Shaun Wane wants Wigan to bounce back from Challenge Cup defeat this week
“We haven’t been walking around kicking stones” says Wane”
- Wigan face St Helens in Super 8s Derby at Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday, 8pm kick-off
Shaun Wane says Wigan haven’t been ‘walking around kicking stones’ this week as they look to bounce back from Challenge Cup defeat in the best way possible.
The Warriors lost out by the smallest of margins at Wembley last week as Hull ran out 18-14 winners.
Now Wane’s side return to Super League action in a mouth-watering Super 8s Derby against St Helens.
The pair are tied on points with the winner knowing they have the chance to move into the top four this weekend, should results go their way.
“The players are as well as can be expected,” said Wane.
“We’re not happy with the result on Saturday. It could have gone either way, we were at 58% in the second half though which isn’t good enough. We put ourselves under massive pressure and still could have won it but we did too many things that you can’t afford to do in a cup final.
“We travelled back on Sunday and we were back in on Monday then had a full day of training on Tuesday. We’re not walking around kicking stones, we’ve got a big game this week. It’s sad what happened on Saturday but we’ve been to a Challenge Cup final, we’ve won a World Club Challenge and now we’re determined to make an assault on the Super 8s.”
The Warriors Head Coach says there is no better game for his side to play in this week but knows they will have to perform if they are to get the spoils.
“It’s perfect!” He said. “St Helens away is a great fixture for us and we’re looking forward to it. The lads have spoken really well about getting over the loss and making sure we’re at our best this week.
“They’ve had a few wins and seem to have turned a corner and really built on what Keiron (Cunningham) was doing. They’ve lost the last couple but they really weren’t far off in either of those games, they’ve had a week off so we’re expecting them to be really strong and aggressive this week.”
The game has added intrigue with former Canterbury, Brisbane and Cronulla full-back Ben Barba set to debut having completed a 12-match ban.
Wane added: “They’re a strong team without Ben Barba so with him added in it’s going to make it a big challenge.
“He’s a talent, a great ball-carrier, Jonny Lomax is and they’ve a few more too so he just adds to what is already a very strong back field. It’s great for Super League that we’ve got him over here.
“We have to deal with it. It’s a must win game for both teams so it’s going to be a great game for everybody to watch.”
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