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  • Att: 3,706

Super League: Shaun Wane says Wigan's win over Salford was 'unbelievably satisfying'

Last updated: 23rd May 2014  

Super League: Shaun Wane says Wigan's win over Salford was 'unbelievably satisfying'

Shaun Wane: Proud of the way injury-hit Wigan performed against Salford

It shows our strength in depth and all credit to our youth system - kids like Ryan Sutton, Rocky Hampshire and Joe Burgess are coming in and not only playing but playing really well.

Shaun Wane
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Coach Shaun Wane expressed his pride after his youthful Wigan side clinched a 25-4 victory against Salford on Thursday.

Teenage winger Joe Burgess scored two of his side's four tries as the Warriors overcame the absence of nine regulars to narrow the gap to Super League Leaders Leeds to one point.

Hooker Michael McIlorum was also forced to depart early on with a knee injury but the Warriors still dominated their opponents away from home.

"That was unbelievably satisfying, especially after losing Micky Mac and Scott Taylor couldn't play long," Wane said.

"It shows our strength in depth and all credit to our youth system - kids like Ryan Sutton, Rocky Hampshire and Joe Burgess are coming in and not only playing but playing really well."

Wigan were just 4-0 ahead at the break after second rower John Bateman scored on the stroke of half-time, but there was never any real doubt over the outcome.

Wane added: "They were playing with the wind so I was satisfied at half-time. I have watched a lot of Salford and I knew that, if we defended well and concentrated, we could stop them scoring.

Fantastic

"I am really pleased. It was a fantastic win. They are a good team who throw things at teams. I thought we defended well and I was just disappointed at the end (when Francis Meli scored a consolation try) because I thought we deserved a nil."

Wane revealed that he opted not to play McIlorum for the final hour of the match as a precaution.

"He's strained his knee ligaments and we've a big game coming up in a couple of weeks so I didn't want to risk him," he said.

The outcome was a disappointment for Salford coach Iestyn Harris, whose side have taken just three points out of a possible 14 since he left his role as assistant at Wigan to succeed Brian Noble, but he remains convinced they are making progress.

"I thought defensively we had a real dig. It was a real physical game. I didn't think there was a whole lot between the two teams. I just thought they had too much pace for us on the end if I'm honest," he said.

"We could have been a little bit more clinical at times but I thought it was a big improvement from us defensively tonight because they are a very good side. I thought we defended very well for large parts of the game. We've got make sure we've got to keep moving in the same direction.

"We've made some big improvements. The biggest concern for me was the defensive system and I think we're looking a lot more solid."

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2 Castleford Tigers 25 34
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5 Huddersfield Giants 25 33
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