Waney: I’m backing Saints

Michael Maguire and Shaun Wane
Michael Maguire and Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane will do the unthinkable this weekend – and hope for a St Helens victory.

The proud Wiganer admits his allegiances are “torn” by the presence of ex-Warriors coach Michael Maguire at the helm of Souths Sydney.

Wane was Maguire’s assistant when they tasted Grand Final and Challenge Cup glory in 2010 and ‘11 respectively, before succeeding him in the hot-seat.

But he is diplomatically wearing his Super League hat during the World Club Series, and backing Warrington and Saints to win their respective games, which sandwich Saturday night’s clash between Wigan and Brisbane.

Wane said: “This series is Super League against the NRL and I want St Helens to win... but it’s tough for me to say that, having been with Madge for so long.

“I am torn, because Madge and I go back a long way. But at the end of the day it is what it should be, which is Super League against the NRL.”

Saints coach Keiron Cunningham has already declared he will be hoping for a Wigan victory against their NRL opposition.

Souths trained with Wigan at their Orrell training base today (pictured).

Forward Joel Tomkins added: “We’ve obviously got Madge coaching Souths and we want to see him do well.

“He’s one of the club’s good friends, but ultimately it’s Super League against the NRL, and if Super League get a 3-0 victory, it’s great for our competition.”