Suspensions loom for Wigan trio
Despite the prospect of losing three players to suspension, Wigan coach Shaun Wane says the club has the strength to soldier on.
A mass brawl in the second-half of the Warriors' 42-16 victory over St Helens on day two of the Magic Weekend resulted in three players being sent-off by referee Ben Thaler. Wigan's Gareth Hock and Chris Tuson were given their marching orders, while Saints' Shaun Magennis was also dismissed for his role in the fracas. Hock, Tuson and and a third Wigan player, Lee Mossop, will all go before the RFL's disciplinary panel laster this week and each could face a ban of two to three matches. But, while Wane admits that losing the trio would be a blow ahead of this Friday's trip to face Leeds, he insists that the club has the strength in depth to cope with any absences. "Whatever happens, we'll deal with it. The RFL will do the right thing and we'll deal with it," said Wane, who has spoken in defence of second-rower Hock, whose history before the disciplinary panel is chequered at best. "He knows he needs to be better and he has been better while he's been under me. He's no angel, but neither are St Helens and neither are we," he added.