Wane so proud to be heading to Old Trafford again

Shaun Wane admits he cried after Wigan made it through to the Grand Final.

Friday, 5th October 2018, 11:09 pm
Updated Saturday, 6th October 2018, 4:35 am
Warriors celebrate after Thomas Leuluai's try gave them a first-half lead
Warriors celebrate after Thomas Leuluai's try gave them a first-half lead

Their 14-0 semi-final victory against Castleford extended his reign as coach for one more week - they will face Warrington at Old Trafford next Saturday, October 13.

And he admits the emotions of his final home match got the better of him at one stage.

"I don't cry very often but I went out there once. It's been emotional," he said.

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"I didn't want to finish tonight, I wanted to finish next week.

"It would mean everything if I could finish off with a win.

"These are not my players, they're my mates. And to get the win with this group would be up there."

Wigan led 7-0 at half-time thanks to Thomas Leuluai's try and Sam Tomkins' goal and drop-goal.

The latter added a try - and three more points - on his farewell DW appearance as a Warriors player, though it was the character of their defence which underpinned this triumph.

"I'm very proud, we showed a lot of desire with our defence," said Wane.

"What we did with the ball was ordinary but we had so much desire, I was really impressed with our D."

Wane will face the club who he achieved both his Super League title triumphs against, following Wolves' 18-13 win at St Helens the previous night.

"Warrington were good, they had a good game-plan and executed it. We'll have to be better to get them," he added.

He reported no fresh injury problems.

Tigers coach Daryl Powell said: "I just thought we made too many errors.

"We needed our boys to have their best games of the season and we didn't get that from enough players.

"And in the second half we panicked. There was nothing in the game, 13-0 is nothing with 20-odd minutes on the clock.

"I thought Wigan scrambled really well but we were just not good enough and that's two years on the trot so clearly a mindset change is needed.

"Tonight highlighted the fact that our mentality as a collective unit needs to change.

"It's two weeks on the trot we haven't scored a point. We made a lot of errors in both games.

"We've had a really good year in trying circumstances, it's tempered by what happened tonight. But over the whole season, we finished third in the table.

"We've got to find a way of converting that into Grand Final wins. We're not going to be signing too many players so we've got to find a way."