Wane sets end of season objective

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane believes the challenge of going the rest of the year unbeaten is a realistic aim.

The Warriors coach says it is his “genuine” intention to win the rest of their matches in 2015 – starting with tonight’s homecoming match against Salford.

Asked whether his ambition was feasible, he said: “Absolutely. We showed when we played Leeds, they were the best team in the comp’ and we ground them down and performed.

“We’re not consistently performing. We went to Catalans and everything was great in prep’, and then we turned up with that (rubbish).

“For us, it’s about finding the DNA where we don’t dip under certain standards.”

Third-placed Warriors have three games at home in their five-match run to the Super-8s.

And if they overcome Salford this evening, in their first match at the DW Stadium in six weeks, they will ensure they go a year since their last home defeat.

Wane is expected to make few changes to the side beaten 30-14 at St Helens a week ago.

Fit-again Dom Manfredi – who scored 12 tries in nine appearances this year – will replace Josh Charnley on the left wing.

Fans will have to wait to see whether Wane will give Matty Bowen a chance to redeem his two errors against Saints, or replace him with Ryan Hampshire.

“Mango was fantastic for us against Leeds and Huddersfield,” said Wane. “So two errors don’t make him a bad player.

“When he was dropping the ball, other players around him needed to work harder as well.”

Salford have won just one game since beating Wigan on Easter Monday - at lowly Wakefield last Sunday - but Wane has seen enough talent in their side to expect a fierce challenge tonight, in a non-televised game celebrating the Armed Forces.

“They have some unbelievable talent in their side,” he said. “Rangi has been back for the last couple of weeks and they’re a different side when he’s playing.”

On-loan hooker Logan Tomkins will be in the Red Devils ranks, and Wane added: “He doesn’t have to prove anything to me, I know how good he is, but he’ll be fired up.

“He’s very competitive - he’ll want to put in a performance.”