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Wane backs Wigan response

Wigan coach Shaun Wane was delighted with the way his side bounced back to winning ways in the First Utility Super League - although he was confident that was always going to be the case.

The Warriors responded in sensational style following their Tetley's Challenge Cup exit at the hands of Castleford last weekend by thrashing the same opponents 46-6 on Friday night.

Dominic Manfredi and Joe Burgess both helped themselves to a brace of tries as the Super League champions ran in eight tries to one, while Matty Smith had a great night with the boot as he kicked seven from eight.

"I knew we would bounce back," Wane said. "We don't normally come up with regular poor performances. I knew the players were hurting and they didn't like seeing my face like it was the past week. I don't think they could stand another week like that.

"I seriously mean that, they will have been sick of me moaning at them. They have done exactly what we needed to do and we come up with some outstanding tries."

Wigan's injury problems are not getting any easier as they lost Gil Dudson on the morning of the game, George Williams in the warm-up and Matty Bowen and Ryan Hampshire during the match.

Wane added: "Losing Gil Dudson this morning then George in the warm-up and then Mango (Bowen) and Rocky (Hampshire) meant we had some adversity there and we still performed well.

"Gil had an inner ear infection, he woke up and felt dizzy and it was too risky to put him out there. George tweaked his hamstring in the warm-up, Mango did the same in the game and Rocky has done his shoulder."

Castleford coach Daryl Powell refused to be too hard on his team despite the one-sided scoreline and admitted he thought his team were actually unlucky.

He said: "I thought we were pretty unlucky tonight in lots of ways. Wigan came at us with a lot of intent and some of the things they did we didn't handle real well.

"Wigan ramped up physically and they were better than us tonight with the ball, but I do think we were a little bit better than the scoreline suggested.

"We worked really hard but made too many errors which is disappointing, but sometimes you have to cop a defeat on the chin and tonight is one of those nights."