NEW-BOY Taulima Tautai suffered a rib injury as Wigan went down 18-14 at Leigh yesterday.
Shaun Wane was pragmatic about the defeat, admitting the game served its purpose as they countdown towards the start of the new Super League campaign.
Wane said: “We did some good things, but we weren’t consistent enough throughout the game.
“When we played with some composure we scored some points, so we know what we need to do.”
Tries by Josh Charnley, Joe Burgess and Ryan Hampshire helped put Wigan 14-12 ahead leading into the final few minutes, when Liam Kay’s late hat-trick try took the result from them.
“We bombed a few chances, and that’s why we do these things and we play these games,” said Wane.
“I’d have liked to have won but I’m not going to beat us up about it - fair play to them, they played well. They have some big middles and they were obviously well up for it.”
Larne Patrick started at loose forward and had a strong stint, while Tautai’s performance was cut short by a rib injury which threatens to rule him out of next Sunday’s friendly at St Helens.
“T’ got a whack in his ribs, we’ll see how he is but it’s nothing serious,” he said.
“I was fairly happy with how both he and Larne went.
“They didn’t blow me away but it was the first game in a new system for them and they’ll be better for it.”
Wane fielded a 24-man squad for yesterday’s game - the first friendly for the senior team.
He plans to trim it back ahead of next week’s visit to St Helens. “We’ll wait on injuries, but it will be more towards my starting team for the first Super League game at Widnes,” he added.