Pleasing Performance

Pleasing Performance

  • Wigan Warriors Reserves Head Coach, Matty Peet, on Wigan’s 42-28 win over Halifax

  • Reserves beat Championship side Halifax 42-28 at Ovenden Park on Sunday afternoon

  • Several players impress Peet

Reserves Head Coach Matty Peet said he was pleased with Wigan’s performance following their 42-28 victory at Halifax.

Wigan took the lead through Craig Mullen but Martyn Reilly hit back for Halifax. Two from Liam Paisley and one from Jack Higginson put Wigan 22-6 up before Conor McGrath scored for Fax. Higginson’s second saw Wigan lead 28-12 at the break.

Jordan Syme and Joslin Landu scored for Halifax just after half-time but Liam Marshall scored two tries to extend Wigan’s lead. Sam Smith then pulled one back for the hosts before Higginson completed his hat-trick to seal a 42-28 victory for his side.

Speaking after the game, Peet said: “It was a pleasing performance. The lads did themselves proud in their last game of the year.

“They played some really good attacking stuff. Perhaps from the outside it looked like we overplayed at times but we encourage the lads to throw the ball around a bit. We conceded an interception try so you could say it backfired but we came with the mindset to play some expansive rugby and I was pleased with some of the skill on show.

“Our halves controlled the game well. Woodsy (Josh Woods) looks better for his time at Swinton and Gabe Fell got on the end of a lot of plays. Higgy (Jack Higginson) did well and got three tries, Liam Paisley cut a few good holes down the edges.

“I thought both of our back-rowers were punchy and Marshy (Liam Marshall) and Craig Mullen provided some cutting edge. Ollie Partington and Kyle (Shelford) got through a lot of work as well.”

Halifax are the only club in the Championship to run a Reserve-grade but they have mixed it up with the Super League teams this year.

And Peet said that he was impressed with the work that is being done at the club.

The England Academy Assistant Coach added: “A special mention must go to Halifax, who as a Championship side, have been very competitive at Reserves level and Martin Gonzalez who runs their Reserves setup is doing a great job so they have definitely added something to the Reserves this year.”

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