Noble Reflects On Salford Win

Wigan Warriors recorded a 40-16 winover the Salford City Reds at the JJB Stadium on Friday night.

The Warriors won the game with a great second half display which saw the cherry and whites run in six tries. Speaking after the game, Head Coach Brian Noble was first asked what he said at half time,

"Stop dropping the ball in a nutshell. You dress it up alot but they were catching us a little bit around the ruck which we had spoken about all week and I thought we went about our task in the second half and played some good Rugby League. I was pleased with our effort in the second half.

"I thought Trent Barrett was big again for us and Sean O'Loughlin down the right hand side. I thought the whole team in the second half did what we had been practicing all week and when we do that we are a decent team.

"The players know it. If you look at the first half, we kept giving the ball away on play one. I'm not one for completion rates .I look at the balance of the game which was wrong. We were at something like 45% completion rate, you are dropping half the ball in the oppostion half and you compound that with a penalty and free field position and the opposition don't have to work hard for it. In the second half I thought we looked a whole lot more vigourous in defence because we had decent possession of the ball."

Asked about the chances of making the top six, Brian said,

"It will probably go down to the final games. All we can do is play like we did in the second half and take that to Hull KR next week which is our next hurdle. It is another desperate team who could cement their place in this league this weekend.

Brian was also asked if the competiton could be won from sixth spot,

" Course it can. For a long while we were saying that it couldn't be won from third. You go with the statistics but once it happens from third those that believe can do it the tough way."

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