A battling draw against Warrington Wolves has sent out a clear message to Wigan Warriors’ Super League rivals according to head coach Shaun Wane.
In a pulsating fixture at the DW Stadium, Josh Charnley, Ben Flower and Liam Farrell scored a try apiece, Pat Richards kicked four points and Matty Smith sunk a late drop goal.
Lee Briers’ late drop goal secured a 17-17 draw though after two Joel Monaghan tries, one for Richie Myler and two Brett Hodgson goals, but Wane was still satisfied with the result.
“We were nowhere near our best – we put ourselves under pressure with the penalty count – but overall I’m fairly pleased with that,” he told BBC Sport.
“It was a really big game and in the past we’ve not been performing in big games.
“It will send a signal out to other teams.”
Despite beating the Wire to the League Leaders’ Shield last season, the Warriors’ title hopes have been questioned this year due to their young squad.
Wane believes his side showed a quality attitude both during and after the game however.
“It was a good effort from our players. To have to defend so many sets on our line, we showed some great character,” he said.
“I’m a little frustrated because I thought we could have done better but the courage and guts we showed in our defence was outstanding.
“The pleasing thing for me is that it’s a quiet dressing room. They are all disappointed with the result.”
Wigan now have eight days off before travelling to Huddersfield Giants for their first Sunday afternoon fixture of the year.
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