Wane pleased as Wigan gain revenge

Brett Finch caught the eye with a brace of tries in Wigan's 54-12 victory over Widnes

Brett Finch caught the eye with a brace of tries in Wigan's 54-12 victory over Widnes

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane admitted revenge was sweet after watching his table-topping side put bottom club Widnes to the sword.

The Warriors ran in 10 tries, three of them from winger Josh Charnley, in a 54-12 rout at the DW Stadium to avenge their shock 37-36 defeat at the Stobart Stadium in March. With skipper Sean O'Loughlin slotting effortlessly into the halves to offset the loss of scrum-half Thomas Leuluai with a broken leg, the Warriors resembled a well-oiled machine.

Charnley finished with a 26-point haul to take over as Super League's leading scorer for 2012 while stand-off Brett Finch also caught the eye with a brace of tries, and Wane said: "We were desperate to win that one. It wasn't as convincing as I wanted it to be but Widnes have got some good players."

Wane added: "It was a scratchy performance. We were not at our best but when you consider what we've been through the last few weeks, I'm fairly happy.

"We lost a couple of major members of our first-team squad and, having a week off, I knew we wouldn't be at our absolute best. At the end of the day we scored 50 points at home so I'd say it was okay."

Charnley took the individual honours but Wane singled out hooker Michael McIlorum for his outstanding display.

"Josh did well," Wane said. "He's been doing that for me for years. He's a great asset to the club, an outstanding player. But the outstanding player for me was Micky Mac. I thought he was ruthless and his pass selection from dummy half was brilliant."

Widnes never recovered from conceding three tries in the first 13 minutes, although they managed to score tries through former Wigan prop Ben Cross and stand-off Joe Mellor, who is on loan from the Warriors.

"We talked about the start and knew they would come after us," said Vikings coach Denis Betts. "We gave a penalty away in the first set and put ourselves on the back foot. That was our worst fear.

"I'm massively disappointed. We defended well in patches but there were some real poor individual errors, some embarrassing one-on-one stuff. There was loads of endeavour and lots of effort but some poor quality."


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