Need to Adapt

Need to Adapt

  • Wigan Warriors half-back, George Williams, on Wigan’s 16-16 draw against Huddersfield Giants

  • England international says Wigan need to adapt to losing players through injury

  • “Losing the two men didn’t help us but we’re not going to use it as an excuse” George Williams

George Williams says Wigan will not use losing players through injury as an excuse following their 16-16 draw with Huddersfield Giants.

The Warriors lost skipper Sean O’Loughlin (calf) and back-rower Jack Wells (ankle) in the eighth minute of the game meaning Wigan only had two subs for the remaining 72 minutes.

Despite that, Williams is adamant that the team will not use it as an excuse for not coming away with the two points.

“Losing the two men didn’t help us but we’re not going to use it as an excuse.” Williams said.

“We lost our captain Lockers [Sean O’Loughlin] who is a great leader for us and a young hard working lad in Jack Wells but we still could have still won the game.

“Losing players can happen in big games like a final so we just have to adapt to those situations.

“I think it was a bit of a disappointing performance from us. We didn’t play how we intended to and we scraped a draw but we need to improve on the back of this game.”

Huddersfield scored first through Lee Gaskell but Morgan Escaré then levelled the score. The Giants took the lead once more but Tom Davies brought Wigan back in the game on his debut. Danny Brough kicked a penalty goal and the Giants were 14-10 up at the interval.

Wigan’s Anthony Gelling made the score 14-14 before Brough added another penalty goal. Escaré snatched a point for Wigan late on with a penalty goal of his own meaning the game finish 16-16.

Speaking to, Williams said: “We could have played a lot better.

“It probably wasn’t a nice game to watch for the fans either because it was very scrappy but a draw was probably a fair result for both teams.

“Tommy (Leuluai) and I took a bit of responsibility and were a bit erratic in the last 15 minutes but maybe should have just chilled the boys out and we may have won but it wasn’t to be and we will go back to the drawing board now.

Finally, on debutant Tom Davies, Williams added: “I thought he did well on debut. It’s always good to see a Wigan lad make his debut and he scored as well which makes it more memorable for him.”

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