Slow Wigan start just what Wane expected

Wigan coach Shaun Wane claims he anticipated his side’s slow start to the season – and feels it could have been much worse.

The Warriors have lost two of their five Super League games this season and currently sit sixth in the table, six points off pace-setters St Helens with a game in hand. The 49-year-old told the official Wigan Warriors website he anticipated an early struggle because of the disruption caused by February’s World Club Challenge.

“It’s pretty much what I expected,” he said.

“I knew it would be quite difficult with the travel and disruption of the World Club Challenge but we have now hit some form and we did well against Warrington. We have played well in patches in defence and attack and against Warrington I was pleased with the performance and the fantastic win. Hopefully we have turned a corner now and will improve further against Catalan this Friday.

“I said right at the start when we first agreed to play the game in Australia, and I would do that again given the chance because it was a great experience for everyone and a great learning curve for us as staff and players, but I knew what we would walk into, I knew it would be a tough start to the year and it was. We are probably a bit further in front now of where I thought we would be to be honest with key players like Lockers and Micky Mac missing but we have shown some decent form and I am happy with where we are at.”

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