Davies: Keep Focus

  • Anna Davies previews Saturday’s Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup Quarter-Final against Cardiff Demons.
  • Davies: “Last week we showed what we can do and that has to be the standard now and we will look to better that this week. For us, the focus is on ourselves.”
  • Wigan Warriors Women v Cardiff Demons Women, Saturday 13th April, 2pm K.O.

Wigan Warriors Women’s Centre, Anna Davies, previews this weekend’s Quarter-Final tie against Cardiff Demons with a spot in the Semi-Finals at stake.

On the season so far, which saw the Warriors beat Featherstone Rovers in pre-season before making it three from three in the Challenge Cup group stages, she said: “We’ve started the season really well. The friendly against Featherstone and the game against Salford I thought we were really good and showed a lot of enthusiasm. We then dropped off a little bit against Barrow and weren’t at our best but I think it was good for us in finding our need to focus.

“We can take a lot from that close game (Against Barrow) in that we know we’re able to get ourselves out of situations where we find ourselves behind and trusting our systems.”

She added: “The final game against Cardiff showed probably our most calm and controlled performance so far. We had a good balance of enthusiasm but also remaining calm and it was a fantastic game to play in.”

Speaking on new additions to the squad, including new Head Coach Denis Betts, Davies said: “Denis has been brilliant, bringing us back to basics but he has a fantastic base of knowledge and they’re quickly becoming engrained in our values going onto the pitch. For me personally I’m also relishing having the chance to learn from someone like Denis, understanding Rugby League in a way that I haven’t before.”

The Warriors Women face Cardiff Demons once again this Saturday, but with a Semi-Final place at stake. Looking ahead to the fixture, she said: “It is strange playing the same team just six-days later and how we approach that psychologically. There’s not too many things that you can change in six-days but we know they’ll be motivated after last week.

“We’re just thinking about remaining competitive, last week we showed what we can do and that has to be the standard now and we will look to better that this week. For us, the focus is on ourselves.”

Davies surpassed 100-points for Wigan in Sunday’s victory as she crossed for a try either side of half-time. On her milestone, Davies said: “I hadn’t realised until after the game. It’s quite nice to reflect sometimes on where you’ve come from and coming in as a new face to Rugby League when I first signed for Wigan and to have achieved 100-points for the Club, I’m just thankful for the people who put the faith in me from the start.

“I’m glad to have been able to deliver that for the Club and hopefully I can continue to keep getting over. I want to really develop in that Centre role now too, help put my winger away.”

Ahead of Saturday’s knockout tie, she added: “The key word for us this week is focus. We know there is a big reward at the end and Cardiff stand in the way of us reaching for that big reward this weekend.”

Full information about Saturday’s tie against Cardiff Demons can be found HERE.

Thursday 11 April 2024