Wane: Make a name for yourself
Shaun Wane has laid down a challenge to his fringe players and told them: 'Come and make your name.'
The Warriors coach is without a dozen of his ‘starters’ for tonight’s showdown with Salford.
He already had a patched-up side before the 54-4 loss at Castleford and five members of that side are missing this evening - Ben Flower, George Williams, Anthony Gelling and Morgan Escare to injury, as well as England’s Sean O’Loughlin.
Their absences have opened up chances for several of his fringe players, such as Joe Bretherton, Jack Wells, Liam Forsyth and Romain Navarrete.
And Wane says they have a golden opportunity to follow the example set by wingers Liam Marshall and Tom Davies - both holding down spots just weeks after debuting - and prove they deserve to be in the side.
He said: “That’s the message I’ve said to them, come and make your name.
“Joe and Romain have got the respect of the players but they can really hammer home that the are part of the squad by standing out.
“This is the chance for them to do that.
“We’re under the pump, we need some good performances, but I’m excited - I want to see if we get an unbelievable win.”
Wane says they quickly drew a line under the mauling at the Tigers as they passed the halfway point of the regular season, before the Super 8s begin.
“It was a tough day, some of the tries we conceded were unacceptable, but we’ve got it out of our system,” he said.
“I don’t like losing like we did at Cas’ but big picture I’m pretty happy we are at this stage in the season. We’re not far off.”
Salford have seven senior players absent including ex-Warrior Lee Mossop, Junior Sa’u and Aussies Justin Carney and Todd Carney.
“Salford are playing well, they were by far the best team in the Widnes game last weekend (winning 30-10),” said Wane. “Rob Lui and (Michael) Dobson are controlling them, it’s a big challenge for us.
“What’s important for me is to make sure we play.
“I don’t want us to go in our shell, I want us to throw things at them.”