Lam: Outstanding defence

  • Adrian Lam reacts to Wigan’s Semi Final victory over Hull FC.
  • Lam: “I knew we just weren’t going to be broken through our defensive line.”
  • Full time: Wigan Warriors 29-2 Hull FC.

Head Coach Adrian Lam hailed the defensive efforts of his Wigan Warriors side as they beat Hull FC to reach the 2020 Betfred Super League Grand Final on Thursday night.

The Warriors kept the Black and Whites from putting on a single try in their first game back at the DW Stadium since March to advance to the Grand Final.

The Cherry and Whites will either face St Helens or Catalans Dragons in Hull next Friday.

Speaking to the media in his post match press conference via Zoom, Lam reacted to the result: “I’m just over the moon for the group; the players, the staff and the fans who couldn’t be here with us to share these moments.

Lam speaking to the media via Zoom link.

“As great as it is, it’s hard to celebrate without the atmosphere.

“It’s still as rewarding though. It’s been a really long, hard season, a lot of twists and turns, and to stick together right to the end has been blessing. I’m just really proud of everyone.”

The Papua New Guinean pointed to the defensive efforts as the key difference between the two sides.

“We didn’t start the best, but I thought overall our defence was outstanding tonight.

“I knew we just weren’t going to be broken through our defensive line.

“We could have scored a couple more tries but the composure wasn’t there. 

“I’m just really pleased with the toughness and resilience shown tonight.”

With the absent Sam Powell, Jackson Hastings was selected at hooker. On the decision, Lam said: “I think he is a hooker, even if he was Man of Steel at 7. He’s the ultimate competitor. 

“He was supportive and excited about the idea, it also gave Harry Smith an opportunity, who was great too.”

Lam also explained why hooker Sam Powell was unavailable.

“He’s just working through some family issues which we are supporting him through. It’s been a tough week.” 

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