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“First time I’ve ever said that!” England boss makes man of the match call

Shaun Wane UK trains SWpix Credit: Alamy

New England appointee George Williams scored a hat-trick to claim the man of the match award in a 6–0 win over France in Warrington.

The Warrington full-back scored a hat-trick as well as four assists at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

But his head coach, with whom he has a great relationship, disagreed with the call-up of the man of the match, saying he would hand it over to one of the wingers. mine.

Wane, a no-nonsense front rower in his playing days, heaped praise on his newly debuted wingers Matty Ashton and Ash Handley after the game.

Wane laughed and said: “He (George) is very good. I don’t think he deserves to be the man of the match, he’s won enough already!

“I think one of the wingers deserves it, I think it’s the first time I’ve said it in my life! I think Matty is great.

“But with George this week, the way he speaks, the way he grows to become a man and a leader like him… Sometimes I’m pretty shocked that I had him when he was a kid. child, he is mute and cannot speak. It’s great to see him grow into a real good professional.”

Shaun Wane praises first winger

Leeds‘ Handley and Warrington’s Ashton both made their England debuts and received rave reviews from Wane after the game.

When asked about hat-trick hero Handley, Wane replied: “I think he and Matty Ashton are very good.

“Matty Ashton made some of our shots in the early part of the game when it was quite difficult. Both of our wingers are excellent.

“I really like Ash, the way he talks in meetings, he’s a really good leader. Leeds has a good player there in Ash Handley and I’m really impressed with him. He played brilliantly today, both wingers.”

Others have impressed the boss

Wane said he was really pleased with his team’s professional performance against France, and he was asked about a number of individuals during the post-match press conference.

Regarding the Wigan trio Jake Wardle, Toby King and Harry Smith, Wane said: “Jake is a good player. I think he and Toby both play well in the center, they hold the ball well but I think both can improve, no doubt. Both can get better at everything.

“I think Harry could have done a lot better, I think he did some really good things but I know Harry and his abilities. He can do more, no question. I think it was a good debut.

Of Hull KR coach Jez Litten, Wane said: “I think Jez is great. I’m really pleased with what our bench has done.

“One thing you need with the bench is lift and we definitely got that with our bench. Tyler (Dupree) is good, he runs really hard, Jimmy Harrison is good too, he’s a great player. I was really impressed.

“I think our bench lifted us up when they came on. I was really impressed with their behavior this week with the way they have been trained. They always arrive early to every meeting, they show respect to the hotel.

“I am really happy. There’s some work to do but they’ve delivered what we’ve been practicing this week. It really stands out.

“I am a very proud Briton and to debut 13 young players – it is a credit to the Super League clubs, the presidents, executives and youth leaders, who gave these players a chance and we are seeing the benefits of that today.”

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