SHAUN Wane hailed his players’ “professional” display as Wigan climbed to second in the ladder yesterday.
They ensured they finished with maximum points from the Easter weekend with an ultimately convincing 36-6 win over battling Wakefield at the DW yesterday.
The Warriors took a while to find their groove, with players still nursing bruises from their thrilling Good Friday victory at St Helens.
But they improved as the game unfolded, finishing with seven tries including two each from centres George Carmont and Darrell Goulding.
And with Hull FC and Warrington both losing, it saw Wigan leap two spots in the ladder.
Wane said: “It was a professional display, I’m very happy.
“With it being wet, and two games in four days, it could easily have got ugly. But our backroom staff have been outstanding to prepare the players for this game.
“As a team our completion was good, with tired bodies, and to do that we had to show some good mental toughness.
“I know what it’s like to play the Easter games and it’s tough, it is hard work.”
Anthony Gelling marked his full debut with a first-half try as Wigan led 16-0 at the break.
The Kiwi – signed in the off-season – showed some other positive touches, while Logan Tomkins earned praise from his coach for his first start.
“Logan and Anthony Gelling acquitted themselves very well,” said Wane.
“Anthony’s a good player, he still has a couple of errors he needs to get rid of but he’s a big body, and he’ll get better as time gets on.”
Wakefield boss Richard Agar admitted the contest was “a bit of a mis-match in personnel”, and there was a “gulf in class” between the sides.