Joe Burgess praises Warriors after win over in-form Wakefield
Burgess on Wigan’s 30-18 win over Wakefield
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Joe Burgess praised the Wigan team after they beat an in-form Wakefield side at the DW Stadium on Sunday.
The winger contributed to the 30-18 win with a hat-trick, as Tom Davies and Taulima Tautai scored Wigan’s other tries.
Burgess said: “It was a real gutsy win. Wakefield are confident at the moment and that’s their first loss of the season so to beat any team who are on that kind of streak is a good achievement.
“We were a bit impatient at times but in the second half when we were patient we got our plays out at the right time and it showed when we scored.
“We expected a tough test from them. They’re a big set of lads and when we saw that Ryan Hampshire wasn’t playing, we knew they were going big with four forwards on the bench but we came away with the win and it was a really good effort.”
Three of Wigan’s tries came through Burgess and he reflected on them: “The first two were off through plays and the last one was when I found a gap and went through the line.
“I don’t think I’ve ever scored a try like that,” he laughed.
Burgess started the season behind Liam Marshall but was given a chance last week and kept his place in the side for today’s game.
He said: “It was a tough few weeks as before last week I couldn’t get in the team and Marshy (Liam Marshall) was flying but I got my chance and I scored last week and I’ve scored a hat trick today which is always good.
“It’s not only a good contest to have with Marshy on that left side but there is a contest for all of us too. Dom Manfredi will be back soon and that’s another headache for Waney (Shaun Wane) so it’s good. It keeps you on your toes and challenging for a spot in the team.”
The Warriors are now two from two at home in 2018 and Burgess is hoping to keep it that way throughout the season.
He said: “We are looking to make the DW a fortress this season, we were unbeaten at home in 2015 and we want to be feared at home again and hopefully we can get that record back this year.”
Burgess also made a special mention to the Wigan faithful as over 11,000 turned out at the DW on Mother’s Day.
“Credit to the fans – they came out in their thousands again like last week and respect to them as they really help the lads on the pitch.”