Wigan Warriors were defeated 12-13 by Leeds Rhinos in the Qualifying Semi-Final Play-Off tie at the DW Stadium on Friday night.
Wigan trailed 0-11 at the break but tries from Harrison Hansen and Pat Richards and two conversions by Richards gave Wigan a 12-11 lead before a late Kevin Sinfield penalty won it for the Rhinos.
Shaun Wane speaking post match said,
"In the first half we were not at our best but in the second half I thought we were outstanding and we had chances to win the game. In the first 40 they made more yards than us and I thought our last plays were ordinary, in the second half I thought we improved and I thought we were far the better team after the break, if we had won the game I don't think there would have been many complaints.
"At half time I knew we were still in it, I knew we could score tries and we had some points in us, against a side like Leeds a few points is not enough against seasoned quality players like Kevin Sinfield. It is a tough one to swallow because I thought we played really well in the second half.
"The mood in the dressing room is depressing, the worst you can imagine. Losing two Semi-Finals is not good, I wanted to win both Finals and I don't want that to sound arrogant, our standards are very very high and I thought over the year we have been consistently good but it wasn't to be. Leeds know how to grind out results and take points when they need it and they are a fantastic team, we have been beaten by a good team."
Shaun paid tribute to the players leaving at the end of the year,
"The two that stand out are Tommy Leuluai and George Carmont, they have been real quality for us and I am really glad I have worked with them this year. It is disappointing for all the boys, particularly those that are leaving, Brett and Jeff as well and I would like to thank them all."