Gelling out with Torn Hamstring

Gelling out with Torn Hamstring

Wigan Warriors Head Coach has today confirmed that Cook Islands international Anthony Gelling is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a double tear of the hamstring.

Gelling has been in fine form for the Warriors this season playing in all 13 games for the first team and has struck up a great partnership with Dom Manfredi in recent weeks with the pair clinching nine tries between them in the last three matches.

Despite the news, Wane refused to be downbeat saying: "He's torn his hamstring in two places so he's looking like (he'll be out for) six to eight weeks.

"He's been playing well but Joel did well there when he jumped in the centres. I'm happy with John Bateman in the back-row, Rhodri Lloyd is training really well so it's not a problem. We'll still be good in both attack and defence. It's one of those things, it's happened and we have to move on and get over it."

One player hoping to return to the Wigan team soon is Captain Sean O'Loughlin. Giving an update on the Wigan number 13, Wane said: "Lockers is getting closer by the day, we're hoping he'll be good for the Castleford game.

"I expected him to be back by now but it was a complicated problem and we just want to make sure that he is 100% right before he comes back for us."

The Warriors ended their nine-month winless streak on the road recently against Wakefield. Wane admitted he wasn't particularly happy with the performance but his ruthless standards mean that he will never be completely happy.

"There's always things to improve on and I've resigned myself to the fact I'm never going to change on that," he said. "No matter what we do there is always a way to improve and defence this week was a way to improve. Against Brisbane, St Helens and Warrington we did quite well for large periods of the game. It's not a major stress but we just need to concentrate a bit better and be a bit tougher mentally."

The Warriors have been seen to be a little more expansive this season with performances and results improving as the season continues.

Wigan have won five of their last six and Wane admits it's good to see the hard work of the players paying off.

"It's definitely a way away from our normal structured play so the players have struggled to get their heads round it a little bit but we've been practising and practising and now we're seeing the fruits of it. I don't want us to become a basketball team though, I want us to run hard in structure and when the opportunity arises we offload the ball and act on the back of that. It's not a massive change but these last few weeks that side of it has really pleased me."

To see if Wigan can make it six wins from seven get down to the DW Stadium this Friday for the visit of Hull Kingston Rovers (8pm kick-off). Tickets are available from the DW Stadium, the ticket hotline 0871 6633 552 and online [CLICK HERE]

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