Wigan’s Head Coach looks ahead to Saturday’s Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Warrington Wolves
“We need to respond.” Lam
- Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves, Betfred Super League, 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend, Anfield, K.O. 7pm
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam expects to see a response to last week’s defeat when his side face Warrington Wolves at the Dacia Magic Weekend at Anfield on Saturday (K.O. 7pm).
Lam’s side fell to a 33-16 defeat last weekend in front of a record attendance for a Betfred Super League game at the Nou Camp against Catalans Dragons.
Highlighting the defeat, Lam said, “I’ve put a lot of pressure on our players to respond to the way that we played last weekend. Everyone was disappointed, so we are looking forward to this one.”
Wigan will take on Warrington Wolves for the third year running at the Dacia Magic Weekend on Saturday. However, this time they will have something else to play for other than the two Betfred Super League points.
Tuesday saw the re-launch of the Locker Cup, a trophy that the two sides had played for in pre-season up until 1994.
On playing for the cup on Saturday: “The history between the two Clubs and this particular piece of silverware goes back a long time.
“I believe both Clubs have won it 12 times each and whoever wins this particular game will get to keep the trophy. There’s something extra to play for there.”
On whether the trophy can provide an extra incentive to the players: “I think so, although with regards to where we sit on the ladder, my priority this week is winning, getting the two points. If we get the two points we get the cup, it’s very simple.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, the Wigan Head Coach also provided updates on players who may be in doubt for the Dacia Magic Weekend through injury.
“There are probably four or five players who may not play this week. Last weekend was the first where we actually had the same team two weeks in a row; so to now lose four or five players potentially this week is disappointing.
“It’s also a massive game, we know that and whoever we pick we know will stand up and do the job. Liam Marshall is in doubt, Tommy Leuluai, Joe Greenwood, Sam Powell are also in doubt.
“We will give them right up until the captains run to be able to make sure they are fit. It’s a week where it’s backs against the wall, but we need to respond as a group, whoever pulls the jersey on.”