Youngsters impress proud Wane

Youngsters impress proud Wane

  • Wigan Head Coach delighted with young players after last-gasp win over Warrington

  • Josh Woods’ match winning drop-goal sealed a famous win for a depleted Wigan side

Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane lavished praise on some of his squads younger players after his side won a classic Super League encounter against Warrington Wolves 13-12.

Young stand-off Josh Woods’ drop goal 20 seconds from the hooter won the game for the Warriors, with young back-rower Liam Paisley scoring his first try for the club in an impressive outing from the 20-year old in a contest where Wigan had to play without experienced pack members Tony Clubb and Liam Farrell for large parts of the game.

“That dressing room is bouncing, and I think everyone is happy for our younger players who have come through that game tonight,” beamed a proud Shaun Wane in his post-match press conference.

“I’m a big Warrington fan, I like how they play, they’re a champion club but we deserved it in the end.

“We was busted before the game with players who probably shouldn’t have played but we had no-one else and we had young kids on the bench. We lost Faz (Liam Farrell) and Clubby (Tony Clubb) for periods so we did an hour without some senior players but we really dug-in. Cal Field and Liam Paisley, tonight’s experience be good for them and I thought Gabe Hamlin was very good, he carried some good balls and had some hit in his contacts. We had to find a way to win it. We made a couple of half breaks, got some field position and Josh did it.”

Wane was also effusive in his praise for his match winner Josh Woods: “Josh is cool player. He’s relaxed and laid-back, which frustrates me sometimes, but he’s skilful and he’s done some good things in the last few games with George (Williams) being out. That’s what I said to him, give me a headache when George is out and don’t make it straight forward decision for me, and that’s what he’s doing. He’s a good kid and he’s very, very coachable”

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