Wigan head coach Shaun Wane said he was embarrassed by his sides performance in their 38-20 defeat to Castleford yesterday.
Led out by the legends of the club’s 1987 World Club Challenge victory, the Warriors wore replica shirts of that famous day against Manly but produced a woeful first half performance and were unable to recover.
“I’m disappointed for them and embarrassed that they (the legends) saw that today,” said Wane. “The crowd was fantastic, the atmosphere was great and that just makes me even more fed up.”
Despite missing captain Sean O’Loughlin through injury, Wigan were expected to beat the table-toppers who were without their playmaker Luke Gale.
However Gale’s deputy, 18-year-old half-back Jake Trueman, scored a first half hat-trick as the Tigers eventually eased to a 38-20 victory at the DW Stadium.
The defeat means Wigan must beat Wakefield next weekend and hope that St Helens or Hull get beat, otherwise they will miss out on the play-offs.
Wane added: “We’ve done this. We’ve got ourselves into this. All we can control is what we do this week. We’ll start early tomorrow and go through video. It’s disappointing that we’re needing help.”