Warrior Thornley: We were gutted

Wigan Warriors Gil Dudson is tackled by Leeds Rhinos' Jamie Peacock

Wigan Warriors Gil Dudson is tackled by Leeds Rhinos' Jamie Peacock

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IAIN Thornley took little comfort from the character shown in their narrow loss at Leeds - and reckons they performed at “five out of 10”.

The Warriors led 8-6 at half-time and Thornley’s try in the second-half ensured they were in the contest right until the final seconds.

But a catalogue of errors conspired against them and Leeds clung on for an 18-14 victory.

Despite the defeat, the spirited display from Wigan left many fans encouraged - particularly given the number of front-line stars currently missing.

Thornley, though, revealed the players were all hurting afterwards that they hadn’t beaten the Rhinos comfortably.

“We’re gutted we didn’t win,” said Thornley. “We probably performed five out of 10, that’s what we all agreed at half-time and then we didn’t kick on in the second.

“We thought it was a game we could have won by 12 or 18 points.

“I’m sure it was an exciting game to watch, but we felt it was a game we could have won and we didn’t.”

With no shortage of effort from the visitors, who all wore black armbands in support of coach Shaun Wane following the death of his father, Thornley reckons they will easily be able to improve in time for their next match - at home to Widnes in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Saturday.

“We had a chat after the game and agreed it was the individual errors that let us down, rather than the team work,” said Thornley.

“So a few of us need to look at the mistakes we made and make sure they don’t happen again.” Academy-product Thornley showed some quality touches on the left wing, following a shuffle of the three-quarters to both accommodate Darrell Goulding’s and cover for Sam Tomkins’ absence with a dead-leg.

He has played every other match at centre, alongside winger Pat Richards who lined-up at full-back at Leeds.

“It’s not what you’d ideally like after six games at centre,” he added.

“But I felt we were pretty comfortable, and to have that ability to change things around and cope is a good attribute to have going forward.”

Wane is hoping Tomkins will be fit to return to the side in time for Saturday’s game against the Vikings.