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Wane reflects on pre-season defeat

January 19, 2015 13:56:40 UK

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane was in philosophical mood following his side’s pre-season defeat to Leigh Centurions.

The Warriors went down 26-6 to the Championship side, who are expected to be among the favourites for promotion this year having recently gone full-time. But the result still came as a shock to many, with nine Warriors from last year’s Grand Final defeat named in the team.

“We did some good things, but we weren’t consistent enough throughout the game. When we played with some composure we scored some points, so we know what we need to do,” said Wane, who was full of praise for the Centurions.

Taulima got a whack in his ribs, we’ll see how he is but it’s nothing serious.

Shaun Wane

“We bombed a few chances, and that’s why we do these things and we play these games. I’d have liked to have won but I’m not going to beat us up about it – and fair play to Leigh, who played very well.”

Wane also reserved praise for new signings Taulima Tautai and Larne Patrick, who made their debuts for the club.

“Taulima got a whack in his ribs, we’ll see how he is but it’s nothing serious. I was fairly happy with how both he and Larne went. They didn’t blow me away but it was the first game in a new system for them and they’ll be better for it,” he added.

The Warriors were defeated by St Helens in the 2014 Super League Grand Final. They open their 2015 Super League campaign with a trip to face Widnes Vikings on 5th February.

Wigan are 3.75 to win the Grand Final outright, while St Helens 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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