Super League: Wigan's Shaun Wane tells Sky Sports he expects Warriors to tighten up

Last Updated: 11/03/14 2:46pm

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Shaun Wane: Hoping to see an improvement from his side against Hull KR on Friday

Shaun Wane: Hoping to see an improvement from his side against Hull KR on Friday

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Shaun Wane told Sky Sports that Wigan need to "buckle down" in defence after conceding too many points at the start of the new season.

The reigning Super League champions were beaten 36-31 at Castleford on Sunday and although they do still have a game in hand, they currently find themselves languishing in 10th place with just two points to their name.

In both of their home games so far in 2014 the Warriors have conceded 24, while hopes of success on Australian soil in the World Club Challenge were dashed at the hands of Sydney Roosters. They conceded 18 points without reply in the first half against their NRL opponents, eventually losing 36-14.

"I don't think we will be the only team to go to Castleford and lose."
Shaun Wane

Wane now wants to see an improvement from his players when they haven't got possession this Friday, when Hull KR visit the DW Stadium.

"Our attack is better than what it was last year at this stage in the season," he said. "We are scoring points.

"But I'm a defence-oriented coach and there are areas in our defence where we really need to improve and buckle down. We cannot be leaking 30-odd points, like we have done this year.

"Hopefully you will see a tougher emphasis on our defence on Friday."

Wigan looked to have done enough to win at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle thanks to a Matty Smith drop goal only for Luke Dorn to pop up in the final minute with the match-winning try, the sixth the hosts managed during the match.

Strict

"I'm strict with my team when we win, not just when we lose. We have a real strict environment here - I drive the players hard and they always respond," Wane said.

"I think we did enough in the game to get a win. Castleford were very impressive, but our attack was very crisp. Obviously our defence, to leak 36 points, was not acceptable for our club.

"The review we did with the players was very, very positive and I'm sure you will see a response. They know we are better that what we showed on Sunday.

"The areas we need to improve on were very small, and we've worked on them in training today."

Wane did admit to being "very impressed" by the Tigers, with Daryl Powell's side still owning a 100 per cent record so far after pipping the Cherry and Whites in dramatic fashion at the weekend.

"I don't think we will be the only team to go to Castleford and lose," he admitted.

"They are a tough team to beat. It's a very, very small pitch, it's very tight. It's difficult to get used to and it's a big advantage to Castleford. They are obviously well coached and Daryl Powell is doing a great job there

"I was very impressed by Castleford."

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