Wigan Warriors: Shaun Wane says Widnes draw feels like loss

Joel Tomkins
Joel Tomkins (left) scored the opening try of the 2015 Super League season

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane said the 22-22 draw in the 2015 Super League opener at Widnes felt like a loss.

Leading 16-0 and 22-12, as well as having a man advantage because of Patrick Ah Van's red card, the Warriors conceded late on to throw away victory.

"It definitely feels like a loss," Wane told BBC Radio Manchester.

"The way we gave the game up to Widnes and we didn't finish our try-scoring opportunities is disappointing - we need to be better at that."

The 50-year-old, whose side lost last season's Grand Final to St Helens, added: "We had it won and did some really, really good things, but we weren't consistent enough."

Wigan's opening day struggles
In the last 14 years, Wigan have only won four times on the opening day of the season, losing eight and drawing twice

Wigan were leading 10-0 thanks to tries from Joel Tomkins and Anthony Gelling, before Widnes were reduced to 12 men.

Gelling went over for a second time and Joe Burgess grabbed his first try of the season, but the Vikings snatched a point thanks to late tries from Cameron Phelps and Chris Dean.

After the game, Wane was also concerned with the condition of winger Josh Charnley, who was the recipient of Ah Van's swinging arm that saw him sent off.

"Josh is badly concussed, he's not in a good way - he doesn't remember any of the game," he added.

"Unfortunately because of that we ended up reshuffling our backline and defensively we were a bit poor.

"We did create some good opportunities but we just didn't convert them."

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