Paid the Price

Paid the Price

  • Liam Farrell says Wigan paid the price for poor defence in loss to Leeds

  • Second-row forward says Warriors have a lot to work on

  • Wigan go down 32-16 to Leeds at Headingley

Liam Farrell said Wigan paid the price for their defensive errors after they went down to defeat 32-16 at Leeds.

The Warriors conceded six tries at Headingley as they lost out to the Rhinos in their first game of the Super 8s.

Speaking after the game, Farrell said: “We know that Leeds have got that type of game in them and it was all about us trying to stop it but we put ourselves under that much pressure, missing tackles, one offload leads to two and a quick ruck didn’t help as well. We were way-off defensively and you just can’t afford to do that here against Leeds.”

Wigan turned around all square at 10-10 but Farrell said they didn’t even deserve that.

“It was 10-all at half-time and we definitely didn’t deserve that and the second half just got worse.

“We fluked two tries, Leeds were much more clinical than us. We knew we’d given ourselves a chance but then we came out and played ten times worse than we did in the first.

“I’d say there’s a few things to fix up but there’s a lot there to look at, we’ve got to be a lot better and we’ve not got a mountain to climb if we’re going to make that top four.”

The Warriors took to the field five days after an absorbing semi final win over Salford but Farrell, who returned after a month out with a knee injury, said it was their attitude that wasn’t right:

“We always try to turn up and do a job, we like to have that attitude but we didn’t do that today. The attitude wasn’t right in defensive and that’s what caused us all of those problems, if we play badly and our attack is off then we can handle that but if we don’t play well in defence then it’s a soft mentality from us.”

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