Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane relishing selection headache

Gabe Hamlin on his Warriors debut
Gabe Hamlin on his Warriors debut

Shaun Wane is relishing the selection headache his fringe players have given him following a crushing 44-6 win against Hull KR.

Playing three days after a bruising Good Friday derby, he rested a clutch of senior players.

And those he brought into the side grabbed their chances, with Liam Marshall scorching over for four tries and Australian prop Gabriel Hamlin enjoying a superb debut.

Frenchman Romain Navarrete also caught the eye and - with the likes of Tony Clubb, Sean O’Loughlin, Morgan Escare, Sam Powell, Joe Burgess and Taulima Tautai available for Saturday’s trip to Catalans - Wane has some decisions to make.

He said: “There were some really good performances. I liked what Romain and Gabe gave me, and Marshy did a great job - he can score a try.

“Gabe looked very, very good. He carried the ball strong, he looked composed, it didn’t look like his first game.

“I’m really pleased. They’ve come in and done a fantastic job, and I’ve not had any selection headaches for a couple of years, so now I have I’ll enjoy it.”

A five-try blitz inside 13 minutes just before half-time - including two from Liam Farrell and Marshall’s first - put Wigan 26-0 up.

“Our attitude was outstanding, our attack looked composed, and in pretty bad conditions,” said Wane.

“Our defence really impressed me. I think they had six plays on our line - normally you’d have about 25 - which showed our D was very intense.”

Sam Tomkins finished with 16 points from a try and six goals as Wigan maintained their place in second spot, behind leaders St Helens.

Hull KR coach Tim Sheens praised George Williams’ short kicks which inflicted a lot of the damage, with all of Wigan’s eight tries scored down the left channel.

Sheens said: “For 30 minutes we competed well and then our right edge copped a bit of a hammering. A few tries came from kicks in behind - there were some very deft kicks from Williams.

“We were our own worst enemy and we must have upset the official.”