Warriors coach Shaun Wane considers wielding the axe

Warriors players look on after Hull KR score a try on Friday night

Warriors players look on after Hull KR score a try on Friday night

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SHAUN Wane is considering wielding the axe in the wake of their Challenge Cup exit.

The coach was disappointed with several individual performances in Friday’s shock 16-12 loss to Hull KR.

The defeat - just two weeks after a 60-0 victory against the Robins - dumped them off the Wembley trail and left the 2013-double winners to focus solely on a Super League title tilt.

Wane plans to wait until early this week before deciding which players may pay the price for their poor display.

He said last night: “I’ll have a good look at the game again, but the way I’m thinking right now, there will be some changes.

“It wasn’t good enough.”

The way I’m thinking right now, there will be some changes.

Shaun Wane

Such is the strength of his squad, Wane has a number of frontline players currently missing out.

And it raises the possibility of full-back Matty Bowen and bench-hooker Logan Tomkins coming into the reckoning ahead of Saturday’s trip to Catalans Dragons. Utility back Lewis Tierney, forward Rhodri Lloyd and prop James Greenwood are also on the fringes.

Wane will also check on how injured Ben Flower (hamstring) and Tony Clubb (knee) are progressing before looking at his front-row options.

He is already resigned to making one enforced change this week.

England forward Liam Farrell left the action at Leigh Sports Village late on with a badly broken nose and was due to undergo a CT scan today to assess the extent of the damage.

Welshman Lloyd, who deputised for Farrell the previous week, would be one potential replacement. Alternatively, Wane may shuffle his forwards and play Larne Patrick in the spot.

Having reviewed Friday’s Cup game already, Wane still believes his players were their own worst enemies.

“The effort was there but we were dumb with the ball,” he said. “We defended okay but out attack was poor.

“We made 18 errors, there was poor skill and we didn’t commit to our plays.”