Smith: More work to do

  • Harry Smith celebrated his 100th Wigan appearance as the Warriors lifted the League Leaders’ Shield at Leigh Sports Village.
  • Smith: “We know we’ve done well but we also know there is still more work to do to reach the main goal.”
  • Watch full post-match reaction with Harry Smith, Toby King and Matt Peet on Wigan TV HERE.

Harry Smith says Wigan Warriors still have ‘more work to do’ after winning the League Leaders’ Shield with a victory over Leigh Leopards on Friday night.

First half tries from Jai Field and Jake Wardle was enough for the Warriors to win 10-6 and lift the shield at Leigh Sports Village, despite Lachlan Lam crossing to reduce the points difference before the break.

Speaking on finishing top of the table, Smith said: “It’s a brilliant achievement for the whole team as it was something we set out to do. We also wanted to be the best defensive team and we’ve managed to do that as well so overall it’s a very happy night which has been worked towards since the first day of pre-season.”

The Warriors finished the season with the fewest points conceded [360], and on the defensive work in the win over Leigh, Smith said: “The first 10 minutes was a real grind before we started to get on top and score two decent tries. We then just had to grind it out trying not to concede points which in the end we managed to do which is why we’re happy all round.”

Matt Peet’s side have won all three of the battles against Leigh this year, however, Smith believes there is little difference between the teams: “Leigh have done really well this season and yet again they brought a game to us as they’ve done every time. The other two scores probably haven’t resembled the games whereas tonight showed how close it was and how good a team Leigh are.”

The Warriors await confirmation of their semi-final opponents ahead of the clash at the DW Stadium, and speaking on the upcoming week, Smith said: “It will be a nice rest for the boys but we know there are things we need to work on and improve in order to be ready for whoever we play in the semi-final. We know we’ve done well but we also know that there is still more work to do to reach the main goal.”

Looking ahead to the play-offs, Smith said: “The biggest game of the season is going to be the semi-final in getting over the line to the Grand Final. It’s all about having the mentality of being ready to come and play for the whole 80 minutes because if you’re off it even for five minutes it can cost you the game.”

Tickets for our play-off semi-final clash are on general sale now and can be purchased HERE. Season ticket holders have until 5pm on Friday 29 September to secure their seat, and they can claim a £5 discount on tickets when buying HERE.

Monday 25 September 2023