Ollie Partington reflects on Sunday’s home victory against Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium.
The 20-year old felt it was a ‘privilege’ to start his first game for Wigan.
- Partington: “The most important thing was the clean sheet.”
After making his first start for the club, Ollie Partington was pleased with Wigan’s 42-0 win over Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium.
The prop believes Sunday’s outstanding performance was a “long time coming” and that Adrian Lam’s side saw the rewards for their effort.
He said: “I think everyone wrote us off, but we got the win. I think the most important thing is the clean sheet as that’s what the coaching staff are looking for.”
The victory was extra special for the 20-year-old, as he made his first senior start for the Warriors.
Partington stated it was a “privilege” for him to be in the starting line-up and revealed he had to keep his emotions inside before kick-off.
He added: “Obviously, I was nervous going into it but it’s something that comes naturally to me, as it is what I was doing at the Under-19s every week.”
Partington wasn’t the only academy graduate in the squad, with most notably Morgan Smithies making his professional debut.
“I enjoy playing with the lads who I played with for a couple of years in the Under-19s. It was good to see Morgan (Smithies) getting his debut.”
Heading into next Friday’s game against Castleford Tigers, the prop feels his side need “more of the same” and to build on the effort they’ve put in.