Adrian Lam reflects on Wigan Warriors’ 23-14 victory over Leeds Rhinos.
Head Coach says he is ‘proud’ of the team.
- Lam: “The first half was probably our best of the season.”
Adrian Lam says he was proud of his side after Wigan Warriors triumphed to victory against Leeds Rhinos at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Friday.
The Head Coach stated the 23-14 win was ‘really important’ in the context of Wigan’s season, as the Cherry and Whites are now two points behind fifth place Castleford Tigers.
Tries from Oliver Gildart, Oliver Partington and Tony Clubb, plus three conversions and two penalties from Chris Hankinson saw the Warriors take the points.
“There was a fair bit of pressure on us and I think the players understood that,” said Lam.
“We knew it would go down to the wire so we were prepped for that. I’m pretty proud of the team. To be able to win these tight games at this time of the year is credit to the players.”
Lam spoke proudly of Wigan’s first half performance, which saw them go into the break with a narrow three-point lead.
“I thought the first half, bar the last error, was probably our best of the season. It was more like the team we wanted to be and it was the best example of how we want to play.”
He added: “I’m proud of the players for having that desire and hunger; we are coming together nicely.”
After falling behind in the second half, Oliver Partington scored his first senior try to put the Warriors back in front.
Along with Morgan Smithies, Lam stated: “I’m excited about them, they are the players who will take this Club forward.
The boss also praised his senior players: “In the first 40 minutes, Sean O’Loughlin was probably the best he’s played this year, and with Sam Powell in the centre they were outstanding.”
On Hankinson, Lam said: “We needed a goal kicker and he is probably our best one-on-one defender as well.”
Despite his side moving closer to the top five, Lam isn’t focusing on the Betfred Super League table.
“I’m not one to look at the ladder every week but we talked about being in control of our week-to-week performance, and I’m sure if we do that, the ladder will take care of itself.”