Wane hails wonderful Warriors

Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons - Sean O'Loughlin scores for Wigan
Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons - Sean O'Loughlin scores for Wigan

SHAUN Wane saluted his Wigan players as they roared back to beat Catalan with a second-half master-class.

Wigan trailed 12-10 at half-time but took a grip of the contest after the break, racing in five tries without reply to post a 36-12 win.

It was the Warriors’ fourth straight victory and Wane said: “I wanted a ruthless second-half performance and to score 26 points, 80 per cent completion – I’m very satisfied.

“Catalan are very well-coached and very tough, and we had a brutal week in training – the lads ripped into one another because they knew it would be hard, and it was. I’m very proud of them – but I know there’s more to come.”

Josh Charnley grabbed two tries and Jack Hughes grabbed the first try of his career – after fluffing an opening chance.

“Jack’s going to be a very good player, he did well for his try... but if he ever does that to me again, I’ll leather him!” joked Wane of his missed chance.

The coach backed a clutch of his players to be named in Steve McNamara’s England elite training squad, which is named tomorrow, including Gareth Hock after another strong display.

“I know if I was Steve McNamara, I would have a look at Gaz,” he said.

Hock, Chris Tuson (both neck) and Thomas Leuluai (neck) suffered injuries but Wane said it was too soon to say whether they were in doubt for Wigan’s next game, at Widnes next Sunday.