Dug deep: Hankinson

Dug deep: Hankinson

  • Chris Hankinson looks back on Wigan Warriors’ 23-14 triumph over Leeds Rhinos.

  • The centre kicked three conversions and two penalties at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

  • Hankinson: “In our overall performance, we really dug deep and it showed in our defence”.

Chris Hankinson shared his delight of contributing ten points to Wigan Warriors’ 23-14 win over Leeds Rhinos, calling his kicking game a ‘blast from the past’.

Whilst previously playing for Barrow Radiers and Swinton Lions, the centre was the regular kicker for both sides and on Friday night for Wigan, he kicked three conversions and two penalty goals to take his team to victory at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

The 25-year-old said: “We really wanted the win and knew how important it was to get it. “I was glad I brought my kicking boots, it was a blast from the past.

“In our overall performance, we really dug deep and it showed in our defence. There may have been moments where we lost concentration, but we scrambled well and showed the desperation that we really wanted to come out with the two points.”

Hankinson described the match as a ‘four-point game’ and emphasised the importance of the win, with both sides battling it out at the lower end of the Betfred Super League table.

“It’s two points for us and two less for them. We know where they are in the table and we know what we need if we want to be up near the top, so it’s a big win.”

Hankinson alongside Sean O’Loughlin at full-time.

Looking ahead, he believes the Warriors can build on the result and create more momentum towards the latter stages of the season.

“We were a lot more disciplined in our sets, in terms of executing them, so we know we can put teams under pressure. We did let them (Leeds) into the game through penalties so we will clear that up in the week.”

“There’s been a few inconsistent teams but we’re starting to build momentum and we can take some confidence away from the game and get another two points against Huddersfield Giants next week.”

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