Assistant Coach John Winder previews Wigan Warriors’ opening two games of pre-season.
Adrian Lam’s No.2 believes the games against London Skolars and Leeds Rhinos will give the side a ‘benchmark’ ahead of the new campaign.
- Winder: “Everybody is ready for a game now, both staff and players are really looking forward to these two matches.”
Assistant Coach John Winder believes Wigan Warriors’ opening pre-season games will give the team a ‘benchmark’ as they gear up for the new campaign.
Winder says the fixtures against London Skolars and Leeds Rhinos this week will be a good indicator of where the team is at ahead of their Betfred Super League clash against Warrington Wolves at the end of the month.
He said: “Everybody is ready for a game now, both staff and players are really looking forward to these two matches. It has been a long ten weeks pre-season and the boys have trained very hard and these games will give us a benchmark.
“It is all about testing out a few combinations and just looking at where the guys stand currently. There will be a mixture and balance in both games of giving the experienced lads enough time to prepare for the opening game and giving the junior lads some exposure.”
Adrian Lam’s No.2 sees the 2020 Capital Challenge against London Skolars, which takes place at the Honourable Artillery Company ground on Friday (K.O. 2:15pm), as a platform for the younger members of the squad.
“It is a fantastic game, everyone at the Club looks forward to it as it is a real unique experience, and over the last seven years we have seen some really good performances in that fixture. History tells us that lads who play well go on to do well.
“I remember Anthony Gelling playing well in that game and going on to have a good year; Dom Manfredi is similar. It is a really good stepping stone.
Two days later, the Warriors return to the DW Stadium to face Leeds Rhinos for Liam Farrell’s testimonial match.
“Faz is a stalwart of the Club. He has been here for a long time - to play ten years at the top level is a remarkable achievement and is something that needs to be celebrated.
“To give him a game like Leeds is a real endorsement of the type of player and character he is. They’ve had two games already so it will be a really good test for us, and I think the DW will be packed.”
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