Joe Greenwood types up his seventh blog of the year.
Second row provides updates from inside the Wigan camp in the bi-weekly feature, ‘Joe Blogs’.
- Greenwood shares his thoughts on recent results, young talent and answers your fans’ questions collected from Instagram.
Writing in his seventh blog of 2019, Joe Greenwood looks back on a busy Easter period and answers your questions, as he tells a story of how his bond with fellow teammate, Tom Davies came about.
Hello everyone, how are you all?
Looking back at the defeat to Wakefield Trinity two weeks ago, we sought of stuck with it and then we had a blip, something which has been a reoccurrence this season; we can’t put our finger on why it is. We have started really well in recent games and then we seem to take our foot off the gas and only put it back on again in the last ten minutes.
In the St Helens game, we obviously lost a few lads through injury, which didn’t help us. We started with a high tempo, but Saints got a few easy tries and that’s when the game took its toll on us. We didn’t look after the ball enough and when they had it, they were clinical. We did too much defending and it killed us off in the end.
In recent weeks, we have lost Dom Manfredi and Tom Davies with season-ending injuries. Rugby league is a cruel game at times, and we all feel for them. They’re great players and great people.
Dom is in good spirits and hopefully after he’s had his operation, he will come back fitter and stronger. Tom is having his operation this week and hopefully he can do the same and get back on the road to recovery.
Because of the key personnel out, a lot of young lads have stepped in.
Amir Bourouh came off the bench on Monday against Salford Red Devils and sparked the game for us. He got us on the front foot straight away by winning a penalty and it will give him confidence going forward.
It’s the same with Joe Shorrocks and Morgan Smithies too, as they are getting that First Team experience and taking the opportunity with both hands.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks but no better feeling getting back to winning ways with these lads. Stick with us we will come out the other end strong 💪🏼. What a debut too from @bourouh_amir too 🔥🔥. We go again next week 🍒⚪️ pic.twitter.com/cSsLlmks5h— Joe Greenwood (@Joey12g) April 23, 2019
I managed to get over for a couple of tries which is nice. It felt like we had learned from the previous games where we have gone ahead and ended up losing the game.
We kept cool and sealed the win, but we need to make sure we don’t put ourselves in that situation again and put teams away by playing for the full 80 minutes.
72' TRYYYY! @Joey12g muscles his way over the line once again! Wigan go down the left side and Greenwood manages to stretch a hand out to score. Hardaker misses the kick so it stays 26-24.— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) April 22, 2019
🔴👹 26-24 🍒⚪️
Lammy (Adrian Lam) spoke to us about the two upcoming home games against Castleford Tigers and London Broncos and seeing them as a chance to get a good role on to build momentum for the rest of the season.
There’s a lot of confidence around the camp and hopefully we can kick on from here.
Let’s take a look at some of the questions you, the fans, sent in on Instagram for this week’s blog…
Emily Macrdle - What made you get in to rugby league?
My grandad got me into rugby league, as he used to play for my amateur club and I followed in his footsteps. I started playing when I was five-years-old and from there I played for Saddleworth Rangers ARLFC from the Under-8s to the Under-18s.
Alex Reeve – What is the best moment of your career so far?
I’ve got two! The first one is making my debut for my country (England) last year and the second one is winning the Grand Final with Wigan.
Regan Ireland – How different is it under Adrian Lam than it was under Shaun Wane?
Under Lammy, we’re looking at the skill side of rugby. We do a lot of technical defence with Mick Cassidy and Lammy has brought variations of attacking structures. Waney was focused on defence and he didn’t beat around the bush, as everyone knew he was a tough player himself.
We’re scoring a lot of points, but we need to get back to defending as well as we can and it’s about getting that balance.
Dan Jenkinson – Why did you choose to sign for Wigan?
There is a lot of history at the club. It was an easy decision after I spoke to Ian Lenagan and Kris Radlinski about their visions for the future. I wanted a fresh started coming back from Australia and Wigan have always been there or there about at the top.
Jacob Boyd – Who is the funniest player in the Wigan squad?
Tom Davies. He’s not your most normal person, to say the least! We get along really well and every morning we come in and talk about random things. We bounce off each other and have little sayings/quotes that probably no one else gets.
When I first turned up for training last year, I went into the physio room and Tom was there. I was sat next to him and he looked up at the lights and noticed that they weren’t in line with each other.
He said: “Those lights are annoying me.” He likes to have everything perfect and he has his own little routines. The funny thing is, he doesn’t know it.
Everyone takes the mick out of him, but he always has something to fire back. Ben Flower, Joe Burgess are up there too, as well as Liam Marshall when he just sings randomly!
That’s all for this week.
As ever, thank you all for your loyal support! See you at the DW on Saturday!