Wane will make a case for defence

Josh Charnley made his return from injury
Josh Charnley made his return from injury

SHAUN Wane has made tightening up Wigan’s defence his priority as they step up their World Club preparations.

The coach was pleased with his side’s attack as they ran in nine tries in a 46-22 victory against New Zealand Warriors yesterday.

Winger Joe Burgess scored four tries for Wigan, who were playing just two days after landing Down Under. The manner and magnitude of the victory will boost the players’ confidence following their opening 24-8 Super League loss to Huddersfield last Friday.

But, as they home in on their WCC showdown against Sydney Roosters next week, Wane has highlighted areas to work on. He said: “If we’re going to win next week there are some areas we need to improve. The main one is our defence around the ruck.

“They scored some points too softly, and it’s something we can nip in the bud. The pleasing thing is we know what we need to fix, and how to fix it, and we’ve got 10 days to get it right.”

Josh Charnley returned from injury.

Wigan trailed 22-16 at the break but battled back impressively, with many youngsters catching the eye.

“We attacked well, which was pleasing,” added Wane. “It was a big ask to play two days after flying halfway around the world, I’m a realist – but I ask a lot of these players.”