Wane sees Warriors hit form in time for Saints clash

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane thought his side put in their best performance of the season against Huddersfield but is still demanding more.

The Warriors prepared for their top-of-the-table clash with St Helens on Good Friday by running in nine tries in a 48-10 success, with Tom Davies and Joe Burgess scoring two apiece.

Wane said: “Good performance – we won’t be celebrating too much because (Huddersfield) were busted, they have a few injuries and they can play a lot better than that and they will do when they get some players back.

“It was a professional performance, I think we completed at 100 per cent in the second half and that shows good mentality and signs of building pressure. I asked the players to have a ruthless attitude and they did that.”

When asked was it the best performance of the season he added: “Yeah, it was. I’m not too stressed about their two tries.

“We are not getting too excited, we need to be a lot better on Friday but so do St Helens. It is game on for Friday now.”

Huddersfield coach Rick Stone admits his side are lacking belief at the moment.

Davies’ two tries came early on, either side of Jermaine McGillvary’s score for Huddersfield, and Oliver Gildart, Burgess and John Bateman made it 28-4 at half-time.

George Williams, Ryan Sutton and Willie Isa extended the lead and though Ryan Hinchcliffe pulled a try back, Burgess had the final say.

Sam Tomkins added five goals and Morgan Escare another while the Giants, who have won just two games all season also lost McGillvary, Sam Wood and Dale Ferguson to leg injuries as they head into the busy Easter period.

Stone said: “We have a long way to go. Getting bodies will help, so will a little bit of belief at the moment because we are definitely down on confidence. We are not playing with the same spirit I know we can play with.

“It is frustrating and disappointing, but there is only one way of getting out of it and that is getting some bodies, working hard, believing in yourself and sticking together. If we do that we will give ourselves a chance.”

The injuries to McGillvary, Wood and Ferguson could see them join Oliver Roberts, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Tom Symonds, Jake Mamo and Leroy Cudjoe on their lengthy injury list.

“We will check those boys out in the next couple of days, if we need some scans we’ll get them done and hopefully a little bit more information in the next 48 to 72 hours,” said Stone, whose side played most of the second half with just one substitute available.

“It was disappointing, the second half was a bit of a different game because we had a number of injuries to key positions. We had to reshuffle the team significantly, for all the problems we had in the second half I was happy with the effort.”

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