SHAUN Wane says his Wigan players are determined to “right some wrongs” when they host Super League leaders Leeds this week.
The wounded Warriors have spent the last two days in training, aiming to return to form in front of their home fans – and the Sky cameras – this Thursday night.
We got beaten up, we got bullied, and that’s not the way we do thingsShaun Wane
Wane’s third-placed outfit were soundly beaten 17-6 at Warrington last weekend, a defeat which stretched their chances of climbing to the top-spot before the Super 8s begin.
A frank review highlighted several areas to “fix”, though Wane says a lot of their flaws stemmed from a poor attitude against the Wolves.
That defeat was their second in three games, sandwiching a scrappy win against Salford. But the coach is confident fans will see a much better performance against the Rhinos this week.
He said: “The review was tough for everyone, but that’s what you get when you lose a game we should have won.
“We got beaten up, we got bullied, and that’s not the way we do things.
“The players are hurting, because they know they let themselves down.
“But they’ve got a chance to put a few things right this week, and they’re determined to do that.”
Pace-setters Leeds are four points clear of Wigan following their comfortable 46-18 win against St Helens on Friday night.
The Warriors need to win to keep alive their faint hopes of climbing to top-spot before the Super 8s begin.
Even then, it would be a tall order as they would be relying on the Rhinos to drop points in their following two matches, at home against Catalans and Salford. Meanwhile, Warrington’s Daryl Clark and Ashton Sims have both been charged over the same tackle on George Williams in Thursday’s 17-6 defeat.
Clark faces a Grade A “dangerous contact” and Australian forward Sims with Grade B punching.
The incident was put on report by referee Ben Thaler but Wigan weren’t awarded a penalty.
Williams is suffering with a neck injury, thought to have been caused during the tackle, and is a doubt for Thursday’s match against Leeds.
The stand-off was due to undergo a second scan late yesterday.
Both of the Warrington players charged have the option of submitting early guilty pleas, guaranteeing them minimum punishments.
Elsewhere, Leeds fullback Zak Hardaker looks set to miss this Thurday’s match after being charged with a Grade B dangerous throw on St Helens’ Travis Burns last Friday.