Wane pleased with defensive effort

13 August 2017 01:39:49 GMTPlus11
Sam Tomkins

Wigan Warriors are still in with a chance of extending their Super League season after a display that pleased coach Shaun Wane.

The Warriors got their Super 8s campaign underway with defeat at Leeds Rhinos last week, but bounced back well to beat Huddersfield Giants 18-4 at the DW Stadium.

Huddersfield put quite a few plays on us tonight, but they never looked like breaking us.

Shaun Wane

They had to come from behind, Jermaine McGillvary giving the Giants the lead with their only score of the game.

The Warriors replied with tries from Anthony Gelling, Liam Farrell and Sam Tomkins to ensure their chances of taking a top four place remain intact.

The top three of Castleford, Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC are all but guaranteed to take their place in the play-off semi-finals but the Warriors are now three points behind Wakefield who sit fourth.

For Wane, it was pleasing to see the team bounce back from their resounding defeat to Leeds.

He said on the club's official website: "The review last Saturday wasn't a good one, so it was a tough week. It was what the players wanted because they weren't happy, but I thought we reaped the benefits of it tonight.

"Huddersfield put quite a few plays on us tonight, but they never looked like breaking us."

In particular he praised his team's defensive efforts, adding: "We were miles better and we had a great attitude. Huddersfield have been beating teams regularly, scoring a lot of points and they have some good attacking players in their team, so for us to defend that way, it was great."

Wigan are 500/1 to win the Grand Final with runaway Super League leaders Castleford Tigers 8/15.

The Warriors, as well as having league ambitions, also have a date at Wembley to look forward to at the end of the month. Wane's side play Hull FC, defending champions, and are 8/11 to lift the trophy with Lee Radford's side priced at 11/10.

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