‘We were in the zone’: Shaun Wane hails performance as Wigan Warriors produce record win over Hull KR

By Thomas McCooey

Wigan coach Shaun Wane knew former Hull Kingston Rovers stand-off Blake Green would make his mark against his old club as the Warriors ran riot at MS3 Craven park on Monday.

The 6-84 success was a record score for the Warriors since Super League began, beating their previous best of 78-4 over Workington Town in 1996.

Green scored a hat-trick in the Wigan’s 15-try display and the former Hull K.R. talisman was heavily involved in organising the Warriors’ attack which earned his coach’s praise. 

“He was a bit nervous this morning in our hotel. I could sense he wanted to get in and get playing – he was great,” said Wane.

“I knew we were in the zone and I could tell at our team meeting this morning that we were focused. 

“This is not one of those places you can come half-cooked. You need to be full-on and the players were.”

Wigan’s efficient 15-try display sees the Warriors remain top of the league table and the result stretches their run of two wins from two over the Easter period to four years.

Only a Greg Eden try on the stroke of half-time interrupted a steady flow of scores, with Matty Smith, Chris Tuson and Iain Thornley all bagging braces. 

“Sometimes that happens in games where everything goes right. I was pleased with our attack,” added Wane.

“We’ve been talking about our mentality and making sure we concentrate. We had a ten-minute spell in the second half where we threw a couple of balls away and didn’t finish our sets off but apart from that we were squeaky clean. 

“We’ve looked after the players and spent a lot of money in making sure they were in good nick today. It was the players’ mentality as well. I don’t want them to be thinking about the match three days ago.”

The only sour point came early on when the jet-heeled Josh Charnley had to be replaced after scoring his 11th try of this year’s campaign.

Wane revealed Charnley needed 15 stitches to a cut on his Achilles. 

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