O’Neill: Tough and intense

  • Brad O’Neill speaks on the tough training week the Warriors have undergone in preparation for the Semi-Final.
  • O’Neill: “Even though it’s a week off from playing it’s important we get some tough training in which hopefully leads us into well into the semi-finals.”
  • Tickets for our Play-Off Semi-Final are on general sale and can be purchased HERE.

Brad O’Neill says Wigan Warriors’ training week has been ‘tough and intense’ as preparations continue for the Super League Play-Off Semi-Final.

Despite having a week off from playing after finishing top of the Super League table, the Warriors completed three intense training days at Robin Park in preparation for next Saturday’s play-off semi-final.

Speaking on training, O’Neill said: “Training this week has been shorter days but they’ve been tough and intense. Even though it’s a week off from playing it’s important we get some tough training in which hopefully leads us into well into the semi-final.”

Assistant Coach Sean O’Loughlin led a wrestling session as part of the training schedule, and on the workout, O’Neill said: “It was short, sharp and again pretty intense. It was all about competing against each other in the basic fundamentals of wrestling, but we also managed to get some conditioning in there as well.”

Reflecting on winning the League Leaders’ Shield, O’Neill said: “It was a great achievement for us all to finish top of the table, but it was also very good for me lifting the League Leaders’ Shield in my home town. We knew Leigh wouldn’t just rollover and it was a really tough match to win it in.”

Looking ahead to the semi-final, O’Neill said: “Our preparation will be the same no matter who we face as all the teams we could play will be tough. We just need to make sure we prepare in the best possible way we can for ourselves.”

O’Neill was nominated alongside Warrington Wolves duo Matty Nicholson and Josh Thewlis for the Super League Young Player of the Year award on Wednesday – Matt Peet was also shortlisted for the Super League Coach of the Year award.

On being nominated for the award, O’Neill said: “I wasn’t really expecting to be nominated as there’s a lot of young talent in Super League. It’s a proud moment for me and I can’t wait to go to the awards and hopefully win it.”

The Warriors will face either Hull KR, Leigh Leopards or Warrington Wolves in the Super League Play-off Semi-Final on Saturday 7 October at the DW Stadium. Tickets for our Semi-Final clash are on general sale now and can be purchased HERE.

Friday 29 September 2023