Defence Strong

Defence Strong

  • Wigan Warriors centre Anthony Gelling on Salford Red Devils win
  • Cherry and Whites beat Salford Red Devils 20-16 at the DW Stadium
  • “Our effort in defence throughout the game was strong” Anthony Gelling

Wigan Warriors centre Anthony Gelling says Shaun Wane’s side had to work hard in defence to beat a physical Salford Red Devils side 20-16 at the DW Stadium.

Wigan provided a professional performance to beat a towering Salford outfit 20-16 to win three out of three in Super League XXI with Oliver Gildart grabbing a double as well as Dom Manfredi scoring a last gasp try to seal the victory.

“We managed to pull through and keep them out through some tough work in defence.” said Gelling. “It was great that we could keep our winning record alive. I think our defence is pretty good at the moment but these type of games aren’t good for the heart – especially in the last few minutes!

“Sam Powell played some big minutes. He has had to step up since Micky (Michael McIlorum) got injured, he’s done that and I think he played great and worked hard in the middle.” Gelling said.

The Cook Islands international is looking for consistency in Wigan’s game this year, he said: “I think we need to start scoring more points and we are looking to do that next week away at Hull FC.

“It just about getting two points at this early stage of the season, we know we have a couple of things to work on and we will be seeing if we can do that in games that are coming up so we can finish in top position come to the time of the Super 8s.

“We are aiming to be consistent and finish the back end of the year as strong as we have started. We want to win everything this year so we want to put in a solid performance next week.” he added.

Gelling is feeling comfortable in the right centre position. “I’ve got a good combo going on with pig (Dom Manfredi) at the moment and the lads who filled in for the injured players did a top job.” he said.

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