Wane: We won't crack open champagne just yet

Shaun Wane kept the champagne on ice despite watching Wigan storm to a seven-try thrashing of lowly Warrington.

Thursday, 9th March 2017, 10:01 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:12 am
Wigan Warriors' Anthony Gelling scores his side's second try

Liam Marshall - in only his second appearance in the side - provided the polish with four tries in a 38-16 win.

Yet while Wane was pleased with the performance he stressed he was not getting carried away.

He said: “It was a good win and I’m very happy with the two points, but we’re not going to go home and pat ourselves on the back. “We won’t be getting the champagne on the couch. There are a few things to fix.”

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He did let his guard down to praise the strength of his squad, which coped with the absence of nine frontline players admirably with Liam Forsyth and Romain Navarrete both making debuts.

“That was great, and it pleases me to see someone like Jack Wells come in and score a try,” he said.

Anthony Gelling and Liam Farrell also crossed for tries in the opening half, which Warriors led 20-6.

“Liam Marshall’s finishing was great, I was really impressed with him,” continued Wane.

“There were some great efforts across the side.

“I thought we were composed, we kicked well and ended our sets well, we completed high.

“I’m disappointed we let in three tries, if I’m honest.

“But Warrington will be stronger with their players back, and they’re going to be there at the end of the season, without a shadow of a doubt.”

It stretched their winning start to the season to a fifth straight game, for the first time since 1998, and sent them top of the early Super League table ahead of Castleford’s trip to Widnes on Sunday.

The result ensures Warrington will spend another week at the foot of the table after four straight losses.

“We expected a tough game but we didn’t want a scoreline like that,” said Tony Smith, who takes his side to Leigh next Thursday.

“Wigan are a good enough team without putting added pressure on with giving them extra sets.

“We’re hurting, we’re frustrated, and it has an effect on the way we play. We’ve got to toughen up, and it will come.

“This period is horrible when you’re in it, but in the long-run, you get more determined from these kind of losses.”