Ben Flower reflects on Wigan’s opening Super League loss to local rivals St Helens.
Prop disappointed with his side’s inability to stick to the game preparations.
- Flower: “There were glimpses of little things we did out there that showed the style of rugby we want to play.”
Ben Flower believes Wigan Warriors need to be more consistent following their opening Super League defeat to St Helens.
Flower scored one of Wigan’s two tries at the Totally Wicked Stadium, but it wasn’t enough as Adrian Lam suffered his first defeat as Head Coach.
Despite Flower acknowledging there were ‘glimpses’ of the Warriors’ new style of play under Lam, the prop stated it was individual defensive errors that caused a 22-12 defeat on Thursday night.
He said: “We didn’t stick to the game plan and you can’t do that against teams like Saints. We had 20 minutes in the first half where we were rolling up the middle and it looked effective.
“We didn’t start the second half well and it went away from us. We showed what we can do, and it was evident that it worked, but we have to stick to it at the end of the day. We didn’t deliver it.”
“It’s the first game of the season. We’re still building, and we’ve got a new process. It’s something that might take a few games to get into the swing of things.
“There were glimpses of little things we did out there that showed the style of rugby we want to play. Our individual defence let us down the most as we were sloppy and it’s something we need to look over on in the next seven days.”
Flower was pleased with the number of minutes he played and the Welshman hasn’t got any problems with the new interchange rules, as teams can only make eight substitutions in each game, rather than 10.
“I managed to knock the first 40 out, which I was happy with,” he admitted. “I had a bit of a tight calf going into the second half, but I did another 20 minutes, so I was happy enough with the minutes I played. The eight subs are not an issue for me.”
The Wigan forward was also impressed with debutants Joe Bullock and Zak Hardaker.
He added: “Joe did really well and he’s going to be a big asset for us this year. He’s a big body and he can only get better from playing regularly. It was nice to see him out there and he gave us a lift when he came on in the first half.
“Zak was great too. I think everybody knows what sort of player he is, and it was obviously nice for him to be back out playing. He had a good game and did everything right.”
Flower reinforced the Warriors’ need to respond next Friday, as Lam takes charge of his first game back at the DW Stadium against Leeds Rhinos.
On the Cherry and White faithful, Flower said: “They always get behind us. We really appreciate it as players and we’re sorry we were unable to get the win for them.”
He continued: “We need a big performance next week. This wasn’t the result we wanted. Everyone is disappointed after losing, but the boys will work hard and ultimately, we want to try and get that win next week.”
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