Adrian Lam expresses his disappointment at Wigan’s golden point loss to Hull FC at the DW Stadiu.
”We started flat and were flat through the whole game” - Lam.
- Lam highlights success of youngster Liam Byrne.
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam expressed his disappointment over Wigan’s 22-23 defeat to Hull FC at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
One of the key talking points from Wigan’s performances this season has been the team’s tempo in the opening minutes of each game, something which the Head Coach again highlighted following the defeat to Hull FC.
“We started flat and were flat through the whole game. We battled hard to get back into it at the end of the game but there wasn’t good signs there right throughout the match.”
On whether fatigue may have made an impact following the World Club Challenge, Lam explained: “The way they started it looked like there was. Another slow start again. The week’s preparations didn’t reflect any of that.”
Jarrod Sammut and youngster Liam Byrne were among the fresh faces in this week’s 17, but Lam felt that it still wasn’t enough to make the difference.
“We included a few new faces to freshen things up but we still looked flat the whole time, we just couldn’t get out of second gear.”
Hull arrived off the back of 13 straight defeats in the Super League and Lam explained how last week’s World Club Challenge may have provided the visitors with an extra incentive to grab their first win.
“They saw a scalp off the back of the World Club Challenge, but we talked to our players and I felt there attitudes were a bit down and we weren’t really true to the values of this club, hence the performance was down. And we lost.”
There were certainly some positives for Wigan to take away from the game, with Byrne’s debut try certainly proving to be the true highlight. On the 19-year-old prop’s performance, Lam said: “Obviously Liam is very young. It wasn’t great result for them (Byrne or Sammut) but I think there was some good signs there with Liam.
“We don’t want to push him too hard as he’s only a young front-rower but I’m sure he will be better from this.”
The game was the first to be decided by golden point since it was introduced into Super League in 2019. On whether it impacted the result, Lam explained: “It’s great entertainment for rugby league. Ok it’s not the best if you’re on the wrong end of it, but we had a kick to win the game and it was in our control.
“Once it went to golden point we had a plan in place but we laid at the back of the ruck on tackle four, and they got a penalty and that was it.”
Lam also went on to highlight the Wigan defence, which he believes has been particularly poor of late.
“We are all over the shop. We are training really well but we are not putting that into the games. It’s just attitude. They know how we want to defend and they do it well. But when it actually unfolds, the players are doing things we are not teaching them.”