Record-breaking Warriors

Blake Green congratulated by Sam Tomkins
Blake Green congratulated by Sam Tomkins

WIGAN rewrote the record books yesterday with a 15-try demolition of Hull KR.

Blake Green led the way with a hat-trick against his former club as the Warriors triumphed 84-6 to tighten their grip on top spot in the ladder.

The win also proved historic, as Shaun Wane’s men bettered Wigan’s previous record Super League score – 78-4 against Workington in 1996 – to leave the coach delighted.

He said: “Sometimes you get games where everything goes right. I was pleased with our attack.

“It was a great win and we scored some great tries, there’s no getting away from it.

“I knew we were in the zone and I could tell at our team meeting this morning that we focused – but I didn’t expect a scoreline like that.

“We’ve been talking about our mentality and making sure we concentrate.

“We had a 10-minute spell in the second half where we threw a couple of balls away and didn’t finish our sets off but apart from that we were squeaky clean.”

The win came just three days after a derby victory against St Helens. And Wane added: “We’ve looked after the players and spent a lot of money in coming over to Hull the night before and making sure they were in good nick.

“It was the players’ mentality as well – it was outstanding.”

Wigan roared into a 20-0 lead through tries from Green, Josh Charnley, Iain Thornley and Pat Richards, who finished the game with 12 goals.

Hull KR’s solitary try, from Greg Eden just before the break, followed further scores by Jack Hughes and Green – and Wigan turned the screw in the second-half to register nine tries, including seven in the last 20 minutes as the home side capitulated.

Defeated Robins coach Craig Sandercock had previously criticised the compact Easter schedule in the build-up, but made no excuses for this landslide result.

“Wigan were white-hot, they were too classy for us,” he said.

“Their backline absolutely destroyed us.”

The only sour note for Wigan was a nasty leg gash to Josh Charnley which required 15 stitches.

Wane said it was too soon to say whether he may figure in their next match, at home to Wakefield on Sunday.

He added: “We’ve grouped these four games over Easter together, so for us it’s been a case of three down, one to go.”