Liam Farrell looks ahead to Wigan Warriors’ next game against Warrington Wolves on Friday night at the DW Stadium.
The 29-year-old believes the game is a good opportunity to ‘prove’ themselves as a team who can go on to the Grand Final.
- Farrell: “We must take it to the next level and go a step further.”
Liam Farrell believes Friday’s game against Warrington Wolves is an opportunity for Wigan Warriors to ‘prove’ themselves as a team who can go on to win the Betfred Super League Grand Final.
The 29-year-old knows that Adrian Lam’s side must continue to improve if they want to come away with the competition’s top prize for the second year running.
“We’ve done really well to get to where we are, but now we must take it to the next level and go a step further. This weekend is a big chance for us to make a name for ourselves and prove that we are a team who can go on to win the Grand Final.”
Farrell knows how ‘important’ the game against the Wolves will prove to be, with their opponents under pressure to sustain second spot in the league table.
“They’ve got a lot to think about with the Challenge Cup final next weekend, whilst us and Hull are putting on a bit of pressure on them in the league. It makes for a big game, because we want to push them for that spot, and they want to stay up there, so it is important.”
He added: “They will be wary of what is around them. I do expect them to put out a strong team who will want to win. They will have a mindset of not wanting to pick up any injuries, but they still know they are in a position where they have to win.”
Warrington have recently added former Warriors scrum-half, Matty Smith to their ranks, as they look to strengthen in the absence of Blake Austin.
Former teammate Farrell said: “It has been a strange 12 months for him (Smith), moving out to France and now coming back and playing for Warrington. He’s been about a bit and is a very professional player, so it is a very smart move.”
Farrell believes Steve Price’s side are dangerous in all areas across the field.
“They’ve got threats everywhere. Last year they made two finals so they will want to go one better this time.”
Despite Wigan’s slow start to the season, the second row knew that the team would eventually find their form, with eight wins from their last nine league games.
“It has been pleasing and has given everyone a big boost. We’ve gone about our business quietly and we knew that eventually we would find some form, but we just need to kick on again and prove we are a top two team.”
Farrell is also in fine form too, scoring seven times in his last five games, taking his total tally in a Wigan shirt to 94 in 244 games.
“They are coming thick and fast, and I think that is surprising me more than anyone else, but I’ll take as many as I can.”
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Farrell is pleased with how the Warriors have been playing but feels they must improve on their performance in the last game against Hull KR, despite winning 36-18.
“We’ve had some pretty good wins and have been very consistent recently, but we were disappointed in the way we performed last week. Although we got the win we wanted; it could cost us a bit more in the bigger games.
“I think we approached the match with the wrong attitude and didn’t really play the way we needed to in the first half. Full credit to Hull KR, they came with some passion and energy.”
He also praised new signing Bevan French for the way he has adapted to life at Wigan, since joining the Club three weeks ago.
“He’s been really good. He’s quietly gone about his business and is training really well. Once he finds his feet his feet, he will prove to be a real threat.”