Happy Halves

Happy Halves

  • Shaun Wane praises half-back partnership of Matty Smith and George Williams after Wigan beat Castleford 33-26

  • Smith and Williams playing in only fourth game since Williams’ return from injury

  • Wane warns Super League that his side are still only playing at “four or five out of ten”

Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane praised his half-back duo of Matty Smith and George Williams after Wigan recorded a 33-26 win over Castleford.

In a pulsating game at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle Wigan edged in front before half-time and did enough to see off a determined Castleford outfit to take the two points.

Smith and Williams played together for only the fourth time since the latter return from injury after a two month lay-off and Wane was happy with how they went.

“I thought we played tough tonight, we stayed in the game and played when we needed to play.

“I thought Matty Smith and George Williams controlled the game well.” Wane said.

“We’re halfway through the season and we’ve just got our halves playing together. We have improved, our plays look more efficient. I thought in the first half we were quite conservative with it. We completed well but didn’t really throw much at them but I think we improved that in the second half.

“I thought when we pulled the trigger we hurt them I just don’t think we did it enough, we didn’t test them enough and we bombed a few chances.”

The Warriors boss admitted the defeat at Castleford last year was one of the worst of his coaching career but was delighted to see his side take the win this time.

“I thought we were worthy of the win,” Wane continued.

“I thought we were the best team and I don’t mean that in an arrogant way. Last time I came here I was depressed after what happened. I’m happy to be sat here with a win against the form team in the competition. We’re busted, we lost Sean O’Loughlin this week but we’re doing ok.”

Despite the win Wane said he thinks his team can offer so much more going forwards.

“I said to the players then (in the changing room after the game), we weren’t at our best but we showed toughness and to me that’s the best sort of win when you come to this sort of place.

“I always sound grumpy but from the heart I’d honestly say we’re about four or five out of ten at the minute. I see them in training and I know the players and I know what they can do and I get frustrated sometimes. I know we can do a lot better…but had we won 90-0 I’d probably say the same thing.”

Wane confirmed that Ryan Sutton took a hit on the ribs but is fine and Ben Flower was ok in the changing rooms after coming off with concussion during the second-half. Liam Farrell is to undergo surgery on a rib injury and will miss the next two months.

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