Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane happy with ‘really professional display’

Dom Manfredi goes over for one of his three tries against Catalans
Dom Manfredi goes over for one of his three tries against Catalans

SHAUN Wane took great satisfaction from his side’s first shut-out of the year as Wigan reclaimed third spot in the Super League table.

After their 34-0 victory over Catalans, he said: “It was really pleasing to get the ‘nil’.

“It was a really professional display.”

It marked the first occasion the Warriors had nilled a team in 2015, and also stretched their winning run at home to five Super League games this season – which will boost their confidence ahead of the visit of Warrington on Thursday night.

Wane said: “It could have been a messy game in those conditions but we were really professional. I was really impressed.

“They’re a strong team but they never looked like scoring. There were a lot of things to be happy about.

“We do well here at the DW. I want us to concentrate on every single game now, and make sure we play with the same smartness as we did today.”

The Warriors scored four tries in each half - and the margin of victory would have been greater had Ryan Hampshire not missed seven of his eight conversion attempts.

He had been given the task because Matty Smith had a tight hamstring –but the No.7 will have role back for Thursday’s game against Warrington.

Wingers Dom Manfredi and Joe Burgess score five of the eight tries, but across the board the Warriors dominated their opponents. Dom Crosby made a successful return from injury in a pack which out-muscled the Dragons.

Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous said: “We didn’t play smart enough.
 I know they can play better, some did pretty well, some were at 10 or 20 per cent of their ability.

“You need to give your best to beat Wigan and that was not the case.”

Wane confirmed Ben Flower will play against Warrington after completing his six-month ban.

John Bateman (suspension), Sean O’Loughlin, Josh Charnley and Sam Powell (injury) may also be available again, though the coach is unsure yet which of those may return.

Joel Tomkins suffered a minor knee injury but should be fit to face the Wolves, who beat Wakefield 80-0 at the weekend.