Reaction from Shaun Wane as Wigan beat Widnes 32-16 at the DW Stadium
Warriors fightback from 16-0 down to beat Vikings
- Wane happy with how his side turned the game around
Shaun Wane declared himself happy with how side turned the game around as they fought back from 16-0 down to beat Widnes 32-16 on a cold night at the DW Stadium.
On the first half:
“Fair play to Widnes, they started off really well. Our first two sets were ok then we conceded a penalty on the last tackle, then we turned the ball over and couldn’t get out of our end and had to do some defending and next minute we’re 16-0 down. For the players to come out that hole was really impressive. The message at half-time seemed to sink in and they were able to turn it around.
On the second half:
“I was really pleased with how we responded in the second half. Being 16-0 down in this competition against a team that are flying like Widnes is tough, the fact we’ve come back from that and posted some points means I’m happy.
“We were more ruthless, we got to the end of our sets and were more composed in that final third and put them under pressure defensively too. I was happy with how we played in the second half.”
On the game:
“It was an awkward game, after the last few weeks and with the weather this week, we’ve not been out on the field but that’s the same for Widnes too so it’s been a difficult week.”
On standout players:
“Tommy Leuluai was ill this week and was touch and go about playing today but he toughed it out and I thought he was very good. Willie Isa was good off the bench. Sam Tomkins was competitive too. Ryan Sutton did well and was picked as man of the match by his mum (who was in hospitality)! Tony Clubb carried the ball strong and was banging holes into them in that second half. We’ll look at the reasons why we were 16-0 down but overall I’m happy.”
On Joe Burgess who started in place of Liam Marshall:
“Liam tweaked his ankle and didn’t train in the early part of the week and I’ve got Joe ready to go so I decided to make that change. I’m happy with Marshy but Budgie has done enough to stay in now and that’s great for me (to have that competition for places). I’ll take another look at the forwards this week and see if we bring anyone in there.”
On the staff getting the game to go ahead:
“All of the staff here did an incredible job in getting the game on so we’re really happy to get the win for them too.”
Wane said that Morgan Escaré rolled his ankle but seemed ok after the game.