No excuses after friendly defeat

No way through for Gil Dudson against Hull KR
No way through for Gil Dudson against Hull KR

SHAUN Wane refused to use inexperience as an excuse following their 32-10 defeat at Hull KR yesterday.

An experimental side comprised of fringe first-teamers and Under-19s stormed into a 10-0 lead but failed to score in 70 minutes, during which time they leaked three tries in each half.

Wane said: “I was happy with the start but disappointed with three-quarters of the game.

“We went away from what we should have done, we were poor with the ball, we had penalties against us and put ourselves under pressure.

“Once we got tired, the things we were good at went out of the window.

“I know we had some young players but that meant nothing, because some of the things we did, you just don’t do - whether you’re 16, 26 or 36.”

Jack Hughes, Paul Prescott and Chris Tuson were the only players in the starting line-up who may realistically expect to be in Wane’s first-choice XIII, but many others had Super League experience including Logan Tomkins, Anthony Gelling, Iain Thornley, Gil Dudson and Scott Taylor.

Yesterday’s defeat followed a 30-6 loss at Leigh with a young side the previous week.

Wane will be rolling out the big-guns for Thursday’s trip to Salford, whetting the appetite for a Blake Green debut.

But he added: “The standards at our club are high and I would never use experience as an excuse.

“I’ll let a little bit go because they were physically bigger than us in the first-spell, but we still had players like Gil Dudson and Scott Taylor out there and it wasn’t good enough.

“It’s not all doom and gloom, but there are things to fix.”