Back to defensive best: Gildart

Back to defensive best: Gildart

  • Oliver Gildart shares his thoughts on Friday’s Betfred Super League Play-Off Qualifier win over Salford Red Devis.

  • The centre scored a try to help his side advance to the Semi-Final stage where they will face St Helens next Friday.

  • Gildart: “We were digging in for each other and put our bodies on the line - you can’t really coach that; it was outstanding.”

Oliver Gildart has stated Wigan Warriors’ victory over Salford Red Devils on Friday night was ‘one of the best defensive performances’ he has ever seen.

The centre and his side battled to a 18-12 win at the DW Stadium to progress to the Betfred Super League Play-Off Semi-Final stage, where they will face St Helens next week.

“It was probably one of the toughest games of the year,” he said. “They (Salford) probably played their best game and we weren’t at ours.

“It was tough but how we dug in at the end was one of best defensive performances I have seen. It was a massive effort.

“We worked on our defence and we got back to our old way. We were digging in for each other and put our bodies on the line - you can’t really coach that; it was outstanding.”

Gildart contributed to the triumph over Salford as he scored Wigan’s first try.

On his touch down, he said: “I found a bit of space and luckily I got through, so I was made up to score.”

The 23-year-old spoke about the Warriors’ home form, as they have now won their last 10 games at the DW Stadium, and believes his team can take their unbeaten run on the road next Friday.

“It’s a bit of a fortress. Teams don’t like coming here and playing - we always seem to go up another level. We’ve got to go away now though and put in the hard work and I back us to do it.”

The Cherry and Whites have picked up a maximum of 16 points from their last eight games, but Gildart insists his side must continue their momentum and keep focused on the job in hand to retain their Super League crown.

“We’ve got ourselves in this position now, so there is no point stopping and we need to go all the way. It’s in the back of my mind and everyone else’s mind that we’ve still got a big job to do.

“We’ve had a few days to recover and now it’s time to get ready for the big one on Friday.

“We’ve come a long way since our last meeting with Saints. We know they’ve the form team this year and it will be no easy game, but we’ve got a lot of confidence and have been the in-form team in Super League recently, so we can take a lot out of that.”

Wigan Warriors will face St Helens in Semi-Final 1 of the Betfred Super League Play-Offs on Friday 27th September. After beating Salford Red Devils in the Qualifying Round on Friday night, Adrian Lam’s men will travel to the Totally Wicked Stadium for a place in the Betfred Super League Grand Final. Tickets are on sale NOW! Get yours by clicking HERE.

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