SHAUN Wane admitted the controversial first half try awarded to Joel Moon was ‘one of those things’ in the wake of his second Grand Final defeat in as many years.
The replay of Moon’s try - given by the video referee with the scores locked at 6-6 - appeared to show a knock on in the build-up - but was awarded to put the Rhinos in front.
At the end of the day the details given out next year - there was one team that won the trebleShaun Wane
And with the winning margin of two points - it ultimately proved the difference in a classic Grand Final.
“They gave it and it’s tough - it’s one of those things,” he said.
“Within our group we know what went on today - we’re a tight-knit group and we’ll come back stronger.”
With his side 16-6 down at half-time, the same margin to make up as in the 2013 win over Warrington at Old Trafford, Wane’s men fought back incredibly to lead 20-16 midway through the second half thanks to tries from Dom Manfredi and Matty Bowen.
And they were only undone by a try from Josh Walters with 15 minutes to go - and despite a brave effort, Wane found little comfort in the loss.
“We need to be smarter - they got the roll a few times and got the benefit,” he said.
“Leeds were smarter than us. I’m proud of the efforts.
“I thought we had chances to put it away in the second half but we just weren’t clinical enough.
“We had the chance today but we just couldn’t take it. We need to start faster and do better than that.”
Bowen signed off from his two-year stint at Wigan with an inspiring performance and a second-half try worthy of any highlights reel.
And Wane paid tribute to the North Queensland Cowboys legend - who had endured a sleepless night as his wife gave birth at midnight.
“Matty’s missus had a kid last night and didn’t sleep,” added Wane. “He is one of the best players I’ve ever dealt with.
“He is one outstanding individual.”
Wane also praised Leeds, winners of the treble, but insisted the future is bright for Wigan.
“They’ve won it and well done to them,” he added. “They’re a champion team and never give in. But I’m so proud of our effort.
“A lot of players are coming to an end of an era there and we’re just starting. We’ve got some good young players coming through and we’re in a positive place.”