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Wigan response pleases Wane

Shaun Wane was delighted with the way Wigan bounced back from their World Club Challenge defeat after they saw off Wakefield 46-24.

Wane's re-shuffled side, containing just nine players from the team that went down in Sydney, ran in nine tries to four against the Wildcats, with skipper Sean O'Loughlin leading the way with a brace.

Wigan lost their season-opener to Huddersfield Giants and after going down to the Sydney Roosters last weekend Wane was eager to return to winning ways.

"It was always going to be a tricky one for us," he said. "We haven't spent much time on the field this week and I just wanted a win.

"We weren't at our best but we got the two points so I'm very happy, especially with all the disruption and the changes I made. It was a good day's work.

"Lockers was desperate to play and he was outstanding. I thought John Bateman was our best player by the far, he's going to be good for us."

Bateman and winger Dom Manfredi both scored their first tries for Wigan while 19-year-old Joe Burgess, the only outside back to keep his place from Sydney, provided the highlight with a glorious long-range solo score.

"It's good for the club that all these kids coming through and getting some game time," Wane added.

Wakefield, who scored long-range tries through wingers Reece Lyne and Peter Fox, are still looking for their first win of the campaign but coach Richard Agar was not downhearted by the result

He was forced to play Lucas Walshaw, a one-time centre, in the front row in the absence of three specialist props through injury and gave debuts to teenagers Luke Briscoe and Jordan Crowther, who became the youngest forward to play in the club's history just 11 days after turning 17.

"It was great to give Jordy an opportunity," Agar said. "We've a lot of confidence in that kid, I think he will turn into a good player for us.

"It was a tough day for us. I thought Wigan were just too strong for us at times. At times it was men against boys and we need to learn to be a little bit tougher for a bit longer.

"I'm not going to dwell too much on today. We had an incredibly inexperienced middle. We knew we were doing it light and it showed unfortunately.

"I thought we had a number of individuals who tried their hardest. With a limited amount of football I thought we looked a threat. I've seen enough signs to know we were going to get better."