- Wigan Head Coach previews Friday’s Super 8s clash vs Warrington
- Discusses last Thursday’s victory over Wakefield Trinity
- Offers thoughts on early retirement of Macauley Davies
Wigan Head Coach Shaun Wane believes both sides are “evenly matched” going into the crucial Super 8s clash with Warrington Wolves.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s game, the Warriors experienced head coach said “It’s always a great game. After the Challenge Cup loss we are still hurting really badly, in the manner that we lost the game. But the great win at the Magic [Weekend] was fantastic and showed what we can do.”
“It’s always game on when we play them.”
A number of players appeared to take knocks in the 25-10 win over Wakefield Trinity last week and Shaun was quick to clear up how these potential injuries may affect this week’s fixture.
He said, “They’ve got a great squad, but so have we. We’re going to lose Joe Greenwood and there’s a chance of losing Lockers [Sean O’Loughlin] and Ben Flower.”
He again discussed the fitness of winger Dom Manfredi who is now fit and looks set to play against The Wire.
“Dom Manfredi is fit to go. It was a tough call last week but I had to do what was right in my heart, and it worked. He’s got his chance this weekend.”
He also mentioned an extra incentive for the players. “It’s Dan Sarginson’s 100th game this week, so we’ve got another reason to make sure we get the win.”
Although Wigan picked up another win last week against Wakefield, Mr Wane was keen to stress that the side can still improve.
“It was a tough one and we were up against a side that was trying to slow the game down and had just pumped Huddersfield.”
After the news of Dan Sarginson’s brother in the run up to the match versus Trinity, emotions were running high in the squad. The head coach praised his efforts on the night considering the situation. “Mentally it’s been very, very tough. But for him to turn up and play the way he did last week speaks volumes about him.”
There was more tough news this week as Wigan forward Macauley Davies announced his retirement at the age of 22 on medical grounds. He said “It’s really, really sad what’s happened, and that part of his life is over now. These things can happen any time [in rugby league] with the collisions in this sport. I stress it to my players that the sort something off the field.”
What his players choose to do after they finished playing is something the head coach has stressed often to his squad in a career that can end so suddenly.
He explained, “It’s almost embarrassing how much pressure I put on them and I probably mention it to every single player when I have them in my office.”
He continued, “Every player has to do something, or else we get rid of them. Lockers, Sam [Tomkins], every player in this club has to be working towards a qualification or business and we get help from our sponsors on that as well.
I very plainly, openly tell them the situation and hopefully it sinks in why I’m obsessed about it.”
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