Wane: Our attack deserves credit

Shaun Wane hopes Wigan's attack finally gets the credit he thinks it deserves after putting Wakefield to the sword.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 9:44 pm
Updated Friday, 5th August 2016, 11:49 pm
George Williams scored two tries and was hailed an "outstanding talent"

The Warriors ran in 11 tries to thrash the Yorkshire outfit 60-12 at the DW Stadium.

With Hull FC and Warrington both slipping to defeats this round, it allowed Wigan to draw level with FC on points at the top of the table - and boost their for and against tally.

Wane said: “I know we’ve been blitzed about our attack, but I thought we did some good things, though I’m not sure we’ll get the credit for it.

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“We tweaked a few things in training and it clicked. I’m very pleased with the performance.

“I’m not getting carried away, we understood what we were up against - Wakefield are down on numbers.”

The style and margin of victory also blew away the gloom of their 16-12 Challenge Cup semi-final loss to Hull FC a week earlier.

Wane said: “They are a spirited group and mentally strong, and they dusted themselves down. Bigger picture, last week was two tries apiece against a good Hull FC side - so we knew what position we’re in.”

Of Wigan’s 11 tries, eight were scored by academy-products including two each by George Williams and Sam Tomkins.

With speculation mounting national coach Wayne Bennett will look to an Australian-born halfback for the Four Nations, Wane was pleased to see Williams strengthen his case to add to the three England caps he earned last autumn.

“I’ve no influence on it but I think he’s an outstanding talent,” said Wane. “There’s the (perception) we’ve not got halves in this country, when we have.”

Meanwhile, chairman Ian Lenagan confirmed Wigan will not take a home Super-8s match on the road but will “consider” taking a regular season game to London in 2017.

He shelved plans to repeat the 2015 capital move - in which they staged a Super-8s ‘home’ game against Catalans at Millwall - this year, after fans were inconvenienced by two late DW Stadium fixture changes earlier this season.

“The London project still remains important to Wigan in commercial opportunity and brand profile,” Lenagan wrote in his programme notes.

“Next year we will consider a London fixture in the regular season but will continue to take fans’ input on the issue.”