Wigan coach Shaun Wane believes that Matty Bowen has shown Super League that he is a “special” player this season, with his try against Castleford last week being a classic.
The Warriors thrashed Cas 46-6, gaining a measure of revenge for their exit from the Challenge Cup at the hands of the fast-improving Yorkshire side.
“It was a fantastic try, and that’s why he’s so special to this competition,” Wane said.
“He does some freakish things, and he’s been doing that for years.
“I’m really pleased we’ve got him.”
Wane was also pleased that his team had put the nightmare display of a week earlier behind them in such style.
“It’s enjoyable to to get that win against a really good team, to bounce back and show some character like we did,” he said.
“It was a great effort under the adversity we had, losing Gil Dudson and George Williams in the warm-up.
“Then ‘Mango’ (Bowen) came off, and ‘Rocky’ (Ryan) Hampshire came off. We had some tough times, but we bounced back and showed some figthing spirit, which is what we’re all about.
“I gave the players a real tough time this week about how that really wasn’t our performance last week.
“This week was a Wigan performance, it’s disappointing that it was a week late, but that’s life.
“We just need to get our heads down, and win that League Leaders’ Shield, and hopefully get to Old Trafford again.
“If you’d have given me that scoreline before the game I’d have snapped your hand off.”