- George Williams on Wigan’s record seventh win of the Super 8s.
- Half back on the hunt for Grand Final silverware.
- Williams: “I’m really enjoying my rugby.”
George Williams admits he is loving life at Wigan as the Warriors record a historic seventh win of the Super 8s against Hull FC at the DW Stadium on Friday night.
Three tries from Gabe Hamlin, Dan Sarginson and Oliver Gildart sealed the tight 14-12 victory and Williams is eager to send Sam Tomkins, John Bateman, Ryan Sutton and Shaun Wane out on a Grand Final triumph.
The half back has played in the last eight games since his return from injury and he’s happy with the way his teammates help get the best out of him.
Williams said: “I’m enjoying it. When the team is running, it makes it a lot easier for me and the team is playing really well so I’m really enjoying my rugby and I’m dying to send some of the boys and Waney out on a high.”
However, the stand-off isn’t taking anything for granted as the Cherry and Whites face Castleford Tigers next Friday in the semi-final.
“Waney said after the game that no one has ever done it so no matter how we did it, we managed to get over the line and it’s very impressive but it means nothing if we were not ready for next week.
“Form goes out the window in the semi-finals and the best team on the day will win so it’s knock-out rugby and we’ll look forward to it.”
On the Hull game, Williams was disappointed with his team’s performance but acknowledged the opposition’s game plan and gave praise to the Black and Whites.
“It was a bit scrappy but fair play to Hull as they turned up and I know they’ve had their backs against the wall with injuries and loss of form but I think they turned up. Even though we weren’t firing, they had a real dig and it was pretty tough for us.
“The conditions weren’t great but it might be like that next week so we have to prepare for that and be better with the ball. We’ve been good defensively in the last seven weeks but tonight we weren’t. Our goal line D was pretty good but they scored off two kicks and up and down the field we were a bit sloppy and we let Hull into the game. It took a while and we dropped some ball that we don’t usually drop and it wasn’t us but good teams find a way to win and we did that.”
Williams played his part in the win as he assisted Sarginson who got Wigan’s second try of the night.
“Romain gave me a dodgy pass and I thought I was going to get killed but I managed to slip out and Sarge did a great job catching it to score,” Williams said.
It was a terrific night at the DW Stadium as earlier on, the Under-19s beat Leeds Rhinos to become Academy Grand Final Champions for the second consecutive year and for the ninth time in 11 years.
Williams added: “It’s unbelievable for the Club. The U19s won their competition and if we are able to win ours it would be fantastic. We are taking it step by step though as we’ve got Cas first and we’re fully focused and we’ll be back in work on Monday and we’ll go again.”
As it was the final regular home game of the season, the families of the players were invited into the changing room after full time and Williams is a big fan of the occasion.
“We’ve done it every year since I’ve been involved with the Club and it’s massive! Our families are un-sung heroes as they see our mood swings when we lose or if we have a bad day at training. It’s good that Rads (Kris Radlinski) and Waney get them in to say big thank you as it’s a long old season with ups and downs so we thank them and let them know that we appreciate the support.”