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Shaun Wane praised his Wigan Warriors’ defence after the side booked their place in Super League Grand Final with a 22-12 win against Leeds Rhinos but he can see room for improvement ahead of Warrington clash next Saturday.
The Warriors joined the Wolves in the final at Old Trafford at the expense of reigning champions Leeds in the second semi-final at the DW Stadium on Friday night.
They were ahead at half-time thanks to Iain Thornley’s try but the Rhinos charged back into the contest when Carl Ablett levelled just after the break.
But second-half tries from Liam Farrell, Darrell Goulding and Josh Charnley pulled Wigan clear, before Leeds secured a consolation through Liam Sutcliffe.
Wane revealed afterwards that he did not think his Wigan side played to their full potential so he is looking for the players to move up a gear before they face Warrington in seven days’ time.
He said: “We need to improve. I don’t think the week off did us any good – we were a bit underdone – but it was a tough arm wrestle tonight and it has put us in good spirits for next week.
“It was a gritty performance, which is what you need in a semi-final. I thought we defended tough. Leeds are a good team, they can play. But we concentrated in defence and we completed 100% in the second half, which is a great effort.
“There is still a lot of work to be done. Warrington are a great team but there are areas where we can improve.”