The best team won, insists Wigan’s Shaun Wane

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane insisted that the best team won Thursday’s contest with Widnes, after they suffered their first home defeat in the league for nearly two years.

The Warriors lost 18-12 to the Vikings to lose ground at the top of the early Super League table, with the defeat their first in the league at home since the summer of 2014, when St Helens won at the DW Stadium.

But Wane was quick to praise the Vikings afterwards, whilst also admitting his team did their best to lose the contest.

“They were good for the win, they’re the best team in the comp and, if you make defensive errors, they’re going to burn you,” he said.

“We went away from our system, which is disappointing. We had a good record here and that’s gone and in a cheap way. It’s hard to take,

“Their last plays were better than ours but we fixed it a bit in the second half and, if we had been a bit smarter, we would have got the game,  but in the end the best team won.”