Adrian Lam reacts to Wigan’s pre-season defeat to Leeds Rhinos
“I’m now much clearer on the team to face Warrington.” Lam
- FT | Wigan Warriors 10-22 Leeds Rhinos
Head Coach Adrian Lam expressed his lack of concern following Wigan’s pre-season defeat vs Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium.
Speaking to the media after the final whistle, Lam said, “Today wasn’t about the end result, it was about giving everyone the opportunity.
“I’ve told the players not to worry about the full time score.”
Despite the 10-22 score line, the Wigan Head Coach found plenty of positives in the performance. He explained, “Today was about getting our there. I think the first 30 minutes was outstanding.”
He continued, “I’m now much clearer on the team to face Warrington, and we’ve now got Leigh to firm that up.”
Lam also took the time to highlight players who he thought stood out.
“I thought Liam Marshall was really good on the wing, the two halves were great together in the first half, alongside Powell. I thought Bevan [French] looked exciting at times too.
“I also thought the positioning and defence of Bibby was outstanding today.”
He continued, “If that’s where French plays [full back] then he’s going to be outstanding in 2020. In training he has been really impressive.”
Looking ahead to the next pre-season fixture vs Leigh Centurions on Thursday, Lam said, “We’ve got to come up with the side for that game tomorrow So a lot of our fringe players, bench players and a couple of starters will get a crack there.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily worth playing everyone again, especially considering the long season ahead.”
The Head Coach also cleared up concerns around the potential injury to Tony Clubb, who left the field early in the first half and also George Burgess, who was not risked for the fixture.
“Clubb is fine, he took a know but he will be ok. Burgess was a precaution so he’s ready for Warrington. He had a hip knock from training.”
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