A very Happy Easter for Wane

George Williams in action for Warriors against the Bulls
George Williams in action for Warriors against the Bulls

WIGAN matched their all-time record league win yesterday - with a side missing EIGHT front-line players.

Shaun Wane’s men ensured it was an Easter to remember as they ran in 15 tries to power past hapless Bradford 84-6.

The landslide scoreline was the Bulls’ worst ever defeat in the Super League era.

And for Wigan, it matched their all-time league record win - which was incredibly by the same scoreline, on Easter Monday, at Hull KR a year ago.

It was Warriors’ seventh straight win, and came just three days after they beat Saints 33-14 - their fifth Good Friday triumph in succession.

Delighted Wane said: “The one session we had, they were really intense and focused. I could tell they were in the mood. Their attitude really impressed me. I knew we were going to get a performance.

“I wasn’t aware of the record, I just wanted the manner we won to be good, and I thought some of our tries were outstanding and our skill-level was brilliant.

“There was no spell when I was unhappy. It was a fantastic win - it’s been a good Easter for us.”

Rookie full-back Ryan Hampshire - who replaced the rested Matty Bowen - finished the game with 24 points after two tries and eight goals.

Kiwi Anthony Gelling and Australian stand-off Blake Green also bagged doubles as 12 different players crossed the whitewash for the Warriors, who host Hunslet in the Challenge Cup on Sunday.

With four players injured and four rested, Wane gave a clutch of his fringe players chances, and a debut to prop Ryan Sutton.

He added: “It was a great debut, he ran strong, and he’ll get another chance soon.”

Bradford’s only respite was a late Luke Gale consolation.

Defeat coach Francis Cummins said: “I expected senior players to stand up, and some didn’t. We’ll address that this week.”