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Noble - Room for improvement
Wigan coach adamant teen sensation is not the finished article
He has got superb prowess. He is strong, quick and knows how to finish but there are other parts of his game he needs to improve.
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Brian Noble insists Shaun Ainscough is still "a work in progress", despite the teenager's four tries in the 40-26 win at high-flying Wakefield on Sunday.
The 19-year-old winger tops the Super League try-scoring charts following his 16 tries in 10 senior appearances this season.
But he only got the nod to play at Belle Vue because of the late withdrawal of George Carmont with tonsillitis.
Ainscough was accountable for the second of two tries early in the second-half though when outjumped by his opposite number Damien Blanch and Noble believes the youngster and the team can get better.
"There is no doubt he is a work in progress," said Noble. "He has got superb prowess. He is strong, quick and knows how to finish but there are other parts of his game he needs to improve.
"I thought it was a really hard way to win a game, though. We gifted them three tries in the first-half to keep them in the game.
"I knew that, if we could get to the other end of the field, we could score some points and I thought our execution was really good."
Ainscough's four-try display overshadowed an impressive showing from Wakefield scrum-half Danny Brough, who scored two tries and kicked five goals, but Wildcats coach John Kear does not expect the result to impact on the forthcoming Challenge Cup meeting between the sides.
"We didn't play well at all," he said. "I thought Wigan came here and did a job on us. The half-time score probably flattered us because we scored two tries off their errors.
"But I don't think anybody will have learned anything from today. It was a weird game. There just didn't look to be any structure to it."
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