Writing in his latest blog, Oliver Gildart talks about Wigan’s latest run of results and looks ahead to Thursday night’s derby with St Helens.
Hello everyone, hope you’re all good!
I’m going to start way back to when we beat Hull FC 10-14 at the KCOM Stadium, as it’s been a while since my last blog.
We dominated most of that game, especially attacking wise but credit to Hull as they were pretty good defensively and we couldn’t get over the try line as much as we wanted to. We got the try through Marshy (Liam Marshall) in the end though and won so it was great!
We then went to Castleford and unfortunately lost 19-18 by a last-minute drop goal. It was a tough game. We had an opportunity to slot one over ourselves but we missed it and Cas had their chance and took it so it was a tough one to take. Again, I thought we dominated, especially in the first half but we came out in the second and switched off and let them come back in it.
The home game against Leeds was a long time in the waiting as we hadn’t played at the DW in over six weeks! Leeds are struggling with injuries but they still had a decent team out and it was a comfortable victory for us. I think we were too good for them on the day and we put a ruthless performance in and got a good result in the end.
Joe Greenwood also made his debut for the club and I thought he was good. Obviously, I’ve played against him a couple of times when he was at St Helens so I know how good of a player he is. He’s only managed to play the one game so far as he got injured but hopefully the training and settling in has helped him and I think we’ll see the best of him now.
We then faced Warrington and Woodsy (Josh Woods) stole the headlines with a one pointer right at the death to win the game. He’s capable of those sorts of things as I’ve watched him do it all the time in training and he’s an outstanding kicker so I had every confidence in him. It was a great feeling as it had happened to us at Cas just two weeks before so to be on the good side of it was unbelievable!
More recently, we lost to Huddersfield and to be honest we just weren’t at the races. I fractured my thumb 10 minutes into the game so on a personal level I was really struggling and I didn’t feel myself. It just wasn’t our day; the penalty count didn’t go our way and we didn’t play well. We had a few niggles in the team with a few lads not playing and it all added up to being a poor day at the office.
On a more positive note though, I’m buzzing for Paiso (Liam Paisley) and Samy (Kibula) who have made their debuts for the first team in the last few weeks. I’ve been hoping for Samy that he would get his first appearance at some point this year as he’s really impressed me in training! I was made up for him and I thought he showed everyone what he could do in the game at Huddersfield and hopefully he gets more chances on the field this year.
Personally, I’m gutted that I’ll miss the Saints match tonight. I missed the home derby last year with my back injury and I’ll miss it this year as well. I’ve had my operation and now I have to get back fit and fighting as soon as possible.
Despite us having injuries throughout the squad there’s no excuses, as at the end of the day it’s a Wigan, Saints derby and no matter what, anything can happen. Form goes out the window in these kinds of games and it’s something I’ve realised over the years. It’s about desire and who wants it more and whatever team steps out on the field I’ve got every faith that we can go and get the job done.
I’ll be watching and cheering the lads on! Thanks for all your support and see you all at the DW tonight!