Super League: Shaun Wane delighted with Wigan's defensive effort against Warrignton

Last Updated: 21/03/14 7:05am

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Shaun Wane: Focused on defence in build up to Wigan's clash with Warrington

Shaun Wane: Focused on defence in build up to Wigan's clash with Warrington

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane says a solid defence was the key to their 12-4 victory in a Grand Final rematch with Warrington.

Liam Farrell scored one try and sent acting captain Blake Green over for another as the Warriors claimed a victory which lifts them above Warrington into sixth place in the Super league table.

Warrington were hoping to avenge October's 30-16 defeat at Old Trafford but they were never in the hunt in wet and windy conditions at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

"It's a big win for us. I've seen this performance coming," Wane said.

"We've played well in patches but today we showed some consistency. We showed some real toughness which was the pleasing thing for me.

"I thought we defended really well and we bombed a couple of tries in the first half. I thought we were well deserved winners of that game.

"We spoke about nothing but defence all week and they stood up. The resilience the players showed for young kids was outstanding. It puts us in a real good stead as a club. It's a tough place to come but we were very good in difficult conditions."

Warrington coach Tony Smith was disappointed with his side's inability to create chances but still heaped praise on the performance of captain Ben Westwood.

'Dreadful'

"With the ball we were dreadful, especially in some areas we were very good at last week. We certainly didn't build on that for this week, that's for sure," Smith said.

"There were a couple of steps backwards with the ball but a couple of steps forward without it.

"I thought we were probably as physical as we've been for a long time. That was a real positive to take from it.

"Ben Westwood is a machine. You could see what he was trying to do for our team. It was a remarkable effort.

"He was an inspiration to watch. He never dies wondering what he can do to get his team across the line. It was an incredible performance for a guy who wasn't on the winning team."

Smith also took consolation from the performance of former Wigan full-back Matty Russell, whose introduction on the hour helped the Wolves produce their best spell of the match.

He added: "We were looking for a spark and Matty sure gave us a spark. He is getting close to forging his way in there.

"He's throwing a whole lot at each of the games he's been and is feeling more comfortable playing without guys."

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