Sam Powell looks ahead to Wigan Warriors’ next game against Hull FC at the DW Stadium.
Powell: “A win against Hull would turn an okay start into a good one.”
- Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC (DW Stadium, 23rd February, K.O. 3pm).
Sam Powell is looking forward to returning to match action as he prepares to feature in Sunday’s game against Hull FC at the DW Stadium.
The Wigan Warriors hooker has been on the side-lines in the last two Betfred Super League fixtures after being forced off the field of play, due to concussion, in the opening round against Warrington Wolves.
He said: “It’s frustrating that I’ve only played 20 minutes in three games, but that’s rugby league and sometimes it happens. I just need to make sure that I’m right when I’m back and try to be as consistent as I can.
“I’m happy to be back in full training and hopefully I can get the nod for the weekend. It’s something that I don’t want to be rushing into, as I saw a specialist last week but still didn’t feel quite right.”
So far this season, Adrian Lam’s side have won two and lost one, with Powell seeing plenty of positives.
“We’ve not played fantastic but we’re in a better position than last year, so that is a positive, and a win against Hull would turn an okay start into a good one. You have to be playing really well because anyone can beat anyone on their day now, so you have to make sure you’re playing some good rugby.”
Powell is also pleased with how some of his new teammates have settled in since arriving at the Club.
“Jackson (Hastings) has slotted in nicely, Jake (Bibby) has fitted in well and I think good things will come from big George (Burgess), so it’s decent that we’ve got people who have only just joined the Club enjoying themselves, which is important at this time of year.”
The 27-year-old knows the Warriors must be ready for the visit of Hull and utilise the time they’ve got to prepare with it being a Thursday-Sunday turnaround.
“They’re a big physical team, I’m expecting a full-on start because they’ll want to bounce back from the St Helens game. We’ve got a whole week to prepare so we need to use that to our advantage and get some good practice in to make sure we’re 100 percent ready and focused for the game.”
When the two teams met last season, both encounters were decided by only one point, in two tight matches.
“It’s always going to be a tough game because it’s two big clubs going at it, especially if both are in the right frame of mind. It’s one that I am looking forward to be a part of.”
Whilst the Warriors came away from the KCOM Stadium with a 14-15 win back in June last year, they suffered a 22-23 golden point defeat in the last meeting at the DW Stadium.
“It’s never nice going into golden point, I know it’s exciting for the fans, but it’s quite draining for the players especially after 80 minutes of playing,” Powell said.
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