Adrian Lam finds positives in Wigan defeat to St Helens
Praises performances of debutants Joe Bullock and Zak Hardaker
- Believes that the recent points deduction did not impact on his side’s performance
Wigan Head Coach Adrian Lam believes that there are plenty of positives to take from their opening round defeat to St Helens despite the result (22-12).
Lam pinpointed the opening quarter as a key moment in the overall result. He said, “Being on the defensive for the first 20 minutes really took the gas out of us. Also when we started the second half, it was like we were in slow motion.”
The Head Coach also said that an injury to Tony Clubb early in the first half didn’t make things much easier. “I knew at some stage we’d run out of legs in the second half after losing forwards in the first half.”
Lam highlighted that Wigan’s kicking must improve also. He said, “It’ was a bit of an issue tonight, I’ll address that this coming week.”
Despite St Helens taking control in the opening exchanges, the Warriors battled their way back into the fixture and went in at the break 12-all thanks to tries from Ben Flower and Liam Marshall. Praising his side for the turn around he said, “It showed the courage of the side to get back into the game before half time.”
Despite the result, Lam made it clear that there were plenty of positives to take from the opening fixture of the season.
He said, “There’s heaps to encourage me from particular points in the match. Individual performances were the highlight for me, I think Joe Bullock was sensational. I’m excited to see his progress this season.”
And also Zak (Hardaker), just to get through the game, I’m really happy. He’s only played one trial game, and that’s nothing compared to a Super League game versus St Helens.”
On the news of Wigan’s points deduction earlier this week, Lam said, “The timing of the points deduction wasn’t good, but we talked about it with the players and I don’t think it affected the result.”
The Wigan Head Coach also cleared up a couple of injury concerns for the side from both the game and earlier in the week. He said, “Tony Clubb got a whack to the mouth, he’s got 12 stitches but he should be ok.”
“Dom Manfredi – he’s fighting and aiming to make the World Club Challenge in a couple of weeks.”