- Gabe Hamlin on Wigan’s derby defeat to St Helens
- Forward admits a spark was missing after 6-14 loss
Wigan forward Gabe Hamlin admitted his team missed something special as the Warriors fell to a 6-14 defeat to St Helens at the DW Stadium on Thursday night.
St Helens outweighed Wigan’s one try from Sam Tomkins, as Dominic Peyroux and Morgan Knowles leaded the away side to victory, contributed also by the three converted goals from Danny Richardson.
On the defeat, Hamlin said: “In crucial parts of the game we missed a certain spark. It was a tough game. They had the momentum by making some vital tackles and we made some errors in certain places and I thought they played better than us.
“They play more direct than most teams do and I think it tore us out a bit. We lost shape as our middles were tired and it was disappointing that we couldn’t get the result for the fans.”
On the 70-minute mark, Tomkins’ try and the fullback’s 200th of his career, gave hope of a late Wigan revival but Hamlin believed it was too late as Saints hung on. “They took so much out of us at the start and all that effort showed at the end as we were pretty worn out,” Hamlin said.
“We were still fighting though but we left it to the last minute and couldn’t get the score back. I felt like we got the swing of it towards the end and if we had got that try 10 minutes earlier it could have been anyone’s game but they’re a class side and a hard team and you can’t give opportunities like that to them as they’ll take them and they did.”
He added: “We had a bad loss against Huddersfield last week where we didn’t play good at all in defence or attack. I thought against St Helens we improved and they’re a good team and we can take a lot from this game.”
The Australian international gave high praise to new signing Chris Hankinson as the former Swinton centre made his Cherry and Whites debut after signing two days ago.
Hamlin said: “I thought Hank played really well. For a first team debut to play like that against one of the best centre’s in the competition in Tommy Makinson I thought he played out of his shoes!”
After the derby defeat, Wigan have the chance to bounce back against Catalan Dragons next Friday at the DW.
Hamlin said: “We just weren’t at our best against Saints and we want to get back on the winning track against Catalan but we aren’t going to be taking it easy as they’re a good team.”