delighted with Farrell’s exploits but still thinks he can be even better.

“I rate him like I rate Chris Tuson and Harrison Hansen. We have some good back rowers,” said Wane.

“The consistency to his game is outstanding and he is a great lad but I don’t think his defence has been outstanding. With the ball in hand he is great though.

“We need to work on his defence and that is what we are looking to improve at the moment.

“He has a lot of improvement in him and I’m very happy with where we are at the minute.”

The astute kicking games of Blake Green and Matty Smith laid the platform for Wigan’s first half dominance and Wane is pleased with how the new pairing have shaped-up in the first part of the season.

“I’m happy with how the halves are going, the run well and kick well,” said Wane. “I was really impressed with some of the tries we scored and I thought our energy was spot on.

“I never expected a halftime team talk while we were 30 nil up and we were in a good place. We scored some great tries and our defence was spot on”

The intensity undoubtedly dropped in the second half and Wane doesn’t think it was just his own side that suffered.

“The pitch was sandy and dead and the players were fatigued in the second half,” he added.

“The energy of the two sides was poor in the second half.”

Wane also denied any knowledge of Parramatta recruitment manager, Peter Nolan, keeping an eye on Lee Mossop’s return to action.

“I didn’t know that,” he said, “They’d be impressed if they did. He did really well.”

Mossop is expected to join Parramatta for next season in a deal which will also see Gareth Hock move to Australia.

Hock, currently on a season-long loan with Widnes, is also wanted by the Eels to add some muscle to their pack for 2014.

Wigan have already secured his replacement, Welsh rugby union star Andy Powell, who will join next month.