SHAUN Wane admits Wigan “just weren’t there” after watching his side beat Wakefield 40-22 last night.
Wigan out-scored their hosts seven tries to four, with winger Joe Burgess scoring his first Super League hat-trick – to move joint-top of the try-scoring charts with 10 – while opposite flyer Dom Manfredi crossed for his seventh try in three matches.
We gifted them two tries, which was disappointing, but we found a way to win and we won in YorkshireShaun Wane
But this was far from a polished performance, and Wane says claiming the two competition points was the over-riding positive.
“It was just a win,” he said.
“Defensively we were poor overall, and with the ball we weren’t patient in the final third of the field.
“But this isn’t an easy place to come – St Helens only won here by four points.
“I have been coming here since 2010 (as an assistant coach as well) and we’ve never been positive afterwards.
“It’s tough to play to a certain standard every week, I know I want us to, but this isn’t an easy place to come. We just weren’t there today.”
Wigan held a 24-18 lead at the break but improved in the second half to settle the contest long before the final whistle.
And the result ends a nine-month wait for a victory on the road – and a 19-month barren run since their last win in West Yorkshire.
“We gifted them two tries, which was disappointing, but we found a way to win and we won in Yorkshire,” added Wane, with a grin.
Asked whether he was glad to end the hoodoo, he added: “No, I just thought I’d get that in first. I honestly don’t think about things like that... until you keep mithering about it.”
The victory moves the Warriors up to second in the Super League table, though they will be overtaken by St Helens if they beat Widnes tonight.
Centre Anthony Gelling will today have a hamstring injury assessed, but Wane expects John Bateman to be fine after colliding with a metal post.
For Wakefield, the result was their ninth straight loss in Super League, but they showed enough spirit – three times they battled back from 12-points down – to please coach James Webster.
“We didn’t get beat on effort, we got beaten by kicking ourselves in the backside,” he said. “But I came here looking for improvement, and I got that.”
LIAM Forsythe scored two tries as Wigan’s Under-19s beat Leeds 22-8 last night.