Shaun Wane confident Wigan will be ok without Tommy Leuluai
Tommy Leuluai out for six weeks with broken jaw
- Wane says injuries over the last year means the team are used to changing positions
Shaun Wane says Wigan are well prepared as they look set to shuffle the side ahead of their trip to Castleford.
The Warriors Head Coach confirmed to the media on Wednesday that the Warriors will be without Tommy Leuluai for six weeks owing to a broken jaw.
Wane however refuses to be too downbeat and says the Warriors are well placed to cope with the loss.
“It’s not badly broken, he’ll be roughly six weeks.” Said Wane.
“We’ve got cover, I know we’ve lost Jake (Shorrocks) but we’ve got other people who can play in that position.
“Tommy has been great for us this season, he drives standards in training and he’ll be missed, any team would miss him. It gives an opportunity to others though.
“Having gone through what we did last year with bringing young players in and moving players around they’re all pretty use to it now.
“I’m happy, there will always be something we can do and I’ll always believe that we can win a game. We’ll be putting a good team out this weekend and hopefully we’ll be strong enough to get something from the game.”
One area of less concern over injuries is in the backs with Wane admitting that Lewis Tierney is now fit but waiting for a chance owing to the form of youngsters Tom Davies and Liam Marshall.
Wane said: “Marshy (Liam Marshall) and Tom (Davies) have been killing it and Lewis understands that. I’m a big fan of his and he will get some game time over the next few weeks.
“They’re putting in loads of effort and carrying the ball great. You look at Tom Davies with 309 metres (against Catalans) having not played many games, I don’t remember many of them – maybe Sam (Tomkins). I’ll stick to my guns, if someone is doing a really good job then the only way I might change it is if I have to give someone some game time over the next few weeks.
“I’ve been through all of the different scenarios whilst out walking my dogs, I’ve come up with a few different things we can do so we’re more than covered. My wife wanted to come with me but I told her I needed some thinking time.”
Ahead of Saturday’s top of the table clash with Castleford, Wane said the Warriors will go there looking for an improved performance after losing to the Tigers at the DW at the start of the month.
He added: “We’ll be going there and trying our best. They’re the best team in the comp, I think Daryl will be the happiest out of any Super League coach at the moment with his team. There’s no team that has really hit their straps yet apart from Castleford, they’ve been consistently good.
“I think we’re in a better position because of the manner of how we lost the last game, we were poor and they were by far the best team. I think the scoreline flattered us, we weren’t good enough so that will be a big motivating factor for us.”