SHAUN Wane hailed an “outstanding” performance as Wigan shook off their Challenge Cup hangover in emphatic fashion.
Just six days after being humbled by Castleford, the wounded Warriors turned on the style to register a 46-6 triumph against the same opposition.
The margin of the win propelled Wigan ahead of Tigers into third spot, level on points but with a better for-and-against – and set them back on to winning ways after two straight losses.
Wane said: “I’m very happy, it was a great response, they did everything we asked of them and they were outstanding. We towelled them up.
“I knew we’d bounce back, we don’t regularly come up with poor performances. I don’t think the players could stand another week of me moaning about things! They came up with some outstanding tries.
“The fans were brilliant, and the players took a lot of energy from that.”
Dom Manfredi opened and closed the try-scoring, with six touchdowns scored in between - including a ‘try of the season’ contender from No.1 Matty Bowen.
The only sour note was a hamstring injury to the Australian, while his replacement - Ryan Hampshire - didn’t finish the game due to a shoulder injury which “could be nasty”, according to Wane.
In addition, George Williams (hamstring) and Gil Dudson (ear infection) pulled out before the game. Matty Smith, who kicked seven goals from eight attempts, is one of nine Warriors players named in England’s training squad, which meets in Loughborough on Sunday for the start of a three-day camp.
But with Wigan playing Widnes on Wednesday - a rearranged fixture from round two - many are expected to miss out. Wane will decide today, once he has assessed his injured players, if any of his England stars will be allowed to go to the mid-season session but added: “I’ll probably need them all here.”
Tigers coach Daryl Powell, who signed a new five-year deal yesterday, said: “Wigan were highly-motivated and we didn’t handle it well. Wigan ramped up and were physically better than us. We were better than the score suggested, but sometimes you have to cop a defeat on the chin.”