Wane: Our defending was “unacceptable”

Shaun Wane described Wigan’s defending as “unacceptable” after the Warriors crashed 50-34 at Leigh on Thursday.

The Centurions ran in eight tries to clinch their first victory over near-neighbours Wigan in 33 years and Wane didn’t hold back after the game.

“It’s very, very tough to handle,” he said. “A lack of consistency again. We scored over thirty points, so we should never be losing the game.

“I don’t think Neil (Jukes) will be happy about leaking thirty, but us leaking fifty was unacceptable. Some of the tries they scored were well below our standards.

“Three or four tries within our ten and our goal-line ‘D’ was unacceptable. We have a very strong group, but they know what we’re capable of and they just need to start delivering it very quickly.

“We make an error when we’re getting ourselves in front and then we can’t defend for one set. I expect us to defend on our line for six sets. I’ll accept them scoring a try after six sets, but we were below our standards.

“Leigh outclassed us today without question. Fifty points at home is a real hammering and it’ll take a long time to get over it but the beauty about rugby league is we’ve got a big game against warrington next week.

“It’s a decent turnaround and I’ve just told the players it’s gonna be hard work. We’re going to rip in and make sure Warrington see the best of our consistent ‘D’.

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