Challenge Cup: Shaun Wane hails his Wigan side following demolition of Leigh

Last updated: 19th April 2013  

Challenge Cup: Shaun Wane hails his Wigan side following demolition of Leigh

Shaun Wane: Wigan boss pleased to progress in Challenge Cup

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane was delighted with his side's 11-try Challenge Cup win over local rivals Leigh.

Four tries from Sam Tomkins, and a hat-trick each from Josh Charnley and Pat Richards, helped Wigan book their place in the fifth round of the competition with a 60-10 demolition of Paul Rowley's side.

Wane said: "I am very happy with that performance. This is a very important competition and I am happy to get through.

"I was impressed with Leigh and I have to commend them, I was pleased with a lot our execution especially when you consider near the end of the game we had possibly our youngest ever half-back combination in the history of the club with an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old."

Wane handed debuts to youngsters James Greenwood and George Williams and the Wigan boss was happy with how the duo's performance.

He added: "I was happy with how both went, they weren't fantastic but they were good for their first game and it is a big step up.

"I don't know what other Super League clubs but they are under quite a bit of pressure to play a certain way with us so it's not the easiest of debuts for them. I thought they both acquitted themselves very well and I was okay with their debuts."

Rowley maintained he was proud of his side despite such a loss at the DW Stadium.

The Leigh coach said: "I don't like losing but it's the display that counts sometimes and I'm very proud of the display if I'm being honest. We spoke as a team about coming away with something we could be proud of individually and I think everyone will have one fond memory from this game.

"Like I say I don't like losing but we are always confident whoever we play but it is the performance that matters and they get a tick for that one.

"We need to come through a tough battle and although we didn't get the result today hopefully this can be that kind of battle."

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