Peet: Keep building

  • Matt Peet reflected on Wigan Warriors’ Betfred Super League victory against Huddersfield Giants at the DW Stadium.
  • Peet: “There is so much energy around the place at the moment and we have to keep building on that.”
  • FT | Wigan Warriors 30-16 Huddersfield Giants.

Matt Peet praised his side as Wigan Warriors scored five tries to defeat Huddersfield Giants at the DW Stadium.

Reflecting on the win, Peet said: “We were well aware of the challenge and threat that Huddersfield would bring tonight which is always an attritional one. The way we started the game was always going to be important and I thought we did that really well – we got in front and remained in front against a spirited side.”

Providing an update on Liam Byrne, Peet said: “He came in sore. He had a badly bruised hip which was always going to take up until the warm up to see how he would go. It wasn’t a massive shock to us when he pulled out which is why we always had Tiaki on stand by.”

Speaking on Tiaki Chan, who made his Warriors debut in the victory, Peet said: “Tiaki made an impact and was competitive. It was the right thing to do taking him out after the collision, but we checked him out and he was fine – he’s a player that’s going to get more minutes. He brought exactly what we knew we’d be getting when we signed him and already he’s a very popular player at the Club.”

Tom Forber made his first senior appearance since 2022, and on the hooker, Peet said: “He was good. I’d liked to have given him more minutes but it was just the way things panned out. He put Tyler Dupree through for his try, and some of his defensive contact as well was good.”

When asked about the preparation ahead of the clash, Peet said: “I didn’t think it would be the physical demands of the game, it was more the emotional demands of coming off such a high. We had to be intelligent with how we trained and prepared, and we knew this game wouldn’t be as emotional charging as last week. We came back in on Wednesday for reflection and had a training session on Thursday – that’s because I trust the players. When you achieve something special it’s important to celebrate and enjoy it.”

Looking ahead to upcoming fixtures, Peet said: “We’ve got a period of different away tests starting with London Broncos before a short turnaround to Salford. The games come thick and fast, and we are looking forward to it.”

Praising the supporters, Peet said: “Once I knew the numbers I felt a lot better about tonight. I knew the players wanted to get out there again in front of the fans and the fan walk pre-match was outstanding. There is so much energy around the place at the moment and we have to keep building on that.”

Read our match report from the win over the Giants HERE.

Friday 01 March 2024