- Wane: Emotional Win
- Warriors head coach reflects on the win following an emotional week for the Warriors
- Wigan make it four from four in the Super 8s
Wigan made it four wins from four in the Super 8s after seeing off Wakefield Trinity 25-10 on Thursday Evening. Oliver Gildart and Sam Powell scoring in the first half with a Sam Tomkins drop goal, before Escare and Greenwood added to the tally in the second half.
On the game, Wane said: “I’m not delighted, but I’m happy we won. I’m happy we are four and none and I’m happy with the win considering the emotion of beating St Helens and what has happened with Dan, so it’s a very emotional week for everybody.
“To get the score early on was important, it was definitely important against them. Bearing in mind they put a lot of points on a flying Huddersfield team last week, so they are capable of scoring points. They’ve got some talented players.”
He added: “They had a way of defending which worked, a strategy that stopped us from playing and they were allowed to do that which was disappointing but we did some good things. We had to defend our line, goal line defence was good on the whole. It was one of those, it was always going to be ugly and we just wanted to win the game.
“Losing two middles early on in the game hurt us, we only had one middle on the bench so that was difficult but overall, I was happy to get the win.”
On the emotion during the week, he said: “It’s been hard. It was hard for me so I knew it’d be hard for the players with everything that’s happened this week. It wasn’t St Helens with a buzzing crowd, it was flat today and the fans will feel the same. So, we’re just happy to get the win, we’re four and none in the play-offs and everything considered, I’m happy.”
On Dan Sarginson: “It was an absolutely huge effort for Dan to get out there tonight, I’ve spoken with him all week and he didn’t have any consideration for himself, he just wanted to do what he felt was right for his team and you could tell with the way the players behaved around him before and after the game today, that it’s been tough for everybody, especially Dan and his family.
“We dedicated that win to them, we sang the song on his behalf. We thought about leaving the song at the end but we did it for Adam and Sarge appreciated that.”