Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam reacts to his side’s 46-16 victory over Wakefield Trinity.
Cherry and Whites score eight tries on Thursday night to see off the Yorkshire visitors.
- Lam: ”I was really proud of them.”
Head Coach Adrian Lam expressed his delight at the performance of his young Wigan Warriors side as they comfortably beat Wakefield 46-16 on Thursday night.
With a number of senior players missing through injury, Lam was forced to name a youthful side that included a debut for 18-year-old Academy product Ethan Havard.
A Liam Farrell hat-trick, plus tries from Zak Hardaker, Willie Isa, Jarrod Sammut and Oliver Gildart saw the Cherry and Whites return to winning ways in the Betfred Super League, after last week’s loss to St Helens.
On the performance, Lam said: “We completed our first ten sets of the game which is outstanding. High stats with high completions and low penalties - I was really proud of them.
“I think this is a period of the season where we wanted to try and be playing our best rugby and I think we are close to that. We’ve just got a bit to do.”
Young prop forward Havard was someone the boss was keen to praise as he made his first appearance for Wigan, coming off the bench in the second half at the DW Stadium.
“He was excellent. I watched him in the schoolboys against Australia last year and thought he was one of the best players on the field.
“I wanted to see him at some stage this season in the first team, but it probably wasn’t meant to be this early.
“You can see that he’s got the right size, which is hard to find. He’s also got great footwork. He’s got to get through the season in the Under-19s and join us at the end of the year for pre-season. I’m looking forward to seeing where he can get to with a full off-season.”
🥁 After making his debut for the Club, @ethanhavard7 takes to the drum!— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) July 18, 2019
😮 31st player to play for @WiganWarriorsRL this season
👊 8th debutant this year
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Lam also bestowed complements on a few other young players in the Wigan 17 on Thursday night.
“The minute that (Morgan) Smithies played, it was like we’ve got something special. Ollie (Partington) has been a work in progress in terms of where he’s been and where he is today. It’s been an unbelievable improvement.
“Picking him every week has been a shining light for the Club.”
With all three young players coming through the Wigan youth system, Lam was keen to point out the good work done by the Academy coaches.
“I want to give a lot of credit to our scouts and junior coaches in our Academy; it certainly makes my job easier. They do all the hard work - I just have to pick them.
“There’s plenty more of these young lads coming through and my philosophy is to get them into our squad as quickly as possible.”
On hat-trick hero Farrell, Lam stated: “He was great for us. Him on that left side with George (Williams) was pretty good. I thought he was a little off his game last week so we had a little chat during the week and I knew he’d respond and play well this week.”
The Head Coach also provided an update on Joe Bullock, who was ruled out earlier this week with a knee injury.
“It’ll be between five and eight weeks but it could be more. We will see how that goes.”