Wane hails Warriors’ greatest ever comeback

Warriors' Mike McIlorum goes for the line during Sunday's epic victory
Warriors' Mike McIlorum goes for the line during Sunday's epic victory

SHAUN Wane hailed Wigan’s comeback to clinch the league leaders’ shield on Sunday as the greatest he had ever seen.

The Warriors snatched a sensational win in the dying minutes to beat Hull KR 42-36 – after trailing by 26 points close to half-time.

Wane admitted he thought the game had been lost and said: “I can’t remember a better comeback.

“To come back from 26 points down shows the character we have in our side. We have a never-say-die attitude and it paid off.

“But I’m battling to be happy, because as pleased as I am to win the league leaders’ shield – and it’s the one I was desperate to win – I know there are things which need to be fixed, and quickly.”

In a comeback to rival the great escape in the play-offs at Odsal, Wigan scored four unanswered tries in the final 12 minutes to swing a 36-22 loss into a six-point victory – only taking the lead when Pat Richards converted his own breakaway try in the 78th minute.

Josh Charnley then crowned the triumph with a try in the final play of the game.

Wane said: “I thought we were lethargic in the first-half, we lacked concentration, we made too many errors.

“This is not an easy place to come to, and there were times when I thought it was gone.

“I can’t remember a better (comeback), but I can’t stop thinking about what we did that put us 26 points behind, and that’s what’s going to keep me awake tonight.”

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock said: “We were competitive and I’m proud of our boys, not many teams can put 36 points on Wigan, a full-strength Wigan side averaging 12 points against them.

“Yes, we’re disappointed, but the positives bode well for next season.”

Thomas Leuluai made a successful return from injury in the match. “I was pleased with how he went,” said Wane – and the coach insists he will field his strongest possible game against St Helens this Friday, when Wigan will be presented with the silverware.

WIGAN’S Under-18s thumped their Hull KR counterparts 72-14 in the curtain-raiser yesterday.

WARRIORS are hopeful the extra batch of 500 replica Joining Jack shirts will arrive in time for Friday’s game.

Wane’s troops will wear the distinctive red, green, blue and white striped designs in support of the charity set up by ex-player Andy Johnson and wife Alex after their son was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.