Noble Reflects On Cup Loss

Wigan Warriors lost their Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final on Sunday against the Catalans Dragons at Warrington by 24-37.

Wigan fought their way from 22-0 down to make a game of it at 24-31, but couldn't complete the fight back.

Afterwards Head Coach Brian Noble told the press it was one of the lowest points of his career,

"To go 22-0 down in the first 20 minutes proved too difficult a hill to climb. You don't expect that in a Challenge Cup Semi-Final. The bounce of the ball didn't go our way in relation to their kick tries. I still thought we had a chance at half time and I still thought we could win it. We just couldn't defend our line hard enough in the second half. Again a couple of bounces went their way and they got over the line."

With Jones in the sin bin for ten minutes, Brian was asked if he thought then whether Wigan could still win the game,

"I did, I thought we could get back in the game. The reality is that we didn't look after the ball well enough and we didn't get out of our own half. We got caught like rabbits in the headlights at the start and tried to fix it. Let's take nothing away from the Catalans, they have been showing patches of that form but I thought half way through the second half we were in the ascendancy.

"It's a cruel game is Rugby League. We didn't do some simple things in the first half. We are all extremely disappointed."

"This day is up there as one of the worst for me. I am very low as are the players. I am dejected for the Wigan club and the Wigan fans in particular. It's not very nice losing big games and what's frustrating is that we didn't help ourselves. We have to dust ourselves down as we have to come back here next week against Warrington."

Asked about the rest of the season, Noble added,

"We have to respond, part of life is responding in adversity. I will front up, as will the players."

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