Happy Easter for Maguire

Fan-tastic Easter
Fan-tastic Easter

MICHAEL Maguire was delighted to see his team emerge from the Easter double-header with a maximum four points.

Warriors followed up their epic 28-24 Good Friday win over St Helens with a hard-fought 26-0 triumph at Wakefield yesterday.

And after watching his side nil a team for the first time this year, Maguire saluted his players’ efforts just three days after a bruising derby triumph.

The Australian, who fielded the same 17 who beat Saints, said: “It was a tough game for the boys to back up from Good Friday, but it was great to see them hang in there.

“You always want to set out to nil your opponent and our defence was good.

“The boys worked very hard for each other. Across the board, the way the boys backed up was good.”

Even though he conceded the punishing schedule was tough for the players, Maguire is a fan of the Easter double-headers.

“It’s a good concept for rugby league and our players enjoy it,” he said. “It’s tough but it’s a challenge.”

Understandably, Warriors were not at their clinical best as they squandered a series of chances after Pat Richards’ third-minute try.

Sam Tomkins scored one and created another for Josh Charnley before half-time, and Joel Tomkins and Sean O’Loughlin tries after the break secured the points.

“Sam’s a competitor,” said Maguire.

“I don’t like singling out individuals but he turns up week in week out and he was outstanding.”

Wakefield coach John Kear – a critic of Wigan’s tactics in the past – had no complaints yesterday.

He said: “I thought Wigan’s defence was magnificent and Sam Tomkins was sensational – it was as if he had a force field around him. He played really well.”

The only sour point for Wigan was a knee injury to Harrison Hansen, who will have the joint scanned today.

Maguire will give his players two days’ off before their next match, at Crusaders on Sunday.