Amanda Wilkinson on Wigan Women’s 26-8 defeat at the hands of Leeds in The Challenge Cup Semi Final
Women miss out on a first Challenge Cup Final appearance
Warriors now have a few weeks without a game as they prepare to face Leeds again in the League
Wigan Warriors Women were beaten 26-8 by Leeds Rhinos Women on Sunday afternoon, denying them a Challenge Cup Final spot in their debut season. Head Coach Amanda Wilkinson says it is time to reflect as the Warriors reach the half way stage of their season.
On the display, Amanda Wilkinson said: “Today, if you look at the two teams we were equally as good as them on paper, but the completion wasn’t there. You can’t have all those errors.”
“We had little errors where we kept knocking on, all those times we were giving it to Leeds and they just capitalised on that.” She added: “I thought in the first half we looked like we could go on to compete, but I think the second half Leeds looked the fitter side. Lois Forsell was a key player in the fact that she was composed, well organised and I think there was definitely a difference in fitness between the two sides today. We looked tired, and we just ran out of ideas in the second half.”
The Warriors now have a few weeks without a game, allowing the team to recuperate and review before heading back on the road in the League.
“We’re half way through the season now and we’re going to use these few weeks off to do some testing, a bit of a review and look at where we’ve come from both individually and as a team and where we want to get to” Wilkinson said.
“I think it showed out there today that we’ve got somewhere that we didn’t expect to get and we looked a bit lost both physically and mentally. So, I think it’s time to reflect and restructure and finish the season off on a high.”
Wigan’s next game will come against Leeds again, as they travel to Yorkshire to play the Rhinos.
On the upcoming fixture, Wilkinson said: “It doesn’t ever look like we can’t beat Leeds. I just feel that the two games we have played against them so far that we just gave them a bit too much, defensively we were so good on our own line keeping them out but then we come up with errors or they get a penalty and it gives them yards to punish us.”
She added: “It makes that next game a bit more exciting as it’s Leeds again, they like a tough game and that is what Rugby League is about. It’s our chance to work hard and try and get our revenge on them and I’m looking forward to that challenge.”