Taulima Tautai says Wigan dug deep to beat Widnes
Warriors fightback from 18-4 down at half time to win 32-24
- Tautai one of six Wigan try scorers on the night
Taulima Tautai praised his teammates after Wigan fought back to win 24-32 against Widnes Vikings at the Halton Stadium on Friday night.
Trailing 18-4 at the break, the Warriors ran in five second half tries to secure another victory- their fifth on the spin.
After the game, Tautai said: “It’s always tough to get a win over here and Widnes came out firing. They’d obviously done a lot of homework on us but in the second half we went back to the basics, completing our sets and running hard and the win worked on the back of that.
“All credit to Widnes but we shouldn’t have put ourselves in that situation. It was good for the boys as we dug deep and got ourselves out of it.”
Widnes took a 14-point advantage into the break after Tom Olbison, Jay Chapelhow and Ryan Ince all crossed over after Oliver Gildart gave Wigan the lead.
Tautai revealed: “Waney said just go back to the simples, complete our sets and get back in to the grind. We knew we could score points, we just needed to go back to doing the basic stuff that we’re good at.”
Wigan certainly did that as three tries inside six second half minutes from Joe Burgess, Morgan Escare and Willie Isa put them ahead.
Ryan Sutton and Tautai made sure of the two points late on and on his try, Tautai said: “To be honest it was a blur! All I know is that I got the ball and went through the gap but it was good to go over.”
Seven minutes before the end, Joe Burgess had to leave the field after he suffered a knee injury. Tautai said: “Seeing a fellow teammate with an injury is never easy but it is part of the sport and knowing Joe, he will come back bigger and better and we’ve got a really good medical staff here too!”
Despite the win, Tautai said Wigan have plenty to work on: “The game is obviously 80 minutes and we can’t just play in patches. We need to be good throughout the whole match and that’s something we will look at next week and moving forward.
“We’ll come back in on Monday and do some homework on Salford. Obviously they got dusted on Thursday so they will be looking to bounce back in a big way and get back to what they’ve been doing.”