Wane: ‘Smash the pies’ video motivated us

Liam Farrell and Oliver Gildart celebrate a try during the win at Warrington
Liam Farrell and Oliver Gildart celebrate a try during the win at Warrington

Shaun Wane thanked Warrington for providing his side’s motivation for their emphatic 28-0 triumph.

The Wolves had promoted the game with a cheeky “Smash the pies” video starring new recruit Chris Sandow.

But they were left eating humble pie as Wigan scored five tries in a complete performance which gave their Grand Final aspirations renewed optimism.

“I just want to thank the Warrington marketing department for doing my job for me,” said Wane. “They did a fantastic job for me.

“A few of the players thought it was disrespectful, we wouldn’t have done it to Warrington but it is what it is - they meant it as a bit of fun.

“It backfired a bit. I’m proud of our pies.”

Shortly after full-time, Warriors retaliated to Wolves’ PR stunt with a video of their own featuring Anthony Gelling.

Having established a 12-0 lead at the break, Wigan powered over for three more tries after the break as John Bateman grabbed a double and teenage centre Oliver Gildart scored on his club debut.

But Wane took as much satisfaction from nilling their opponents - the first time Wolves had failed to score at the HJ Stadium.

“That’s got to be our attitude, that’s got to be our benchmark,” he said.

“We’ve not been consistent this year - but we put a lot together, against a good side.

“We’re in good shape, we scored some nice tries - I was pleased Oli got over - but I’m more defence-orientated coach, and that was a big one for me.

“It’s great that we can do that, but I won’t get carried away - Warrington were off tonight. “They weren’t firing and we were, we handled the conditions well.”

Australian Matty Bowen sparkled at full-back and kicked four goals from six attempts, having taken over the goal-kicking duties from Matty Smith midway through last week’s 25-18 loss at Leeds.

“Matty Smith’s first two kicks were poor misses, and it was his choice to let Matty Bowen have it,” revealed Wane. “We had a chat in the week and decided Mango can carry on, it takes some of the pressure off Matty.”

Wigan have next weekend off and Wane hopes to welcome back winger Joe Burgess and hooker Micky McIlorum for their next game, against Catalans in London, in two weeks.

Wolves coach Tony Smith didn’t feel there was too much between the sides at half-time, but conceded a couple of Wigan’s tries after the break were “top drawer”.