Wane is working on the fine details
Shaun Wane insists he isn't concerned about Wigan's faltering attack.
The Warriors’ 30-16 loss to Hull FC on Friday – married with other results – saw them drop to fifth in the Super League table.
While they are still within touching distance of the top, they have the second-worst attack in the competition.
That contrasts sharply with past campaigns under Wane’s watch, when they have finished each season within the top-three for most points scored.
Wane admits they have yet to hit their straps, having reached half-time with 10 or less points on the board on 13 occasions this season.
But he points to the return of several key frontline players as reasons to be confident they will sharpen their attacking ability over the summer.
Last Friday saw former Man of Steel Sam Tomkins come off the bench for his first game of the year, replacing Dan Sarginson at full-back.
And George Williams was starting only his fifth game of the year at stand-off – a position which has been occupied by forwards Sean O’Loughlin and Nick Gregson for most of the season.
Asked whether he was concerned about a lack of creativity in attack, Wane said: “No. Not at all.
“I’ve had a centre playing full-back – it improved a bit when Sam came on – it’s not the attack (that’s a problem).”
He says their lack of potency against Hull FC stemmed from shortfalls in other areas which gave their opponents better field position.
“When you play against bigger bodies, your detail has to be good. And our detail wasn’t great,” he said.
When you’re detail isn’t great, you give penalties away, when you give penalty away, they march down field and burn you.”
Wane promised his players will be in for “a tough week” as they begin preparations for Saturday’s headlining Magic Weekend game against rock-bottom Leeds.
Welsh prop Ben Flower may return from a layoff with a hamstring problem.
Wane was checking on injuries to Tony Clubb (hand) and Josh Charnley (ankle) today.
Winger Charnley was wearing a protective boot at a well-attended fans’ day on Saturday at Orrell, ahead of the Under-19s’ 37-16 loss to St Helens.