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Shock news over the weekend that coach Shaun Wane is resigning at the end of the season. Comes as a big surprise to me, especially on the back of our convincing win over Warrington at the Magic Weekend (worth catching if you can see it). Criticised by many, but I will be sorry to see him him go, and he leaves big boots to fill.
Has he had on offer ?
 

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Has he had on offer ?
No-one knows. He's staying till the end of this season anyway. And I think it's shown this year that whatever faults he may have, the team are right behind him, and they would (and do) run through walls for him. Currently we are playing good footy; defence is excellent, and attack, which has been the issue in recent times, is much improved. Once again on Saturday we nilled a side in the second half, scoring 22 points without reply, which says plenty about our stamina and commitment.

So now the question is, who will the next coach be. There have been one or two suggestions from the NRL: Neil Henry? Jason Demetriou? Wayne Bennett even? I'd love to see someone like Adrian Lam myself.
 
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A field goal with 15 seconds to go from local rookie half Josh Woods, playing because of George Williams' injury, saw us home against a strong Warrington side to maintain our unbeaten home record. Two home games to go, including the big derby against Saints!
 

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A great result for us last night with a comprehensive win over Saints at their place; seeing Wigan lad Ollie Gildart leaving Ben Barba clutching air as he touched down right in front of me was sweet indeed. We are pretty much guaranteed a home semifinal now, and can look forwards with confidence, especially having beaten Saints without Sam Tomkins.
 
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A great result for us last night with a comprehensive win over Saints at their place; seeing Wigan lad Ollie Gildart leaving Ben Barba clutching air as he touched down right in front of me was sweet indeed. We are pretty much guaranteed a home semifinal now, and can look forwards with confidence, especially having beaten Saints without Sam Tomkins.
Barba will enjoy being back in NQ next year.
 

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I'm sure he will; no-one ever expected him to be in SL for more than one season, but my focus is on my own team.
 

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Just watching the game back on TV now, and seeing it again, it really is a very good performance, and I would recommend it to you guys if you have access to it, and I wouldn't say that about every SL game.
 

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Back in the side this weekend, after a career-threatening injury two years ago, and with one unsuccessful return already attempted last year, winger Dom Manfredi was at last back in the action. And his return couldn't have gone better, when he showed all his old form to snatch two wonderful opportunistic tries to seal five out of five in the play-offs and virtually assure Wigan of a home tie against Castleford in the semi-final.
 

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Wigan Warriors have been hit with a two-point deduction for breaching the salary cap in 2017. An independent tribunal punished Wigan for six separate payments, totalling $27,000 AUD, which were not declared to the Rugby Football League (RFL).

Wigan were charged late last year and the RFL on Wednesday night revealed that the club will start the new season in the red, although they do have the right to appeal against the decision. Wigan start the defence of their Super League title with a trip to fierce rival St Helens on Friday (AEDT).
 

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Wigan Warriors prop forward Taulima Tautai, 31, failed a roadside breath test early on 26 May, Wigan Magistrates Court heard. Australian-born Tautai has been left out of the Warriors' squad for the game at Leeds Rhinos on Friday. Two other Wigan players have failed breath tests in the past eight months.

The forward, who joined the club in 2014, failed the breath test hours after he played against Warrington Wolves.
 

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Wigan fans have been hoping to get shot of him for ages. Perhaps this is the chance!
 
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Adrian Lam will remain as Wigan Warriors head coach in 2020 after signing a one-year contract extension.
 

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Wigan Warriors have signed versatile Parramatta Eels back Bevan French until the end of the 2021 season.
 

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Been in the air for a while, this one. Bit surprised it's happened, but welcome news at any rate, Can't help wondering whether this means they want to get rid of Zak Hardaker, though. Unless the intention is to play French in the halves, but he hasn't done that in first-grade as far as I know.
 

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And not only that, George Burgess too!

This is great news for the club, and a real statement of intent.
 

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I'm sure he will. Mind you, our last 'big' prop signing, F-PN, was pretty dismal. But then, I never thought he'd be all that. Much more optimistic about Georgey boy!
 
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Wigan (12) 36
Tries: Farrell 2, Williams, Marshall, Burgess, Clubb Goals: Hardaker 6
Hull KR (12) 18
Tries: Shaw, Crooks, Drinkwater Goals: Shaw 3

Wigan put the pressure on the teams chasing runaway leaders St Helens as they ran in six tries to beat relegation-threatened Hull KR.

Rovers bravely kept pace as tries for George Williams, Liam Marshall and Liam Farrell helped Wigan lead three times, only to be matched by tries for Ryan Shaw, Ben Crooks and Josh Drinkwater.