Joe Burgess reflects on Wigan’s 30-20 defeat to Wakefield Trinity at The Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Winger claimed a hat-trick and his 100th career try on Friday night.
Burgess: “We need to step up, not just one gear but two or three in our defence.”
Joe Burgess was left feeling ‘frustrated’ after Wigan Warriors’ 30-20 defeat to Wakefield Trinity on Friday night.
The winger grabbed a hat-trick and scored his 100th career try, but came away feeling displeased after his sides defeat.
“We know we can score tries but we just leave it until the last twenty minutes,” he said. “Our defence is not good enough; it was almost deja vu from last weeks as they started rolling us and scoring try after try, so we need to work on resetting after the opposition score.”
The Warriors we’re leading after 35 minutes but conceded three times in the remaining four minutes of the first half.
Burgess said: “It was an arm wrestle in the whole of the first half and we got ourselves ahead but then we conceded those tries. We can’t do that with teams like St Helens coming up.”
On the positive of getting a hat-trick, his 100th career try and eight tries in three games, the 24-year-old revealed his pleasure but stated his focus on stopping the opposition as well.
“We gave away two tries on my edge, so we still need to work on that. Credit to Oliver Gildart and George Williams for putting me in for my tries.
“In the first few games, I was making rusty errors but with four games under my belt it gave me confidence, which I can hopefully take into the next few games when it matters.
“To get 100 is a big achievement. It’s a big confidence booster to kick on from here.”
Heading into the Good Friday Derby next week, Burgess admitted it’s a one off game and the form doesn’t go in to it.
“Good Friday is Good Friday, it doesn’t matter how we have been playing in recent weeks as it’s different. We all know we need to put our bodies on the line and step up, not just one gear but two or three in our defence.
“We need five or six wins on the bounce to turn this period around, as two wins and two loses is inconsistent. If we can get two wins on Friday and Monday and one more the week after then we can kick on from there.”