SHAUN Wane can be a happy fella, but the post-match press conferences usually catch him at his grumpiest.
It’s usually the time he’s cursing errors, analysing shortfalls and thinking up ways he can improve his side.
Yesterday, after a record Super League win, he was understandably happy. Until one journalist – presumably who didn’t know Mr Wane’s mind-set very well – asked the question: “How pleased are you to keep Hull KR to just six points?”
The smile disappeared.
“I was gutted about that six,” he said, in all seriousness. “We’ll sort that out this week.” Sam Tomkins’ wizardry, Liam Farrell’s engine, Blake Green’s slick partnership with Matty Smith and Pat Richards’ continued excellence have contributed to Wigan’s ascent up the ladder. But I would argue Wane’s pursuit of perfection remains Wigan’s greatest asset of them all.
LATICS’ 1-0 victory against Norwich last Saturday was their fifth win in six matches.
If that wasn’t good enough, their main relegation rivals – QPR, Aston Villa and Reading – all lost, taking Wigan out of the bottom three.
They travel to QPR this weekend looking to put some space between themselves and the bottom three.
Three points would lift them into a group of teams in lower mid-table, and virtually relegate QPR in the process.
With a Wembley FA Cup semi-final to look forward to the following weekend, it’s a pretty decent time to be a Wigan Athletic supporter.
PICK out results in isolation, and you can use them to support whatever argument you want.
Claiming Super League standards are slipping on the back of Wigan’s 84-6 thrashing of Hull KR carries as much weight as saying it’s a league where ‘a team at the bottom can beat a team at the top’, on the basis that Salford did just that against Huddersfield last week.
GOOD luck to Ince Rose Bridge this Sunday as they chase a place in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup, alongside the Super League clubs.
It’s a shame their match against Hemel Stags – one of the newcomers to Championship One this year – couldn’t have been arranged as a DW curtain-raiser, or even at a time which didn’t clash with the Warriors’ match against Wakefield. But I hope their match at Douglas Valley (kick-off 2pm) goes their way. Can you imagine if the Warriors’ first stop on the road to Wembley took them to Ince?
FILING through amateur reports can be a laborious task, but it’s often made enjoyable by the frank writing of the contributors.
This week, one report which started: “Not much of a report today folks because my wife dumped both of my troublesome daughters on me. I managed to bribe my mum into looking after the older and well behaved one, which meant I was left with a three-year old terror.”