Super League: Shaun Wane says comments by Denis Betts fired up Wigan Warriors

Last Updated: 24/03/13 5:06pm

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane says his players reacted to comments made by Widnes boss Denis Betts as they prepared for their 62-4 victory at the DW Stadium.

Betts suggested ahead of the game that the Warriors were "afraid" of facing England forward Gareth Hock after blocking him from facing his parent club while on loan with the Vikings.

"The challenge was laid down in the week and they took it on board. Some things were said which made it easy for me. It helped our preparation," said Wane.

"The challenge was laid down in the week and they took it on board. Some things were said which made it easy for me. It helped our preparation."
Shaun Wane

"I don't think you could say anyone in my team is scared of anybody. Those childish comments hurt my players. They were really focused going into the game.

"What they did today was how they practised all week. We were ruthless in how we attacked."


Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins celebrated his 24th birthday with a hat-trick of tries but he was trumped by England team-mate Josh Charnley, who crossed for four tries of his own to extend his tally to 73 in 74 appearances for the club.

Wigan lost captain Sean O'Loughlin with a rib injury and hooker Michael McIlorum with a shoulder problem before the interval but Wane expects them both to be fit for the Good Friday derby with St Helens.

"It was a great win but I'm not going to get carried away," Wane added. "It one of those games where a lot went our way.

"This Friday is a different challenge and our feet will be on the ground."


Betts admitted his side was outplayed and were punished for their mistakes.

"Wigan were that hot, it was quite scary at times. They looked like they were on fast forward, whereas we looked like we were on pause," he said.

"They just played the game so quickly and physically dominated us. They were very good tonight and scored some great tries.

"It wasn't a great performance by us but there were patches where we were just okay and then we'd break and they'd score.

"With the quality they've got on the edges, you make one mistake and you get hurt. We had too many people today who made mistakes, especially on our left edge.

"It was disappointing because I know we're a better side than we showed."

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