Wane - Tierney must prove himself

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane
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LEWIS Tierney is set to emulate his father - Jason Robinson - tonight by appearing for the Wigan Warriors first team.

But coach Shaun Wane insists the 18-year-old will have the opportunity to prove his worth as a player in his own right, regardless of any connection with his dad.

Wane scrutinises the performances of Wigan’s under-19s team to ensure the stars of the future are developing as they should and he has been impressed with Tierney’s ability.

“He’s a player – I watch what he does in training and I look at every game he plays in the 19s. He is under the pump like every player to show that he’s ready,” said Wane.

Tierney was promoted to the Warriors first team at the start of the 2013 season after an impressive campaign last season in the academy side.

In 2012 Tierney crossed the line for 15 tries in 13 appearances and is also a useful goal kicker, which could come in handy in the absence of Pat Richards and Matty Smith for tonight’s game.

And Wane doesn’t even contemplate the youngster’s sporting genes, instead preferring to give Tierney the chance to let his game speak for itself.

“I think from media and fans there are comparisons but it honestly doesn’t enter my head,” said Wane.

“He has good skills on him and he’s a Wigan kid so I expect him to be looking forward to this game.”

Tierney’s chance comes as a result of Man of Steel Sam Tomkins needing recovery time from an Achilles strain.

Despite the worrying statistic showing Wigan have failed to register a win in their last six games without Tomkins, Wane is refusing to read into the record books.

“I’m not into stats,” he said.

“I don’t want Sam to be injured but it’s a positive and negative to me.”

Despite stats not being Wane’s choice for appraising performance, Tierney has a tough act to follow if he tries to replicate his father’s 
impressive record.

Robinson made his Wigan debut in a 46-6 win away to Sheffield in August 1992 and went on to score 685 points for the cherry and whites in 281 appearances.