Wane: Derby win means everything

Josh Charnley is congratulated
Josh Charnley is congratulated

Shaun Wane was in seventh heaven after delivering a victory which “means everything to the Wigan people.”

Wigan dominated the Good Friday derby to claim a 24-12 win, moving them to within two points of leaders Warrington.

Tries by Dom Manfredi, Sam Powell and Joel Tomkins put them 16-0 ahead at half-time.

Matty Smith crossed in the second-half for a try he converted, taking his points tally to 10 points.

This was the Warriors’ seventh successive Good Friday triumph, stretching back to Wane’s first year involved with the senior side as an assistant.

And he said: “It means everything to Wigan people. Everything. It’s more important than anything to get this win. It’s a great feeling.

“I’m very proud of my players. It’s not an easy place to come and they’re a well-coached side, so I’m happy.”

If Wane had one grumble, it was he didn’t feel the four tries-to-two scoreline reflected their dominance.

“At the bottom of my heart, I’m wondering whether it was a 12-point win. I thought it should have been more if we’d have been smarter,” he said.

“The 50-50s didn’t seem to go our way.

“I felt comfortable. We looked in control a lot of the time, we just needed to be smarter - simple is better for us. We don’t need to be flashy.”

He praised Manfredi for his “devastating” running.

“Dom got through his interview at the end with no swear words,” smiled Wane, nodding to his expletives in an earlier Sky Sports interview. “I thought they were brave picking him!”

Wane said Ben Flower was a doubt for Easter Monday’s visit of Hull KR.

Saints coach Keiron Cunningham was disappointed with his side’s failure to deal with Wigan’s right-edge of Joel Tomkins, Anthony Gelling and Mandfredi.

“Our left edge didn’t help us at all,” he said. “Some of the tries, they didn’t have to earn.”

Saints dominated in the early phase but couldn’t break Wigan’s defence. They scored second-half tries through Joe Greenwood and Theo Fages.

“In big games you have very limited opportunities, but we didn’t finish them off,” added the Saints coach. “We seemed to be chasing our tail a bit. It felt like we were surviving.”