Peet previews Warrington

  • Matt Peet spoke to the press on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the R13 clash with Warrington Wolves.
  • Peet: “We do feel we’re in a rhythm at the moment and we’d like to continue that.”
  • Tickets and Travel remain on sale for Saturday’s tie HERE.

Matt Peet previews Saturday’s Betfred Super League Round 13 clash against Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Peet’s side are set to face Warrington Wolves twice in the space of a week, with the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley to follow Saturday’s Betfred Super League clash.

Speaking on the task of focusing on one game at a time, Peet said: “(The Final) is in the back of your mind – that’s the challenge for all of us and that’s where it has to be. In the front of our minds has to be performing this Saturday against a real quality team, a very proud club and we look forward to the challenge. We want to perform this week and we want to be in good shape for Wembley, we do feel we’re in a rhythm at the moment and we’d like to continue that.”

The Warriors arrive into the match on the back of a 26-6 victory away to Salford Red Devils, where four different try scorers helped them on the way to a third consecutive Betfred Super League victory. “I thought we did what we said we were going to do”, said Peet on the win. “We knew the start of the game was going to be important, and particularly defensively I thought we were pretty good.

“I think we’re growing, learning and developing. I think there’s more in us and I like the way we’re building – we’ve got some big games coming up so it’s a great time to find out more about ourselves.”

Saturday presents the first time the Cherry and Whites will face Warrington under their Head Coach Sam Burgess. On Burgess’ tenure so far, Peet said: “I think we all thought he would be a great leader and I think he’s done an outstanding job. In that role Sam’s going to win trophies at some point – hopefully it’s not in the immediate future, but I think he’s got them on the right journey.

“It’s not just about the results – it’s more about the way they’re winning, how connected they are. I think a lot of their players are in career best form and that’s credit not just to Sam (Burgess), but the environment at Warrington at the moment.”

With the Wolves recording a fourth straight win in all competitions in the South of France against Catalans Dragons last time out, Peet added: “They just looked like a committed defensive team – well organised, physical and they don’t give in. I think that’s a big thing that you can see with the team under Sam (Burgess) is that they’ve built that resilience off the back of a tough pre-season, and they’re getting what they deserve. It’s always an exciting game, but I feel with the form Warrington are in and the excitement around them it’s going to be a big challenge.”

The fixture also signals the first time the Cherry and Whites will face former Warrior Sam Powell, who signed with Warrington at the end of last season. On the 31-year-old, Peet said: “I can’t speak highly enough of him. I had good conversations with him, learnt a lot from him, always trusted him, he’s an unbelievable professional.

“We’ve just all got so much respect for him, not just as a player, but as a person.”

By Harvey Orgill.

Wednesday 29 May 2024