Leeming: I’m excited

  • Kruise Leeming has shared his excitement on being back at the DW Stadium ahead of Friday night’s Betfred Super League clash against Castleford Tigers.
  • Leeming: “It feels like I haven’t played at the DW Stadium at all so I’m excited to get out there in front of the fans for what could be my first Super League home game.”
  • Watch pre-match previews with Matt Peet and Patrick Mago on Wigan TV HERE.

Kruise Leeming has shared his excitement to be back in front of home support for friday night’s clash against castleford tigers.

The Warriors return to Betfred Super League action at the DW Stadium as Matt Peet’s side take on Castleford Tigers for the second time in five days.

Wigan progressed to the Betfred Challenge Cup Semi-Finals after a dominant 60-6 win over the Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, and reflecting on the victory, Leeming said: “Castleford’s a tough place to go but we went there and performed really well as a team. Everything clicked and we were able to put on good show for our travelling support which we are really happy with.”

Looking ahead to Friday’s Round 8 clash against the Tigers, Leeming added: “Castleford will come here fired up and ready to go so we need to make sure we perform to get the win. We got our start spot on last weekend but we have to make sure we replicate that on Friday night as the game won’t be the same as the week before.”

Both sides face a short turnaround ahead of the second league meeting this season, and on preparation, Leeming said: “It’s been short but we had recovery on Tuesday before a really good final session on Wednesday. Our mindset is that when we’re in we are fully switched on, but when we go home we switch off to focus on the important things away from rugby. That mindset is important so it doesn’t affect us whether we have one day in or three.”

Reflecting on his time at the Warriors so far, Leeming said: “I’m enjoying being at such a great Club. You can tell why there’s so much success here as all the ingredients surrounding the culture transfer from the training ground to the pitch.”

On scoring four tries in six interchange appearances for Wigan this season, which includes a try in each of the clashes against the Tigers, Leeming said: “It’s not something I focus too much on. Scoring tries is nice part of my game that I enjoy, but the most important part is winning games.”

Leeming has made appearances in the Warriors’ last four matches after recovering from an ankle injury which saw the hooker miss four rounds of action. On his fitness, Leeming said: “I was frustrated more than anything. Normally when you’re injured the emotions are sadness, but I’d had a great pre-season and was so excited to start playing that it was upsetting. I’ve stopped feeling the injury now and I’m ready to kick on.”

The Warriors forward is set to make his first Super League appearance at the DW Stadium on Friday night, and on returning to home soil, he said: “Since I’ve arrived the fans have been fantastic and it’s nice that we’ve had the chance to repay their loyalty with a number of good wins and performances. It feels like I haven’t played at the DW Stadium at all so I’m excited to get out there in front of the fans for what could be my first Super League home game.”

Kruise Leeming is sponsored by CSC2 Cyber Consulting

Thursday 18 April 2024