Wigan Warriors half-back, Tommy Leuluai, says Wigan have been focusing on their defence in training this week
New Zealand international says partnership with England star George Williams is going well
- Warriors play Widnes Vikings in the Betfred Super League at the DW Stadium on Sunday, 3pm kick-off
We speak to Tommy Leuluai ahead of this weekend’s Betfred Super League clash with Widnes Vikings.
Tommy, what can we expect from Widnes on Sunday?
“We have done some review on them but we don’t need motivating for it. We really want to work on ourselves though because we need to put some things right.
“They [Widnes] will be pretty confident for the game after beating Leigh last week but we understand how much potential we’ve got and we know we can turn things around pretty quickly and hopefully we can do that.”
We go back to the DW Stadium after a month on the road, so are you looking forward to playing on home soil?
“It’s not that I don’t like playing at other grounds but it’s always good to be back at home in front of our fans and we are aiming to perform well for them as well and give them something to smile about.”
How confident is the team after a couple of the more senior players have recently returned from injury?
“Yeah, we’re pretty confident and the mood around camp is pretty good too. Sam [Tomkins] and John [Bateman] played in the game at Warrington and made a real difference and there is a chance Anthony Gelling and Tony Clubb could play this weekend so it would be good to have them back as well.”
You have played alongside George Williams a lot in the halves this season, how do you think the partnership is going?
“I think it’s going pretty well. Attack-wise, we haven’t struggled to score points this year so it’s been our defence that has been our downfall which is surprising for a club like us because we put a lot of focus in defence so we have really put a lot of focus on our defence this week.
“As a half-back, our main jobs are getting the team around the park and create opportunities which we have and we’ve scored plenty of points this year which is a positive for us. Our kicking game can be sharper but I’m an honest person so regardless of our combination, we need to be winning games.”
A win and a draw in our last two games, are the team getting back to their best?
“We’re definitely improving I think. We had a good win at Warrington and we were going pretty good at Huddersfield and felt we could have won it but it wasn’t to be. We are improving though, it’s not fast enough for our liking but we are definitely going in the right direction and hopefully we can put in a good performance against Widnes and get the two points.”