Wane wants Warriors to clean up their act

Wigan Warriors' Taulima Tautai is tackled by Hull KR's Graeme Horn
Wigan Warriors' Taulima Tautai is tackled by Hull KR's Graeme Horn

SHAUN Wane will instruct his players to be “squeaky clean” when they head to Castleford – but doesn’t want them to taper their aggression.

The Warriors coach knows how hostile the Tigers’ home ground can be for visiting sides, and predicts his players will need to be disciplined in Friday night’s clash.

I don’t want us to be less aggressive – we just need to be a bit smarter

Shaun Wane

Wigan have conceded more penalties than any other Super League team in the first three rounds – 29 – with nearly half of those (13) in Sunday’s 22-20 loss at Hull KR.

Wane hinted his disappointment at some of the decisions in the post-match press conference, but last night stuck by his policy of not criticising officials after defeats.

Instead, he has laid down the challenge to his players to make sure they don’t give the referee any excuse to penalise his side this Friday night.

“Castleford is a really tough ground to go, the crowd are vocal and on top of you, and so we have to be squeaky clean,” he said.

“I don’t want us to be less aggressive – we just need to be a bit smarter.”

Wigan, seventh after three Super League rounds, also conceded more penalties (eight) than any of the other five teams in the World Club Series.

It’s perhaps too early to draw an accurate picture of teams’ discipline, but Salford (28), Castleford (27) and St Helens (26) are among the other worst culprits for penalties so far, while Leeds (16) have conceded the fewest, according to Opta statistics.