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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).