Wane hails his winners
Wigan coach Shaun Wane was delighted with his side's wet-weather rugby as they moved to within 80 minutes of the Super League Grand Final with a 22-8 win in their qualifying play-off at Huddersfield.
The table-topping Giants made a dream start, leading 6-0 after four minutes thanks to a solo try from Danny Brough, but they struggled to cope with the slippery ball and were eventually overrun by their slicker opponents.
"I thought it was a great performance," Wane said. "We defended tough and came up with a really good conservative game.
"I thought we completed the sets that were really important. We still made errors but our completion rate was good in those conditions.
"We showed in the first half that, when we kept hold of the ball, we could score."
England winger Josh Charnley scored two of the Warriors' three tries to become the first Super League player to top 40 tries in the summer era as the Challenge Cup winners cast aside their worrying league form to keep alive their hopes of completing the elusive double.
"We're not getting carried away," Wane added. "It was a good win against worthy league leaders but we've still got two games to play."
Stand-off Blake Green scored Wigan's other try and Pat Richards kicked immaculately in the difficult conditions to land four goals from four attempts, with Matty Smith adding two drop goals.
Wane singled out Richards for praise and was also delighted with the contribution of hooker Michael McIlorum, who played the full 80 minutes.
"We kept sending messages on but he said he was good to carry on," Wane said. "He showed his desire, he's really competitive."
While Wigan now have a week off, Huddersfield will be back in action next Thursday at the John Smith's Stadium, where they will they meet the lowest-ranked winner of this weekend's sudden-death play-offs in a semi-final eliminator.
The Giants finished their league campaign with eight wins out of 10 to claim the leaders shield for the first time in 81 years but they have now won just two of 10 play-off ties and coach Paul Anderson cannot wait to get put the record straight.
"It was the worst performance we've had for a long time," he said. "The Giants 2013 is not about one-out rugby.
"They asked more questions than we did. We took one or two short cuts and didn't show a great deal of honesty at times.
"We weren't great but that's out of our system so let's move on."
Anderson had rested 13 of his players for their final game of the regular season at Bradford and admitted his side lacked the necessary intensity.
"You could see Wigan were a bit more battle-hardened," he said. "We couldn't win a tackle. They were rolling through us at times.
"It showed we needed a game. Whether it was the right decision to rest the players last week only time will tell."
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