Amanda Wilkinson on Wigan Women’s 20-14 defeat against Leeds Women
Tries from Aspin and Davis not enough for Wigan to get the points
- Wilkinson says there are plenty of positives despite the defeat
Wilkinson said there were plenty of positives after the Warriors Women fell to their first defeat of the season at the hand of Leeds Rhinos Women.
The Warriors went in 14-12 to the good at the half-time break but two Leeds tries in the second period was enough for the Rhinos to claim the two points.
After the game, Wilkinson said: “It’s quite an unusual feeling, I’ve come away from the game feeling really positive. We had a lot of players missing today, we weren’t at our full strength and we were up against a full strength and extremely organised Leeds side.
“To only get beat by six points, especially having not been at our best performance wise, I’m not too worried and I think the future looks bright for us.”
On the first half that Wigan edged, she said: “We played the game well, it’s all about field position and we played well even though we spent a lot of time in our half. We were trying to get out of our red zone and you can’t play games against teams like Leeds, in that manner.
“I thought we did a lot of defending. When we got into good ball, we were good but we didn’t spend enough time in that area.”
She added: “I think today we lacked urgency, I’m not sure why, when we played against Featherstone that was one thing that won us that game. We played with a lot of enthusiasm and everything we did was done with urgency.
“In comparison, I felt that today we were a bit flat. Maybe that was down to the fact that we had some players missing that would lift the side, maybe we physically felt that those people were missing, I’m not sure but for me Leeds did come out a better team in the second half and we didn’t.”
Katie Coen was forced to leave the action as she was helped off the field through injury. On the injury, Wilkinson said: “It doesn’t look great for Katie. I think she’s done something to her ankle, so it doesn’t look too good, but hopefully we’ll have the other girls back in next week and that will give us a bit more strength in depth.”
Wigan now head out on the road to face Castleford Tigers Women next Sunday 6th May.