SHAUN Wane watched his Wigan team march to the top of the Super League ladder with a thumping 56-10 win against woeful Hull FC.
Teenager George Williams led the rout with a hat-trick of tries, with Dom Manfredi bagging a double and Lewis Tierney scoring a dazzling solo effort in his first appearance of the year.
In total, eight of the Warriors’ 10 tries were scored by homegrown players in front of 12,493 fans.
And while Wane was far from satisfied with their tired start, he was full of praise for the rest of their one-sided display.
He said: “I’m fairly happy, I’m not ecstatic, because I thought our start was a bit slow.
“But to score 56 points with the team we had out was great. Some people in the media seem to forget we had nine players out - and the kids are doing a great job.
“To be in this position is a credit to our system.
“We’ll drip-feed some players back in the next few weeks, there’ll be plenty of competition and so we’re in good shape - and we’ve got players to come back.”
Stand-off Blake Green and hooker Mike McIlorum are his key absentees. But their deputies are doing little wrong, with Sam Powell crossing last night and Williams’ treble doubling his tally for the season.
“He’s an outstanding talent, he took his tries well,” said Wane, who also praised Liam Farrell and John Bateman.
Encouragingly, he reported no fresh injury problems from the rout, and may welcome some senior figures back for next weekend’s trip to Bradford.
Wigan led 22-4 at the interval and dialled up the tempo from the restart, registering six further touchdowns with only one reply.
For Hull FC, it was their fifth game without a win - leaving their hopes of reaching the play-offs hanging by a thread.
Coach Lee Radford said he felt “embarrassed” by their display. “There were some unbelievably average performances out there,” he said. “To watch us capitulate like that was disappointing.”
The victory saw Wigan leap from fourth to first in the Super League table, though they will be nudged back to second if St Helens win at basement club London Broncos (Saturday).