Betts Proud of young Warriors

Wigan coach Denis Betts spoke of his immense pride in his players after they overturned a 14-0 deficit to defeat Hull 21-15 at the KC Stadium on Monday.

Tries from Liam Colbon, Harrison Hansen and Brett Dallas secured the most unlikely of wins for Wigan, who were missing seven first team regulars through injury.

The win also handed them a maximum points haul over the Easter period, after their equally dramatic win over St Helens on Good Friday.

He said: “When I spoke with the players on Saturday I told them that the Hull side would be looking at our team and asking who some of them were.

“We have a few wildcards in our squad and the best thing about it is, we know that they can play.

“I thought the game would go one or two ways to start off with, either we’d get a couple of tries through enthusiasm or they’d roll us over, which they did.

“We started poorly but that was just the emotion still running high after Friday’s game with Saints.

“But once we started fighting, scrapping and competing for everything we showed what we’re capable of.

“This is the best win I’ve been involved with as coach and this weekend has put us right back in there with the pack. You can never write us off.”

Hull coach John Kear slammed his players after seeing them slip to their second home defeat of the season, in a game he feels they should have won.

Kear explained: “That was a really poor performance and I can’t say how disappointed I am.

“We were 14 points up and we were opening them up at will, then we suddenly thought that we were magicians.

“We were trying miracle passes everywhere and we played a different game to the one that we practised.”

Kear also conceded that Colbon’s intercept try off Paul Cooke’s pass was a turning point in the game.

He added: “I thought Wigan were dead and buried at the point and they looked like they had conceded defeat and were playing for pride.

“Great credit to them, they have played very well - but they shouldn’t have been allowed to win.”

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