Wane’s joy at Old Trafford return

A delighted Shaun Wane
A delighted Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane hailed his triumphant Warriors as they booked a place in next week’s Grand Final.

Joe Burgess scored a late, late try to secure a thrilling 16-12 win and set up a mouth-watering season climax with St Helens next Saturday.

His late touchdown came after five dropped-goals were off the mark and other missed chances in an electric atmosphere at the DW Stadium.

Wane said: “He did good there Joe.

“I thought it was a great game to watch for the neutral - it wasn’t good for my ticker though.

“It was a real tough encounter that will put us in real good stead against next week.

“I didn’t really want us to go for a drop-goal. If we played with some commitment to our attack and with the tempo I thought we could score a try.

“I got the message on and the players, like they’ve done all year, executed it perfectly.”

Wigan were quick out of the blocks but only led 8-4 at half-time, thanks to a Joel Tomkins try and two Matty Smith goals.

“I have to credit Warrington with the way they defended in that first half,” continued Wane.

“With the pressure we put on them we normally score and they will have gone in at half-time pretty happy because we had some good field position.

“We knew that pressure would have taken some juice out of them but I absolutely commend them.

“They stuck at the task and they did so well but, I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way, I think overall we deserved the win.”

Wane dismissed an injury concern to hooker Mike McIlorum - “he got a whack on his eye and he’ll have it X-rayed... after the Grand Final” - and will head to Old Trafford in a confident mood.

Saints, who beat Catalan to book their place at the Theatre of Dreams, announced yesterday that coach Nathan Brown is leaving to return to Australia.

“I don’t give a damn if it does add something to their team, if he wants to go he can go,” said Wane.

“I just want to prepare my team to get a win, I’m obsessed about getting that win. What they do is up to them.”

ENGLAND’S squad for the Four Nations will be named tomorrow with Sean O’Loughlin, Josh Charnley, Matty Smith, Joel Tomkins and Dan Sarginson among the candidates for selection.