Noble Thoughts

Wigan Warriors ended their pre-season campaign with a 42-18 win at Widnes on Sunday.

Speaking afterwards Head Coach Brian Noble told us it was a useful workout and was able to report good news on Thomas Leuluai who was forced to leave the field early on,

"Thomas is fine, we have a clean bill of health from today's game. Tommy could have even come back on with the elbow if we had needed."

On the game, Brian said,

"I was pleased with some things we did, it was important we reinforced some things from last week at Bradford and we did that. I think we are a bit ahead of where we were this time last year."

"I think we have had a pretty good pre-season all in all. I thought we got a bit sloppy at the end of the first half, they got a bit of a bark from me, we were collectively disappointing conceeding those two tries. In the first 30 minutes we did well and I think if we look after the ball we will compete with anyone."

Harrison Hansen scored a hat-trick and Richard Mathers two tries on his debut, on 'H' ,Noble said,

"It's all down to his work ethic and I think he has been improving week by week. He is very motivated and can be a very good player and a good talent. Richard also got himself over the line, he hasn't played for a while and we are delighted he got through those 60 minutes, he will be a useful asset to us."

Wigan changed things around as the game progressed and in the last quarter a number of young players were given a run out,

In the last 20 minutes I think we had only a couple of players over the age of 21 in Higham and Paleaaesina. It all goes well for the club, I thought they did really well."

Noble concluded,

"It was a tough game and it was a good atmosphere and I think a lot of exciting things are happening here at Widnes."

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