Amanda Wilkinson on Wigan Women’s 16-6 victory against St Helens Women
Tries from Wilson (2), Harrison and Greenfield for Wigan
- Wilkinson says her team’s defence is what won them the match
Amanda Wilkinson was more than happy after her Women’s side took the bragging rights in their first ever derby with St Helens, with three unanswered second half tries secured the win for Wigan.
The Warriors trailed 6-4 at half time, but Georgia Wilson, Sarah Harrison and Becky Greenfield all crossed for tries in the second forty to get Wigan the result.
On the performance, Wilkinson said: “The first half was a bit of a repeat of the games against Leeds and Castleford, where we just played dumb. We handed it on a plate to the opposition, so the half time talk was short and sweet. It was just a clear message that we needed to play with a lot more composure, put our heads up and play smart, otherwise we were just going to gift St Helens the game.
“The second half was much better. Saints were up for it, just like ourselves, it was a big derby for both sides. Defensively we were in their faces, Sarah, our number seven was great and putting pressure on them, so she got our player of the match.
“Full credit to our defence that we didn’t give them any space. We played tough and I think that is what can win you these games, so I’m more than happy with that.”
On getting a big two points, the head coach said: “It was a lot more than just getting the win for us today. I felt that having won, lost and drawn so far, it was important to get the result to be in with a chance of being at the top end of that table, which is where I feel that we fit. We needed that win today, we can’t keep saying that we’ve got to play better, we have got to play better and today we showed in that second half that if we play well, we will get the points.”
Wilkinson had the boost of her number 9 being back in the side, on the decision to put her in the squad, she said: “Charlotte Foley, a Wigan girl who has come from St Pats, she’s just come back from an injury which she picked up in the pre-season game. It was fantastic to have her back today, we didn’t give her a full game as she’s still not quite there with match fitness but for me the timing, against Wigan’s rivals, it made so much sense to get her out there.
“She’s got so much passion and it meant a lot to her and she performed well. She got more time on the field than we originally anticipated, but she stepped up and had a great game.”