Look at our defence

Look at our defence

Sam Powell said Wigan needed to look at their defence after losing out to Hull KR on Friday night.

Sam, eight matches unbeaten. Fair to say we didn’t see that one coming?

“No we didn’t. We came well prepared but we just didn’t show up. We started well but then they came back and the game got away from us a bit and slipped away.”

You started at Hooker with Morgan moving to the halves to cover the loss of Tommy Leuluai. How much did that impact on us?

“After the game you’d probably say it has impacted on us, beforehand I would have said it didn’t matter because we train in different positions and Morgan has played in the halves a bit this year. It shouldn’t have come down to that really but I think before we look at the halves we need to look at our defence because we didn’t stick to what we do.”

When did you find out about Gilly (Oliver Gildart) not playing?

“He wasn’t good all week so when we got to team run (the final training session – the day before the game) we knew then he wasn’t going to play.”

Waney was frustrated with the slow play-the-balls. What did you make of it?

“It was really slow, that’s obviously something they’ve worked on but it worked for them.”

How much did Waney announcing his resignation impact on the team this week?

“Waney only told us the news on the Monday and it wasn’t a great day. All of the players, including myself, were very very shocked. He backed me and gave me my debut and has stuck with me ever since. It’s been a tough and weird week really.”

The good thing about sport is the fact we get the chance to bounce back next week and they don’t come much bigger than Warrington away in the cup!

“Yeah this is the first time this season we’ve come away from a game really disappointed. There’s no better game for us to respond in though but we need to make sure we turn up next week.

“We’ll have to be ready for a really tough game. It’s at the Halliwell Jones which is a tough place to go so we’ll need to be at our best.”

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