Wane refuses to blame fatigue for Wigan defeat

Wigan coach Shaun Wane refused to blame tiredness for his team’s failure to convert a 20-6 second-half lead into a victory at Hull KR on Sunday.

The Warriors ended up losing 22-20, but Wane refused to regret playing the World Club Series game against Brisbane Broncos the week before.

“It’s tough, but I’m glad we did it (played Brisbane),” he said, according to his club’s official website.

“If I had the chance off Ian (Lenagan – Wigan chairman) again I’d jump at it.

“It is what it is and you just get on with it. We came to a tough place today and you need to be at your very best.

“The crowd are very vocal and on top of you, they pressure everybody and they ended up getting the win.

“On the positive side I thought we looked really smart when we got our plays on.”

Despite his disappointment with some of his side’s execution and structure, Wane was pleased with the character they showed.

“We were a bit dumb with the ball but the scraps we got we scored tries, it’s simple, if we keep hold of the ball, we’ll score tries and we’ll win games,” he added.

“In the final quarter we were at 22% (completion) and that’s when we should have been closing the game out. I’m very pleased with the effort they put in, they showed some character backing up after last week but it’s disappointing.”

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