Wigan Warriors forward Taulima Tautai on the Easter period
Australian says Wigan knew it would be a mental test but challenged themselves to win both games
- Tautai says he asked Shaun Wane if he could start on Easter Monday at Wakefield
Taulima Tautai says the Easter period is always a mental test but one that Warriors have done well with again so far this year.
Wigan backed up their Good Friday win over St Helens with a hard-fought win against Wakefield on Easter Monday, a late Liam Marshall try secured the victory after earlier efforts from Sean O’Loughlin and Morgan Escaré.
The Warriors will now rest up ahead of the second Family Fun Sunday game of the season when they host Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking after the Wakefield victory, Tautai said: “It was always going to be a tough game, especially after the two-day turnaround.
“We spoke in the week about the game being hard mentally but we targeted nothing less than the four points this weekend.
“We knew it was going to be hard to take the win from Wakefield but to finish with four points over Easter is good.
“I think there’s a lot of stuff that we can take away from the game to improve on but we have another mental test this week because we need to back up our last two wins up on Sunday against Catalans.”
Tautai is well-known for being an explosive player coming off the bench for the Warriors, he made a rare start for Wigan, only his 7th in 71 games and said he actually asked Shaun Wane if he could be on from the beginning.
“I actually asked Waney if I could start this week. Frankie (Nuuausala), Benny (Flower) and Lockers (Sean O’Loughlin) are starting week-in, week-out and it’s not easy for them.
“They’re the boys (the forwards) who kind of decide how the game goes so I thought I would put my hand up and give them a bit of help. I wanted to help Frankie too because this is his first two-game Easter weekend here too.”
Wigan host Catalans at the DW Stadium on Sunday for the second Family Fun Sunday of the year. Tickets start from £22 for adults, £16 for concessions and £10 for Juniors with Under-5s FREE. An all-inclusive family package is also available, for full details CLICK HERE.
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