Glad in The Gong

Glad in The Gong

  • Liam Marshall says Wollongong was a brilliant place to hold a Super League game

  • Number 22 scores a brace against Hull at the WIN Stadium, Wollongong

  • Wigan win first ever Super League match outside of UK

Liam Marshall scored two first half tries as Wigan beat Hull 24-10 at the WIN Stadium, Wollongong and says the sunsoaked NSW spot was the perfect place to hold the first Super League game outside of Europe.

“It’s lovely in Wollongong,” he said.

“All the people in the town are very friendly, and there’s a lot going on. It’s really nice and a brilliant place to have held this game.”

On his first time being in Australia, Marshall said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever been to Australia, and my first time over here with the team. It’s been really good, and I’ve enjoyed it.”

Despite being in beautiful surroundings the Wigan flyer said Wigan tried to remained focus during the week and concentrate on the game.

“The sun and the beach are brilliant but obviously we’re here to do a job and they (the coaching staff) tried to bed that into us in the first couple of days. We’ve got lovely weather and nice surroundings but we need to focus and I think we did, we had some good sessions at the beginning of the week and I think it showed in the game.”

Wigan took home the Kenny Sterling Shield

The 21-year old had a great start to the game, as Wigan utilised the left edge, allowing him to go over for two tries. On the game: “Some of the plays leading up to the tries were quality. It would’ve been nice to get my hattrick but it’s just important that we got the win.

“In the back of your mind when it goes to 10-10 there’s always that chance that they could come back. We were just disappointed with the manner in which they scored their tries, we let them back into the game with silly penalties and errors but when we stuck to completing our sets and kicking long, I think we outlasted them. They looked fatigued before us and we put them away.

He added: “We should maybe have scored more tries, we could’ve put the game to bed in the first half. They got to the ball a lot, a few interceptions, probably on another day it could’ve been more points, but it was good to get the win.”

Wigan now move on to a game against South Sydney Rabbitohs at the ANZ Stadium.

Marshall hopes that his efforts against Hull will be enough for him to get a game on Saturday: “I’m looking forward to it, hopefully I’ll get a game there, it’ll be massive for me to play in that incredible stadium and also to challenge ourselves against the Aussies. That’s what we want, we want to be playing the best every week and it should be a big test for us.”

Wigan face South Sydney Rabbitohs and Hull FC face St George Illawarra Dragons in the International Double Header at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 17 February. Tickets can be purchased online HERE.

The Wigan Warriors and Hull F.C games in Wollongong and Sydney have been secured exclusively by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in partnership with Destination Wollongong.

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