GEORGE Williams is making his critics eat their words - and Shaun Wane couldn’t be more pleased.
The stand-off was in stunning form in last night’s 60-0 thrashing of Hull KR.
It’s hard when people from your own town are saying negative things at you, but he’s a strong kid who’s confident in his ability - and I’m really pleased he can ram those words down people’s throatsShaun Wane
Williams scored two tries and was involved in many more as rampant Wigan cut loose with 11 tries without reply.
Some fans had doubts when the 20-year-old was handed the No.6 shirt at the start of the year, and Wane said: “George Williams has had people saying he shouldn’t be playing, but he’s showing what he can do.
“It’s hard when people from your own town are saying negative things at you, but he’s a strong kid who’s confident in his ability - and I’m really pleased he can ram those words down people’s throats.
“He’s getting hold of the team and showing what he can do.”
Winger Joe Burgess bagged a second successive hat-trick while Wane took great satisfaction from their second ‘nil’ in three weeks.
“We were very clinical,” said Wane.
“It was a mental challenge, they’re a bit busted but we were very professional.
“Our outside backs were scoring tries but our middles were chewing metres up.
“While it was a great win, I’ll not get carried away.”
The game was a dress-rehearsal for their Challenge Cup meeting in two weeks.
Hull KR sorely lacked front-line players Terry Campese, Darrell Goulding, Josh Mantellato and recent signing Dane Tilse.
coach Chris Chester said: “Wigan are a good team and they showed us how to play.
“It was men against boys for 80 minutes. Too many players waved the white flag. We have to dust ourselves down, and we weren’t aggressive enough.
“We’ve got to do it again in two weeks time and we’ll look forward to it.”
He revealed Greg Burke - on a season-long loan from Wigan - was taken to hospital with a suspected “serious” ankle injury.
Meanwhile, Wane says Lance Hohaia’s retirement in the week was not mentioned in the build-up.
Kiwi Hohaia has threatened to reopen old wounds by telling the BBC he has been suffering “recurrent concussion symptoms” - more than six months after being hit by Ben Flower in the Grand Final.
He played eight games this season and Super League officials will not be looking into his retirement, according to chief Blake Solly.