Rugby League - Wigan win Wane praise

Wigan coach Shaun Wane was thrilled with the character shown by his side as they fought out a 17-17 draw with Super League title favourites Warrington at the DW Stadium.

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Rugby League - Wigan win Wane praise

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Shaun Wane admitted his side were disappointed not to record a victory over Warrington

The Wolves, for whom Joel Monaghan crossed twice and added another through Richie Myler, did the double over Wane's men last season and they enjoyed a glut of possession to test the resolve of the youthful home side, who had tries courtesy of Josh Charnley, Ben Flower and Liam Farrell.

"It was a good effort from our players," Wane said.

"To have to defend so many sets on our line, we showed some geat character.

"I'm a little frustrated because I thought we could have done better but the courage and guts we showed in our defence was outstanding. We were nowhere near our best - we put ourselves under pressure with the penalty count - but overall I'm fairly pleased with that.

"It was a really big game and in the past we've not been performing in big games. It will send a signal out to other teams. The pleasing thing for me is that it's a quiet dressing room, they are all disappointed with the result."

Wigan led 17-16 with three minutes to go but Warrington's veteran stand-off Lee Briers landed the 68th drop goal of his Super League career to earn his side a share of the spoils.

The Wolves twice held the lead but coach Tony Smith could take some encouragement from his side's performance.

"There's such long way to go," he said. "I'm not going to go home and kick the dog. There are mixed emotions. We're not punching the air but it was pleasing that we found a way not to lose it once we went behind.

"I don't think we controlled the game as much as we needed to. I thought they were better than us in the first half, they out-enthused us, but in the second half we showed a bit more control for patches of the game. The skill level was not particularly high but it was tense and the crowd played a part in that."

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