- Adrian Lam previews Friday’s Round 25 clash with Catalans Dragons.
- Lam: “It’s all about moving the chess pieces. We’ve got to take a couple of things into consideration.”
- Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons, Friday 17th September, 7:45pm K.O. Click HERE for tickets.
Adrian Lam described this week’s game as ‘moving the chess pieces’ as the Warriors prepare for their final game of the regular season.
Wigan take on the newly crowned League Leaders’ Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium (7:45pm K.O.) as they look to seal the last game of the season with a victory on home soil.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday afternoon, head coach Lam, said: “I feel that we have got a lot of the players playing close to their best rugby now and we’ve certainly got our defence system right.
“Two weeks out of three now we’ve held our opposition, at their home ground, to nil. The big games are coming along and it’s a positive sign for us. We’re in a pretty good place, attacking wise we now need to with our performance, just keep working hard on trying to score more points and realistically that’s where we’re at.
“It’s all about moving the chess pieces. We’ve got to take a couple of things into consideration, one is our momentum, two is our confidence, three is a really strong performance in front of our home fans and four is to make sure that we get through with the minimal risk of injury, suspension or fatigue – that’s in regards to this particular week.
“We’re prioritising what is important to us, by doing that it’ll give us the best opportunity to meet a team again in two weeks’ time.”
Addressing his sides recent performances, he said: “We’ve had an issue with the attack purely off the back of no cohesion with so many people being in different positions every week and we haven’t been able to find that combination.
“As a striker, we’re in front but missing the goals at the moment. As long as we keep getting in that position to score points I think things can only get better from that, and that will be the focus in the next couple of weeks moving into the big games.”
Lam was quizzed on the his team selection ahead of game, with both teams having sealed their finishing positions in first and fourth respectively: “It’s a really tricky one, I know that Catalans rested a few players last week as well and like I said when you’ve played 24 games it’s a tough one to make sure we find a good balance between being able to put in a strong performance but also to potentially freshen up players.
“We’re in a situation at the moment where things are in our favour. We’ve worked really hard during the season to get back to where we are and lock in that fourth spot. At Hull, and Castleford away, both were really strong performances and I’m grateful that we got the wins there to lock down fourth spot.”
Lam finished off by discussing this week’s ‘Superhero Round’ which has seen the Warriors offer the chance for Season Ticket Holders to bring a friend for free, as well as two free tickets for key workers.
“Our fans are important to us and with Covid over the last 18 months, it’s been a difficult time where we haven’t had chance to do this enough.
“This week – it’s the key workers that we are acknowledging, there’s the benefit of two free tickets in the North Stand which is the initiative we’ve done as a Club to show how we feel about them and what a great job that they’ve done. We as a team can show our appreciation with a good performance and I’m sure we’ll do that.”
Wigan host Catalans Dragons this Friday, 17th September (7:45pm K.O.), in the final league game of the regular 2021 season. Superhero Round is coming to the DW as it’s a game where all Season Ticket Holders can bring a friend for free and all key workers are eligible for two free tickets each! Click HERE for all the details including information on how to get your tickets.