Massive in context: Clubb

Massive in context: Clubb

  • Tony Clubb reacts to Wigan Warriors’ 23-14 victory over Leeds Rhinos.

  • The 32-year-old talks about the late try he scored to seal victory at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

  • Clubb: “I’ve been on the end of a few hidings at Headingley; we never really run away with a result at Leeds so it was tough, but I’m glad we came out on the right side of it.”

Despite starting his rugby league career as a centre, Tony Clubb admitted his surprise of scoring a 30 metre try in the 80th minute on Friday night, which saw Wigan Warriors beat Leeds Rhinos 23-14.

The 32-year-old crossed over the whitewash on the sound of the hooter to seal the two points at Emerald Headingley Stadium, after Oliver Gildart and Oliver Partington also scored tries.

“When they (Leeds) kicked it, I just wanted to get hold of the ball and try to get it out but I saw a bit of space and just put a shimmy on and went round.”

He joked: “I probably didn’t score it but it’s one of those things and it’s always nice to get on the scoresheet, but the win is more important.”

Clubb believes the two points will prove to be ‘massive’ in the context of Wigan’s season, as his side now sit just two points behind fifth place Castleford Tigers.

“It was massive as we have to beat those below us; there’s ideally a four-point swing there.

“We identified this block as coming up against teams who are below us, so if we knock those off by the end of this month we could be in the top five.

Clubb in action against Leeds.

“I thought last week’s win against Hull KR was a game changer, as it could’ve swung either way and we dug ourselves out.”

Something the team worked on throughout the week prior to the game was their defensive performance, Clubb stated.

The prop forward said: “Leeds are a very unstructured team so it’s hard to put your finger on something. It was about the energy and once they throw the ball around it was about us being the first ones onto it.”

“I thought we were good in big patches. We did let in some soft tries but we addressed that at half-time and luckily enough we came out on top.

“I’ve been on the end of a few hidings at Headingley; we never really run away with a result at Leeds so it was tough, but I’m glad we came out on the right side of it.”

Clubb praised the travelling Cherry and White supporters and credited the win to them.

“They’re probably the best in the competition; they follow us wherever we need to be, in numbers as well. We are in a tough patch but they keep turning up and getting behind us, and as players we appreciate it and they probably don’t realise how valuable they are to us.”

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