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Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane reflects on victory at Hull
That win is the best we've had this year, better than the St Helens one and you know what I think about them. We played well. We were ruthless with some of our attack, we were back to our best.
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Wigan coach Shaun Wane praised his side's 44-16 victory over Hull at the KC Stadium as their best of the season, as the reigning champions moved up to third place in the First Utility Super League.
"It was a win at all costs," Wane said. "I'm very proud of your young guns Dan Sarginson, Dom Manfredi and Joe Burgess, who all came of age.
"That win is the best we've had this year, better than the St Helens one and you know what I think about them.
"We played well. We were ruthless with some of our attack, we were back to our best."
Wingers Burgess and Manfredi were among the tries but it was Sarginson who caught the eye as a third-choice full-back in the absence of Matty Bowen and his understudy Ryan Hampshire.
"I thought he was outstanding," Wane said. "I've played him in three positions but you could play him in the back row.
"He's a competitor and that's what I love about him. On the back of that he's got good feet and great skills which is a bonus."
Wigan's victory was tarnished by the loss of loose forward Tony Clubb with a knee ligament injury which will sideline him for "a few weeks" - while young prop Ryan Sutton was taken off in the first half following a clash of heads.
It was Hull's third defeat in four matches and their heaviest of the season, which leaves them struggling to retain their top-eight spot. However, Wane had words of encouragement for his opposite number Lee Radford.
"I do commiserate with Lee," Wane said. "He's my style of coach. He's very honest.
"I know what he's going through. We've gone through tough times ourselves. I speak to Lee regularly and I just hope he stays confident."
Radford was hoping for a response to last week's surprise home defeat by Wakefield but he admitted his side remain in a rut ahead of the Hull derby at the Magic Weekend.
"Wigan pride themselves on being ruthless and obviously they've seen a wounded animal tonight and jumped on the back of it," Radford said.
"We're in a rut. You can see they are all struggling. It doesn't get any worse than what I've witnessed in the last 160 minutes so we can only go one way.
"We will come together Monday and focus on Hull KR and the Magic Weekend and see where that goes."
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|7||Salford Red Devils||0||0|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington vs Salford|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
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