Head Coach previews Betfred Super League clash with Huddersfield Giants.
Lam: “We are pretty happy to be moving in the right direction and playing more consistently.”
- Huddersfield Giants vs Wigan Warriors, Friday 21st June, John Smith’s Stadium, K.O. 7:45pm.
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam believes there is a ‘good vibe’ in the squad following back-to-back wins as they prepare to face Huddersfield Giants on Friday.
Lam’s men head into the Betfred Super League clash fresh off the back of beating Leeds Rhinos last week. On the result, Lam explained: “The boys hung in there and ground out the win. I thought the first half was our best half of rugby with the ball; even without scoring many points, it was more of the shape which we’ve been looking for.
“We hung in there towards the end of the game and defended together. They had set after set on our line, so I was proud of our players being really tough.”
On the squad’s progression: “We are pretty happy to be moving in the right direction and playing more consistently. I’ve challenged the players this week to be even better.”
One of the most talked about moments of the victory over Leeds has been Tony Clubb’s last minute try. The Head Coach highlighted the fun it has provided within the squad.
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“We watched it back in the team meeting the day after, it was certainly a ‘no try-try’. We had a good laugh about it and he’s very much a popular member of the side.”
Wigan travel to the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday to face a Huddersfield side who came out on top last time the two sides faced off back in March.
Much like in March, the Yorkshire side head into the Betfred Super League tie off the back of a number of defeats. Despite this, Lam expects a tough encounter.
On Huddersfield: “They are coming off the back of two losses but they are a good team. They play for each other and will hang on in there. If you’re not up to your game, they will certainly upset your rhythm.
“We have a lot of respect for them because they are a big side with some senior players in there that carry the ball really strong. We know we are going to have our hands full.
“There is a good vibe here in the group. There is belief coming into the squad and plenty of confidence. We are hoping to go there and have a good, tough win.”
In injury news, Lam highlighted the players likely to miss out this weekend. He said: “There are some injury concerns with Dan Sarginson. It looks like he is unlikely to play at the moment but we will see how he pulls up after today.
“He’s got a couple of niggly injuries; his shoulder, which he hurt early on in the game against Leeds. There’s also his back, his groin and his head. He’s one of the hardest workers in Super League and I imagine he sleeps well but his body is pretty sore so it might be a week that we don’t risk him.
“There is also some doubt over Tommy Leuluai and there won’t be any Ben Flower this week.”
There were also a positive on the injury front with Lam expecting two players to return for selection after short spells on the sidelines.
“We are getting a few players back in Joe Greenwood and Zak Hardaker, so that will certainly help us as well.”