Wane wants lessons to be learned

Wigan Warriors' Josh Charnley is tackled by Castleford Tigers's Oliver Holmes and Nathan Massey
Wigan Warriors' Josh Charnley is tackled by Castleford Tigers's Oliver Holmes and Nathan Massey

SHAUN Wane yesterday called his players in for extra training as he plots a route out of their early-season form slump.

Friday’s 42-16 loss was the heaviest since Wane took charge of Wigan at the start of 2012.

And – with just one win from five competitive games this year – it left them trailing pace-setters Leeds and St Helens by five points in the table.

Wane responded by cancelling the weekend for his players, as they urgently attempt to patch up their flaws before Friday’s home game against Hull FC - a fixture which has now taken on far greater significance.

He said yesterday: “We’ve been in to Central Park today to do wrestling.

“The players were supposed to have two days off but they’ve been in both days, and we’ve got time to get some quality work into them before our next game.

The result has gone, all we can do now is make sure we learn lessons from it, and we’re determined to do that

Shaun Wane

“There was no excuse for the way we performed. It was a bad day at the office, we were beaten in every facet of the game, and it wasn’t good enough.

“But the result has gone, all we can do now is make sure we learn lessons from it, and we’re determined to do that.”

With heavyweight clashes against Leeds and St Helens coming up within the next four weeks, Wane knows how quickly they need to turn around their fortunes.

“We weren’t far off against Brisbane, it went to golden-point and we got a harsh call, and Hull KR won with a try which shouldn’t have been allowed,” said Wane. “But we were beaten by the better team on Friday, which was really disappointing.

“But I know the character of my players and I know how hard they’ll work to fix it this week, and make sure we’re ready for Hull on Friday night.”

Hull FC have won one of four and sit 10th in the ladder, three places behind Wigan.

Winger Joe Burgess was dropped from the squad last week and was due to play on dual-registration for Workington yesterday, but Wane decided to pull him from the Championship fixture in case he is needed this Friday.

Prop Dom Crosby may also return from injury.