Centurions defeat was ‘unacceptable’

Wigan Warriors Dominic Manfredi with the ball.
Wigan Warriors Dominic Manfredi with the ball.

WIGAN’S performance was branded “unacceptable” after they lost 30-6 to Championship outfit Leigh in their first match of 2013.

The Warriors fans had to wait until the 71st minute before they saw their side on the scoresheet through Jamie Doran. Head of youth John Winder – who took charge of the match – said: “We didn’t start well, we lacked energy and enthusiasm which is unacceptable from us.

“A few of the younger lads went okay – I thought Greg Burke had a dig – and a couple others did alright, but we generally weren’t at the races, especially at the start.

“It’s a game of momentum and we got what we deserved.”

Winder refused to blame the age and inexperience of his team for the manner of the defeat.

His side included first-teamers Gil Dudson, Anthony Gelling, Logan Tomkins, Rhodri Lloyd and new-boy Scott Taylor.

“There are guys there with aspirations of playing first-team, and we’re a lot better than we showed – a lot better,” he said.

“Leigh are a quality team and they were slick, they did some good things, but we should have handled that better.” He reported no injuries apart from “a few bruised egos”.

Shaun Wane is expected to bring in more senior players for their next friendly, at Hull KR next Sunday.