Defensively Sound

Defensively Sound

  • John Bateman, on Wigan’s 18-4 win over Huddersfield Giants at the DW Stadium on Friday night

  • England international says Wigan’s defence showed big signs of improvement

  • Bateman admits it wasn’t a night to be throwing the ball around

John Bateman said Wigan were happy with their defence after beating Huddersfield at the DW Stadium.

Jermaine McGillvary put Huddersfield into the lead inside 10 minutes before Anthony Gelling quickly replied to draw Wigan level. Liam Farrell sent Wigan into the sheds at half-time 10-4 up after scoring in the 36th minute.

Sam Powell added a penalty goal for Wigan midway through the second-half before Sam Tomkins sealed a solid 18-4 victory for the Warriors at the death.

Bateman, who had been ill in the build-up to the game, impressed with another hard-working performance.

Speaking after the game, he said: “We were frustrated from the Leeds game last week so we wanted to really give our all and I think we did that, you could tell from our goal-line defence.

“Defence is ultimately what cost us last week and it wasn’t a Wigan performance at all but we really improved this week and that was the main thing that got us the two points.

“They (Huddersfield) scored from a kick so they didn’t actually come through us so we’re pretty proud of that.

“When you look at what the weather was like, it wasn’t the type of game to be chucking the ball around so we kept things simple at times. Huddersfield have been flying recently and they have had some good results in the last couple of weeks so it was a decent win against them.”

Shaun Wane’s Wigan side welcome Salford Red Devils next Friday in a rematch of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final a couple of weeks ago.

Despite the game being a week before Wigan’s trip to Wembley, Bateman insists that the team will give their all against Salford.

“Salford will be coming out to get us because of the Challenge Cup semi-final a couple of weeks ago,” the England international added.

“They might think we have one eye on the Cup but we’ll definitely turn up fully focused next week on the back of a good week in training.

“We’re confident and there will be no excuses from us, we want to take the win against Huddersfield into next week and hopefully do the same against Salford.”

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