Defensive frailties concern Wane

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WIGAN coach Shaun Wane was not a happy man despite seeing his side get back to winning ways yesterday.

Brett Finch poached two tries as the Warriors swept to a 42-30 win against London at the DW Stadium.

But Wane admitted he had concerns about their leaky defence, which has now conceded 67 points in two matches – the other 37 coming in the shock loss to Widnes a week ago.

And he reckons they must tighten up if they are to overcome Warrington in Friday’s mouth-watering Super League derby.

Wane said: “I thought it was a great game of tick ‘n pass.

“I’m disappointed with the tries we let in. There’s a lot to work on. A lot.

“We scored some good tries but to concede 30 points in unacceptable. That’s not being disrespectful to London - they came and did a great job, they made it scruffy – but we set high standards here, and I won’t accept some of the mistakes we saw today.

“There were too many one-on-one misses and individual mis-reads – we’ll fix it before we play Warrington. We’ll have to.”

Wigan again had to come from behind to claim the win after London took an 18-6 lead inside the opening half-hour.

But they upped the tempo and a three-try blitz before the break – from Gareth Hock, Darrell Goulding and George Carmont – put the home side into a lead which they never surrendered.

Pat Richards finished the game with an 18-point haul from a try and seven goals from as many attempts, while Sam Tomkins crowned a fine performance with his side’s seventh try – a long-range effort after catching London napping.

Wane reported no fresh injury concerns, but added: “There are quite a few sore heads – and that’s from me shouting at them at half-time.”

Broncos coach Rob Powell said: “It’s pleasing to come here and score 30 points.

“Wigan have got a lot of threat, Sam Tomkins became more and more prominent and we have to deal with that – and that’s for our development.”

l AMOS Roberts made his comeback from injury as Wigan’s Under-20s beat their London counterparts 38-18 at Orrell yesterday.

The slippery Australian utility back played the full 80 minutes and showed flashes of his classy best, and he will be hoping his woes are now over after an injury-riddled two years.

Tries were scored by Ryan King (2), Connor Farrell – younger brother of first-team forward Liam – Rhodri Lloyd, Jack Murphy, Dom Crosby and Sam Powell.

Murphy also kicked five goals.