“Wounded” & “mad” Shaun Wane says “small details” and “composure” let England down but has defiant message moving forward

Following their heartbreaking Rugby League World Cup semi-final defeat to Samoa today, England’s players have been left “disappointed” and coach Shaun Wane described himself as “wounded” and “mad.”

When asked about what went wrong during their 27-26 golden point defeat, the former Wigan Warriors boss said England weren’t good enough: “Not good enough, they were the better team. All credit to my players and what we’ve done in this tournament.

“It’s been outstanding but we just didn’t do those small details today.”

He said that his side’s composure let them down but conceded that Samoa were the better team: “Yeah composure, they had better composure. They were the best team. I’ll have a good look at what I’ve done this week just not good enough.”

“Composure” was the big word for the England boss.

He again referenced this as he suggested that his side went away from the things they do well: “We needed a bit more composure and do things what work for us because we went away from it but that’s down to me and the staff so the first people we’ll look at is ourselves.”

Ultimately, despite the disappointment he was no doubt feeling, Wane defiantly said he believed they would be back in this position again: “We have a fantastic group of players, we’ll be in this position again.”

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