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Wane demands more for Cronulla clash

Press Association logoPress Association 11/02/2017 Ian Laybourn

Wigan coach Shaun Wane was happy enough with his side's 26-16 win over Salford in their Super League opener but accepts they will need to be better against Cronulla in next Sunday's World Club Challenge.

The champions had the game wrapped up by halftime when they led 26-0 with two tries from centre Oliver Gildart and others from Joe Burgess, George Williams and Joel Tomkins, plus three goals from debutant fullback Morgan Escare.

"It was a good win but we've lots to work on," Wane, who was part of the Wigan side which beat Manly to win the 1987 World Club Challenge, said. "We'll review it and get down to some hard work for next week.

"It was hard to concentrate on this game when we've got the World Club Challenge next week. That means a lot to our town and I'll be getting some players in from 30 years ago to talk to them.

"We will need to be a lot better and will be."

Wane, who says England second rower John Bateman will be fit for the Cronulla match after sitting out Saturday's game with a back spasm, was delighted with the return of prop forward Tony Clubb from a nine-month lay-off with a neck injury.

"He was outstanding," Wane said. "Having a big body like him back is a big one for us, so I was pleased to see him out there."

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