Powell: Over the moon
- Sam Powell expressed his delight in playing his first Super League minutes since June in the Warriors’ golden point victory over Hull FC at the DW Stadium.
- Powell: “It’s a relief having been out for so long, but I’m over the moon to be back out with the lads.”
- Watch the full interview with Sam Powell on Wigan TV HERE.
Sam Powell expressed his delight in playing his first Super League minutes since June as he came off the bench in Wigan Warriors’ golden point win over Hull FC.
Speaking on being back, Powell said: “It felt really good. I’m not great at being a substitute as I was just pacing up and down the line waiting for the chance to come. It’s a relief having been out for so long, but I’m over the moon to be back out with the lads.”
Powell played more than an hour for the Warriors Reserves in their win over Hull KR at the start of the month, and speaking on the benefits, Powell said: “It was good to get extended – and needed – minutes. It was good to test the shoulder and it was more beneficial getting close to 65 minutes with the Reserves as oppose to 20 minutes with the First Team.”
Reflecting on the Warriors golden point win over Hull FC, Powell said: “We were miles from our best. The conditions played a big part for both teams, but we have to be better with the ball. When we scored the last try you could really feel the build from the fans in the stadium.
“We have an important time ahead as we get to the business end, and we need the home fans behind us – I just want to say a massive thank you.”
On Harry Smith’s match winning moment, Powell added: “Harry’s a key player for us and everyone at the club believes in him. He’s out there longer than anyone else practicing his kicks in training each day, so when those moments do come, I’m positive on the outcome.”
Liam Byrne made his 100th appearance for the Warriors in the victory, and on the achievement, Powell said: “A lot of lads spoke up about what Liam means to us in training this week. For him to get to 100 games at such a young age is a massive well done – he will have a long career ahead of him.”
Looking ahead to the Warriors’ next fixture against Catalans Dragons, Powell said: “We all know how good Catalans are so it will be a test for us to see where we are at. It’s a top of the table clash, and we know there will be a lot of Wiganers travelling to France so we don’t want to let them down.”
Watch Matt Peet’s full reaction on Wigan TV, or alternatively you can read his thoughts on the victory HERE.