Wane’s worst day as Warriors boss

Wigan players look dejected during the defeat to Castleford
Wigan players look dejected during the defeat to Castleford

WARRIORS coach Shaun Wane reckoned last night’s 42-14 defeat at Castleford was ‘by far the worst day of my coaching career’.

From virtually the first minute to the last, the Warriors were second best across the park at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle.

A try in either half by England winger Josh Charnley - marking his 100th appearance for the club - and a last-minute touchdown by Matty Smith were the only positives to take on a thoroughly bleak night in West Yorkshire.

And Wane typically pulled no punches in his post-match media conference.

“It’s the worst day of my coaching career,” he fumed. “By far the worst.

“And I’ve told that to the players as well.

“We just seemed to be a bit spooked in contact, and rushing, which put us under the pump immensely.

“It just wasn’t good enough at all.”

Castleford, without a Super League win this year, were served up the two points on a platter, with the joyous home fans chanting ‘easy’ long before the final hooter.

“I knew Cas could play,” Wane acknowledged. “Even in the games they lost, they’d played well.

“There’s no doubt about that - they’re a good team who are well coached and they turned up to play.

“They just wanted it more than us today.

“I’ve never coached a team before that’s been beaten in every department like that.

“That’s very upsetting for me. It’s devastating for me.”

Wane also hinted at a tough week ahead for his players, with a no-nonsense response when asked if any injuries had been picked up.

“I wouldn’t have thought so,” he replied. “You need to get into a physical game to get injured.

“There’ll be no-one injured on Monday. I’ll tell you that now.”