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‘Unacceptable’ start to year as Wigan Warriors youngsters suffer heavy defeat in Leigh Centurions friendly

By Mark Shales

Wigan Warriors have been slammed as ‘unacceptable’ after their heavy defeat to Championship side Leigh Centurions – their first pre-season friendly of 2013.

Jamie Doran’s lone try gave the young Warriors side a late consolation score, after the part-timers touched down six times at the Leigh Sports Village to take a 30-6 win.

Although few of the Wigan side had any experience of Super League, head of league development John Winder – taking charge for Wigan – was not impressed.

“We didn’t start well, we lacked energy and enthusiasm which is unacceptable from us,” he told Wigan Today.

“A few of the younger lads went okay – I thought Greg Burke had a dig – and a couple others did alright, but we generally weren’t at the races, especially at the start.

“It’s a game of momentum and we got what we deserved.”

Gil Dudson, Anthony Gelling, Logan Tomkins and Rhodri Lloyd were the only starting first-team players in a squad that included new arrival Scott Taylor.

The 21-year-old England international arrived at the DW Stadium in October, after three years with Hull KR.

But despite the relative inexperience of his side, Wilder refused to make excuses for Wigan’s performance.

“There are guys there with aspirations of playing first-team, and we’re a lot better than we showed – a lot better,” he added.

“Leigh are a quality team and they were slick, they did some good things, but we should have handled that better.”

Head coach Shaun Wane is expected to use a more senior side for Wigan’s friendly away at Hull KR next weekend.

The Warriors – who ended 2012 with a play-off defeat to Leeds – kick off the defence of their league-leaders shield away at Salford City Reds on February 3.

Picture courtesy of @WiganWarriorsRL, with thanks

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