‘We were dumb’: Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane rues missed chances at Huddersfield Giants

By Mark Shales

Mistakes in execution were to blame for Wigan Warriors’ first loss of the season, according to an upset head coach Shaun Wane.

Liam Farrell and Josh Charnley gave Wigan a 10-0 lead within 11 minutes before Jermaine McGillvary, Jamie Cording and Brett Ferres replied for Huddersfield – skipper Danny Brough kicking five goals.

The Warriors had to cope without injured Man of Steel Sam Tomkins at fullback but Wane believes his side could have taken the two points. 

“It’s upsetting to lose and we could have sneaked it even towards the end but it wasn’t to be,” he told his club’s website.

“They defended outstandingly well.  They are a good team who are well coached but I still think we made opportunities to win the game.

“We were dumb with some of the penalties we gave away and field position and I need to look at our discipline but I remember six clear cut occasions when we could have scored.

“I expect us to execute the plays better than we did but the pleasing thing for me is that we are making the opportunities so it’s not all doom and gloom.

“I’m upset with the loss but I’m satisfied that we will come good.”

The Warriors now sit five places below the table-topping Giants – the only side to have maintained a 100% record this season.

England international Tomkins touched down twice when the Warriors visited Huddersfield last season, and Wane admitted his side lacked penetration in his absence.

“Any team would miss someone like Sam but there are no excuses,” he added. “We came here expecting to win and I thought we had the game plan to win. 

“He got a knock on his shoulder from the Warrington game and will probably be out next week as well. 

“We played well in parts but you have to commend Huddersfield, they played well.”

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