Shaun Wane was delighted to see his Wigan Warriors side beat St Helens on Friday to delay Saints’ march towards the League Leaders’ Shield. The Warriors were on top form against their local rivals at the Totally Wicked Stadium, despite losing full-back Sam Tomkins to a knee injury during the warm-up, as they ran in six tries on their way to a 30-10 victory.
The victory was Wigan’s first of the season over Saints, following two previous defeats, and Wane was delighted with his side’s performance, as they consolidated their second-place standing in the Super 8s, a position that would see them secure a home semi-final for the playoffs.
“We were good away to Catalans but this was a lot more intense and a more important game,” Wane said. “They threw down the gauntlet, saying they wanted the league leaders and a 3-0 whitewash.”
Wane believes Saints, who have now lost three of their last four matches in all competitions, including back-to-back home games in the Super 8s, will go on to claim the League Leaders’ Shield and he feels they would be worthy winners of that accolade.
“They will get the leaders shield and they deserve it, they are a very good team, no question, that’s what makes this so sweet,” he added. “We put a game plan together and it worked.”