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Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane spoke of his immense pride after his players overturned a 14-point deficit to come back and beat the Warrington Wolves 30-16 in Saturday’s Super League Grand Final.
After a slow start at Old Trafford, the Warriors were punished when the Wolves ran in three tries in six minutes to give them a huge advantage as the game looked over before half-time. Joel Monaghan, Simon Grix and Ben Westwood all crossed over with Wane’s men stunned.
Westwood was lucky to be on the pitch after he appeared to punch Wigan’s Blake Green, but referee Richard Silverwood missed the incident and Westwood controversially got the four points. Green, despite struggling with vision, produced a man-of-the-match performance to take home the Harry Sunderland trophy.
But 28 unanswered points capped a famous win as the Warriors proved their class despite a poor end to the Super League season. Michael McIlorum, Josh Charnley, Green and Pat Richards all scored tries in the second-half as Wigan stormed to victory at Old Trafford.
“I was expecting a few apologies after how we have been doubted this year,” said Wane. “The players got hammered and told they couldn’t carry on (with their form). I can’t tell you how proud I am. When I got in at half-time, the players were already talking about what they had to fix.
“That’s the mentality they have. I told them the way we played wasn’t us, that we needed to sort our defence out. I admire the players so much, the character and the tough men that they are.”