Wane: Lay down a marker to our rivals

Shaun Wane has yet to be satisfied with a performance this year
Shaun Wane has yet to be satisfied with a performance this year

SHAUN Wane is hoping his Wigan players solve his performance puzzle tonight.

The coach admits he has yet to be truly satisfied with any display from his Warriors side this year.

Despite notable victories against Leeds (twice), St Helens and Warrington, he still thinks fans are ye to see what his players are capable of this season.

And with just one game to go before the intensity – and interest – is dialled up in the Super 8s, he wants his players to lay down a marker in this evening’s televised showdown at Hull FC.

He said: “I want to go there and treat this like a huge play-off game.

“We need to send (our rivals) a message as well, that they’ll be meeting us – and show them what we can do.

“Because I don’t think in any game this year we’ve played well, where I’ve come away really satisfied.

“I’m looking at everything and trying to put those together for a complete performance.

“From all the bits we’ve been working on, I want to put everything together – and hopefully this will be the game.”

Hull FC booked their place in the top-tier of the Super-8s when they beat city rivals KR 22-12 last weekend.

Coach Lee Radford has been given the funds to try and turn the Black and Whites into trophy contenders, and Wane has been impressed with them this year.

“Lee has done a great job. They are a really good team, there’s no doubt about that – and they can play,” he said.

“They’ll really challenge us. Hull are a big club, and the expectancy is very similar to ours. They want to win things and so do we – that’s why I’m here.

“I want there to be pressure on to win games and trophies, and Hull are exactly the same.

“They have some real talent in their team with a mixture of local kids as well so they are a very similar mind-set to us.

“I always enjoy going there. It’s a great stadium, great pitch and seems to bring the best out of us.”

Wane has a good record at Hull FC, winning all three of his games there as permanent head coach, in addition to a game in 2010 when he deputised for Michael Maguire when he was in Australia.

Full-back Matty Bowen is expected to come back into the side which overcame Widnes 20-10 last Friday night.

After this game, Wigan have a week off for the Challenge Cup semi-finals.