Wane unsure on severity of McIlorum injury
Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane says it is too early to determine the extent of an injury sustained by Michael McIlorum in Saturday's heavy World Club Series defeat to Brisbane Broncos.
The Warriors failed to gain revenge for last season's 14-12 golden point loss as they were routed 42-12 at the DW Stadium, as NRL teams took a 2-0 lead following Sydney Roosters battering of St Helens on Friday.
More worrying for Wigan was the loss of hooker McIlorum, who sustained a suspected broken ankle after falling awkwardly during a challenge with Anthony Milford and team-mate Ben Flower before being carried off on a stretcher to warm applause.
McIlorum has gone to hospital for a scan on the injury, but Wane is unsure how much action he could miss.
"Micky has gone to Manchester, it's a bad one I think," he said. "We'll have a look at it later on, it's too early to assess him.
"We took him straight to the hospital, he's gone with professor Chris Brookes [club doctor] so we've got a good guy looking after him but it's not good."
Wane, who also confirmed Willie Isa and Matty Smith will have knee injuries assessed, refused to use McIlorum's injury as an excuse and conceded Saints were beaten by a better side.
"We just got beaten by the better team, I thought we defended in our system for periods, as soon as we didn't then they burned us with too many big athletes and we couldn't handle it," he added.
"Brisbane are a good team and they showed their class, we were beaten up by a really good team.
"I need to improve my team so they can challenge Brisbane when they come here, regardless of the salary cap and injuries.
"I just want to be coaching in these games where we're challenging the likes of Brisbane."