Well Earned Rest

Well Earned Rest

  • Sean O’Loughlin says Wigan are happy for some downtime ahead of the Huddersfield game

  • Players given a few days off owing to gap between two games

  • Skipper says break has come at a good time as Wigan prepare to face Huddersfield on Sunday

Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin believes a few days off in between the games against Warrington and Huddersfield could not have come at a better time for the Warriors.

Unbeaten so far in 2017, Wigan have ten days between the two games as they return to the DW Stadium to face Rick Stone’s side and Lockers believes it can only be good for the team.

The Warriors returned to training on Wednesday after being given some downtime by the coaching staff and O’Loughlin said: “I think it’s a good time to have this length of time between games.

“We had that great win in the World Club Challenge and have backed it up for the last few weeks now. I think it still takes something out of you though, emotionally and physically, so to get this time off has been really good for us.”

O’Loughlin earned high praise from Shaun Wane last week who said it was the Captain’s ‘best performance for some time’.

On his start to the season, O’Loughlin said: “I feel good, with not being involved in the internationals I had a bit of a longer pre-season than normal, injury-wise I’m all good so I’m just really enjoying my rugby at the moment.”

Wigan rung the changes ahead of the game at Warrington but barely noticed any difference as they ran out convincing 38-16 winners.

Liam Marshall and others have come in and impressed the skipper

“I thought both young wingers (Liam Marshall & Liam Forsyth) came in and did a top job for us,” said O’Loughlin.

“George (Williams) has been in great form and Morgan (Escaré) at the back has been great too. Romain (Navarrete) had a good 15-20 minute stint for us on his debut. I think everyone has done really well and contributed something to the side, especially when you look at who we’ve got to bring back.

“There’s been a few changes, Joel (Tomkins) slotting into the back-row after playing in the middle of late and Willie (Isa) at centre- he hasn’t played there for a while so I think everyone is just cracking on and doing what they need to do to contribute something to the team.

“We took two starters and one sub out (ahead of Warrington) and we didn’t look too out of shape. There’s some quality players that we’ll probably be missing for a few weeks but if the boys coming in are doing a job like that then it’s not too much of a worry.”

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