SHAUN Wane believes Wigan did enough to “get something from the game” after watching his side go down 22-20 at Hull KR.
The Warriors led 20-6 early in the second-half but failed to score again - and leaked three tries - to suffer their first loss of the new Super League campaign.
Wane admitted the previous week’s involvement in the World Club Series had taken its toll on his players. But he made no excuses, and again cursed the “dumb” approach with the ball for not closing the game out in the second-half.
“We just weren’t smart enough with the ball,” he said. “When we got plays on we did show what we could do, and that’s why I’m disappointed for the players, they didn’t get anything for their efforts.
“In the final quarter our completion was something like 22 per cent, when we should have been closing the game down. With the effort we put in, I thought we deserved something from the game.” Joe Burgess opened the Warriors’ scoring and then three tries in five minutes – from Lee Mossop, Josh Charnley and George Williams – either side of the interval put them into a commanding 20-6 lead.
But Wigan’s errors and penalties invited the Robins back into the contest, and tries by Ken Sio, Mitch Allgood and Kieran Dixon gave them their first win of the new campaign.
It was tough to back up (from the World Club Series), but it is what it is, we were glad to be involved and you’ve got to get on with itShaun Wane
“It was tough to back up (from the World Club Series), but it is what it is, we were glad to be involved and you’ve got to get on with it,” said Wane.
“Even when we were 20-6 up I knew they’d come back at us. I know what it’s like here, you have to stay strong, you have to referee strong, it’s a tough place to come.
“They handled the wind better and we helped them by giving away penalties – they gave half as many away.”
Wane says he doesn’t believe there is a problem with the side’s discipline.
“We weren’t ill-disciplined last week,” he said. “But I’ll go through the video and see if there are issues we need to look at.” Dom Crosby and Dan Sarginson missed out through minor injuries but should be fit for Wigan’s next game, at Castleford next Friday.
Wigan - who had previously drawn with Widnes and Huddersfield - are now seventh in the embryonic Super League table.
RIVERSIDERS supporters’ club yesterday announced former chairman Gerry McDonagh has died.
McDonagh, a regular contributor to the Evening Post’s 18th Man column, was a dedicated Wigan Warriors fan and travelled to Sydney for last year’s World Club Challenge.
Ex-Warriors prop Iafeta Paleaaesina said on Twitter: “Very sad to hear. An absolute gentleman, he will be missed.”