John Bateman says Wigan will always go until the end after Leeds win
Warriors trail 8-0 but comeback to win 9-8
- Late Sam Tomkins drop-goal secure win
John Bateman believes Wigan’s dramatic win against Leeds on Friday night showed that they never give up.
The Warriors won at Headingley for the first time in six years as Sam Tomkins kicked a drop-goal late on to give Wigan an 8-9 victory.
Speaking after the game, Bateman said: “We’re a team that will always fight till the end and we’re fit enough to do that in any game. I think that last week as well as this week has proven that we are an 80 minute team.”
He continued: “I’ve not won here (at Headingley) myself and I think there’s quite a few lads that have never won here as well so it’s a really good result for us.
“The score line reflected the game in truth as both sides cancelled each other out.
“Obviously it was a tough game to play in and against Leeds it was always going to be a tight game.
“I think you expect it with two good teams and when you come up against a solid team they are hard to break down and we are the same. It’s something you expect but thankfully we got the result!”
Leeds were leading 8-0 with ten minutes to go after Tom Briscoe scored a try and Kallum Watkins added two goals.
However, the Warriors fought back to level the score at 8-8 with Oliver Gildart’s try and two goals from Sam Tomkins.
Bateman said: “I felt like we had them on the ropes but Leeds always hang in there and we needed to keep on working and breaking them down and that’s what we did.
“We finally got over for the try and got the penalty to level things up and it really paid off for us.”
Full-back Tomkins then stepped up from 35 metres out with three minutes remaining to score the one-pointer which ultimately won the game for Wigan.
Bateman admitted: “To be fair I didn’t know what he was doing as it was the last tackle and he was stood in the middle of the field!
“But it was a really good drop-goal and he showed great vision and it just shows how good of a player he is.”
Wigan host Castleford Tigers at the DW next Friday and Bateman can’t wait for the anticipated clash.
He said: “It’s always a good game against Castleford and it obviously got cancelled at their place earlier on in the season so it will be good to play them for the first time in 2018.
“Two points from that game will put us in a really good position so we’ll be working hard this week and look to kick on next week.”