Wigan Forward Gabe Hamlin previews Super 8s game with Warrington Wolves
Explains the emotional power of last week’s win against Wakefield
- Discusses personal improvements in training
Wigan Warriors forward Gabe Hamlin believes that Warrington are probably the side’s biggest test so far in the Super 8s as the two clubs go head-to-head this Friday.
Talking to the media ahead of the Betfred Super League Super 8s round five clash, the Australian was in a positive mood discussing the team and their current form.
He said, “I feel like we are on a roll. All year we’ve been good and had good spells but I feel like we haven’t peaked yet. We are coming up with these different plays and always improving. We’re not just doing the same as we did last week.”
“We’re five from five [in the Super 8s] but this is probably our biggest test. If we can beat Warrington, hopefully we will then be able to go to Huddersfield and Hull F.C. If we can go to the semis with a perfect streak in the Super 8s it would be a dream and that starts this week with Warrington.”
Last time around the Warriors narrowly beat the visitors 13-12 thanks to a last gasp Woods drop goal. Gabe drew on the experience of this win and explained what he learned from the Warrington side that day.
He explained, “Last game was a tough game when we one by one point, they were very physical. I want to go out there this time and be physical with them too. I think if we can beat their middles and challenge them then we should be able to win this game.”
Hamlin has turned in a number of eye-catching performances in recent weeks and he made clear that his improved form was all down to hard work in training.
“I feel like I’m slowly finding my stride, I’m finding out what works best for me. I felt the first couple of games in my career I felt a bit heavy, so I’ve been doing a bit extra on fitness.”
On realization of not being at his best – “While I don’t play the most minutes, you should be effective which you’re out there the whole time. I remember watching a game back and my family at home watching as well and they said that I seemed a bit sluggish. My family are very honest with me.” [jokes]
So now I do a bit of fitness after every session and it’s working for me. I’ve lost two kilos and I feel like I’m at the pretty much perfect weight for how I want to play. Now It’s just maintaining that and getting better every week. I feel better out there every week, I feel more energized and every week I’m going to keep doing that until the Grand Final.”
Dan Sarginson & Wakefield win
Last week’s victory against a tough Wakefield Trinity side has proven to mean a great deal more to the squad considering the sad news of the passing of Dan Sarginson’s brother in the week running up to the fixture.
Hamlin said “To outsiders it might not mean much. Wakefield pretty much can’t make it, so for most it was any other game but for the players it meant a lot, it meant more than most games.”
He continued, “You don’t come by things like this much, nor do you want to come by things like this. It’s a tragedy that you never want to happen but it has happened. You’ve all got to bond together and come a little closer.”
“I’m quite good friends with Sarg [Dan Sarginson] and I’m sure there are others that have reached out to try and make him feel welcome, because not many people have gone through what he has.”
“If that had happened to me I don’t think I’d have been playing last week, so for the way he turned up and played, I have so much respect for him.”
Wigan host Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium on Friday 14 September, kick-off 7.45pm. Tickets are available starting from £22 for adults, £16 for concessions with juniors from £10. Members are entitled to £2 off adult tickets and £1 off concession and junior tickets. How To Buy
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