CHRIS Tuson has blamed complacency for Wigan’s shock opening-day defeat.
The Warriors crashed 20-16 to a depleted Huddersfield side on Sunday afternoon – a loss which rocked the thousands of fans who braved the cold-snap and turned up at the DW Stadium.
Shaun Wane chaired a frank discussion with the playing group at their Orrell training base yesterday.
And tough-tackling Tuson candidly admitted their mental approach was not good enough.
The 23-year-old said: “When we played them in a pre-season friendly, we only had a young side and we ran them close.
“Maybe that was our downfall, maybe we went into the game expecting it to be easier than it was.
“We’ve just had a tough meeting about it and maybe the way we prepared in our heads, the way we thought about it, was wrong.
“Our attitude was off, and it was definitely a wake-up call.
“We’ve seen some clips (of the game) and we went away from what we do well.
“I think that’s why we lost the game.”
Tuson was absolved from blame by Wane, who also praised fellow replacement forward Liam Farrell.
The game marked Wane’s first since being appointed head coach, but Tuson rubbished suggestions they may need a ‘bedding-in’ period before they hit their straps. Wigan matched Huddersfield try-for-try – Danny Brough’s goal-kicking ultimately proved decisive – but that offered little comfort.
Tuson said: “Waney doesn’t accept excuses, he wants everyone to be a man and if you play badly, you’ve got to take it on the chin.
“We can’t put it down to rust. The season’s up and running now and there were no excuses.
“We had loads of chances but we didn’t take them, and that was disappointing because we’ve done heaps of skill work in ore-season.”
The Warriors must dust themselves down quickly ahead of the visit of champions Leeds in four days’ time. “We’ll definitely come with more enthusiasm,” he added.
“They’re usually tight games between us, no matter how we’ve come into the fixture or they’ve come into it. We’re going to concentrate on ourselves.
“If we stick to our structures and turn up with the attitude we have here, I think we’ll be okay.”
Liam Farrell will face the RFL Disciplinary Committee tonight after being charged with the Grade B offence of making dangerous contact on Leroy Cudjoe in the 40th minute.
He was also issued with a formal warning for use of the forearm on Luke Robinson in the final minute.