Farrell: Good place

  • Liam Farrell spoke to the press on Tuesday afternoon ahead of Wigan Warriors’ top of the table clash with Catalans Dragons.
  • Farrell: “It’s always a tough task going over to Perpignan, but we feel as though we are in a good place to go and challenge.”
  • Watch the full interview with Liam Farrell on Wigan TV HERE.

Club captain Liam Farrell believes Wigan Warriors are in a ‘good place’ as they prepare to face Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday evening.

Reflecting on the Warriors’ golden point win over Hull FC last time out, Farrell said: “The conditions played a big part in the game, but overall I thought the way we defended in general was really good and we deserved the win. Credit to Harry [Smith] for slotting the kick at the end after a tough night of kicking.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash against Catalans Dragons, Farrell said: “Catalans have been the most consistent team this year and have played the best rugby in Super League. It’s always a tough task going over to Perpignan, but we feel as though we are in a good place to go and challenge.

“We’ve spoken this week on the reasons why this trip can be tough, but we are going there to get the win. We are coming up against the best team in the competition at the moment, but we want to get one back on them and close the gap in the table.”

The Warriors have implemented heat protocol and altered hydration recovery in training this week to prepare for the intense Perpignan conditions, and on this Farrell said: “They’ve been tough, but they’re there to simulate the kind of conditions we are going to be be involved in this weekend. Hopefully it will be something that will help us out in the game.”

Speaking on the travelling support, Farrell added: “It’s always popular for Wigan fans to go over to Perpignan at this time of the year, and lots of people make a holiday out of it. Their support – home and away – is always amazing, but Perpignan’s extra special because they’ve travelled so far and we want to send them home happy.”

Reflecting on the season so far, Farrell said: “Overall I think it’s been a good year, despite some difficult times. There’s been some inconsistency in the league, but we are still in a good position and over the last few months we’ve started to find form at the right time. We work all year for this part of the season, and if we can get things right now then it could be a very good end to the year.”

On his first season as club captain, Farrell said: “To captain Wigan is a childhood dream. I’m still learning which is great for me, but I have people around me who have been there and done it so I can always lean on them for advice. The one difference is that after defeats you feel more isolated as there’s more pressure on yourself, but I haven’t let the responsibility affect my personal performance.”

Matt Peet also looked ahead to Saturday’s game. Read the full Peet preview HERE.

Wednesday 23 August 2023