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Wane primed for season opener

January 06, 2015 14:41:58 UK

Shaun Wane is confident Wigan can avoid a repeat of last season’s slow start.

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane expects a strong start to the season from his side.

The Warriors lost three of their four competitive games in the first month of the season last term, following the high-profile losses of Sam Tomkins, Pat Richards, Harrison Hansen and Lee Mossop.

Mossop has since rejoined the Warriors after a frustrating spell with NRL side Parramatta Eels.

The Warriors squad has a more settled feel to it this term, and Wane is confident they will be able to find their form quickly ahead of their opening Super League fixture at Widnes Vikings.

He told Wigan Today: “We expect it to be quite seamless. Only three players have come in and of those, Lee knows our systems inside out. Taulima (Tautai) and Larne Patrick have fitted in well, too, so we’re not expecting any problems.

“The players who we brought in a year ago – the Tony Clubbs and Dan Sarginsons – have been in our system a while and know what to expect. Having not made any changes, we have got some stability.”

Wigan are 3.75 to win the Grand Final outright, having been beaten by St Helens in the end-of-season showpiece last year.

Saints are 4.33 to land the title for a second successive year and Leeds Rhinos can be backed at 5.50.

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