Some halves as a coach make you happy and others make you rather angry, and in the case of Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane, he felt there was only one option for him at half-time – to deliver some harsh words to his players, as they went into the break against the Wakefield Wildcats behind.
It was two late tries that did the trick for the Warriors, as they secured their 10th straight win despite trailing until late on in the game.
“I knew that they'd made quite a few changes, and that some of their players would be quite fatigued, and we got them in the second half, but the fact we waited that long was disappointing,” Wane said.
“We fell off the pace of the game after our start, and we weren't consistent enough. In the second-half we had a bit of a run and we scored tries, and that's what we do. If we have possession then we can score tries.
“I told the players exactly what I thought of them at the break, and I got the response I desired from them. You have to credit Wakefield though – they did a job and slowed the play-the-ball down, which they were allowed to do.
“You're never going to have a Tramadol 50mg perfect performance, and today was certainly one of those days. We were a little bit off; we had to make a few changes ourselves which affected our team as well as theirs.”
With several players injured and missing some troops, Wakefield coach praised the spirited effort of his players and admits that the injuries cost them during the last few energy-sapping minutes.
“Undoubtedly we're disappointed we didn't come through and get the victory but I don't think we could have asked for much more from the players in terms of effort and commitment today,” Agar said.
“I think energy probably got us in the end; we had four substitutions thrust upon us. We've had three or four guys who were short of fitness and we had to rely on them for a lot more game time than what they could do.
“Sometimes things like that will happen, and it's about keeping your nerve in those situations. The last game-and-a-half that we've played before today has been disappointing, and left us head scratching.
“We knew we had plenty of injuries and it threw our preparation into disarray, and we knew we wouldn't be as fluent with ball in hand, but we did really well, and I just thought we energy got us in the end.”