John Bateman on the Warriors’ mental challenge to deal with the thoughts of people leaving at the end of the season.
Second row gives a special message to the fans.
- Bateman: “The fans were absolutely class. I can’t speak highly enough of them. That’s what we wanted and it was them who got us over the line!”
John Bateman said Wigan’s way of coping with the adversity of players and coaches leaving was important as the Warriors won the Super League Grand Final.
A 12-4 victory against Warrington at Old Trafford on Saturday was Bateman’s second Grand Final trophy and he admitted it was even more special as he is set to leave for Canberra Raiders with fellow teammate Ryan Sutton.
He said: “It makes it even more special that I’m leaving. It’s my last game for Wigan and I loved it, it’s fantastic.
“I can’t really explain how good it feels to be fair. It’s such a great feeling and everyone wanted that.”
The 2018 Man of Steel nominee stated that his side didn’t want to make a pre-match fuss of the fact that it was a final game at the Club for himself, Shaun Wane, Sutton and Sam Tomkins but he said it was always in the back of their minds and it was a mental challenge to keep it hidden during the match.
“We spoke about it this week and obviously we didn’t want to make it public but it’s a massive thing for us,” he said.
“What Waney has done for us and this Club is fantastic. Sam Tomkins, what a player! He’s been absolutely amazing for Wigan and Ryan Sutton has come through as a prop and played over 100 games so he’s been amazing too. It’s what we wanted and the feeling is really good!”
A double from Dom Manfredi and a try from Tom Davies sealed the victory for the Cherry and Whites even though Josh Charnley gave the Wolves an early lead.
Bateman highlighted Manfredi out as the winger only made his first team comeback after two years out on the sidelines against the Wire in the Super 8s exactly a month to the day.
“I think Warrington hate playing against him! He scored two tries in his comeback and another two in the Grand Final. He’s a fantastic player.”
Second row Bateman has always had a strong connection with the Wigan fans and he gave some emotional words in his farewell message after four fabulous years at the Club.
“The fans were absolutely class. I can’t speak highly enough of them. That’s what we wanted and it was them who got us over the line!”