Peet: Professional job

  • Matt Peet praised his side’s professionalism following Wigan Warriors’ victory over Hull KR at the DW Stadium.
  • Peet: “It was a professional job in what was a different sort of challenge for us.”
  • FT | Wigan Warriors 64-6 Hull KR.

Matt Peet praised Wigan Warriors’ professionalism in a 64-6 victory over Hull KR at the DW Stadium.

Providing an update on Morgan Smithies and Cade Cust, Peet said: “Morgan is fine. He failed his HIA so we just had to the right the thing in following the correct protocols. Cade will need to be assessed as we don’t know what it is yet.”

Speaking on the performance, Peet said: “It was a professional job in what was a different sort of challenge for us. It was quite difficult to prepare the group, but the lads said what they wanted to get out the game and how they wanted to play it. It was a pleasing and pretty consistent performance.”

On the attacking display, Peet added: “We scored some fantastic tries and played some entertaining rugby. It wasn’t just the tries, I thought some of the pieces of play that didn’t result in tries showed how great our skill is. All that though came off the back of the effort in defence and people earning the right to play.”

Praising Jake Wardle, who scored the Warriors’ third try of the match, Peet said: “Jake Wardle was outstanding. All of our backline played well but I think Jake goes under the radar in his technical ability as a centre. He can beat people on the inside, the outside, and I just thought his performance was excellent.”

When asked about possibly rotating his side, Peet said: “There was temptation to freshen people up and it was something that we discussed at length, but our players wanted to play and build momentum. Every time you take someone out it can add pressure so the best approach is to start strong, remain as professional as possible, and then we could take players out throughout the game.”

Speaking on Hull KR, Peet said: “I want to pay credit to Hull KR who brought a young squad to fulfil the Reserve fixture. Also the young lads that played the first team match were very spirited, and the lads they brought in on loan were committed to the cause and deserve credit as well.”

Sam Powell came back from injury to start in the Warriors Reserves 74-12 victory over Hull KR earlier in the evening, and speaking on his return, Peet said: “I’m really proud of Sam as he applied himself exactly how we knew he would. We felt it was more important that he got more minutes under his belt playing in that match, and he never once batted an eyelid.”

Looking ahead to the one-week break from Super League action, Peet said: “The lads will be back in on Monday to train until Wednesday, but then they will get a long weekend after that before we are back in to prepare for Hull FC.”

Highlights from the match are available to watch now on Wigan TV HERE.

Friday 04 August 2023