No need to panic, says Lenagan

Ian Lenagan
Ian Lenagan

IAN Lenagan says there is no reason to panic about Wigan’s shaky start to the Super League season.

The Warriors have picked up two wins from their opening six games – both at home – and failed to win any of their four matches on the road.

It has been a shaky start – two wins, three losses and one draw is not what we were looking for

Ian Lenagan

Their last defeat, a 26-14 loss at Leeds last Friday, saw them drop to seventh in a congested table by the end of the weekend. Owner Lenagan has been as mystified as many supporters as to why they have failed to rekindle the imperious form which saw them navigate the play-offs and reach the Grand Final showcase last October.

But their opening has not shaken his belief in the Warriors’ ability to win silverware – and he is confident they will kickstart their campaign soon.

He said: “It has been a shaky start – two wins, three losses and one draw is not what we were looking for.

“But it’s the way it is, we are not firing. Does that mean we have to panic? Not at all.

“We just need to find a way to get them in to the way they were last year.”

Warriors saw little turnover in the off-season, with Blake Green and Eddy Pettybourne the only members of the Grand Final squad to depart.

In their place, Taulima Tautai and Lee Mossop have been recruited.

And the consistency within the team was one of the reasons why bookmakers installed Warriors as pre-season favourites to win the Super League title in 2015.

“The change of Blake Green (for George Williams) wasn’t sufficient enough to knock us off our game,” continued Lenagan.

“But we’re not playing to our standard. Is that down to fitness? Is that down to mind-set? I don’t know what it is.

“But I’m confident we will get back on key, and hopefully soon.

“We’ve just got to be better. I’m sure we will find a way.”

Wigan have sorely lacked the influence of captain Sean O’Loughlin for the past month, while Sam Powell, Josh Charnley and Ryan Sutton have since joined him on the sidelines.

All those players are expected to miss Friday’s visit of Wakefield, though prop Dom Crosby may return to the fold.

The Warriors face St Helens the following week.

And they crossed swords with former Saints favourite Kyle Eastmond yesterday during the first day of a joint-training venture with rugby union heavyweights Bath at Orrell’s Edge Hall Road.