Greenwood on Derby win

Greenwood on Derby win

  • Former Saints man Joe Greenwood happy to spoil League Leaders planned celebrations

  • Greenwood believes there’s much more to come from Wigan and himself in season run-in

  • The second row was in devastating form down Wigan’s left-edge at the Totally Wicked Stadium

Joe Greenwood believes there’s still more to come from Wigan Warriors and himself after Friday night’s stunning 30-10 win over fierce rivals St Helens.

Greenwood was facing his former employers at the Totally Wicked Stadium for the first time since leaving for the NRL in 2016, and the 25-year old was a constant nuisance to his former side, impressing in a highly influential display down Wigan’s left edge.

“We’ve still got a lot to prove,” said Greenwood. “Our ambitions are still to push for that home play-off tie, to pick up a few wins to do that and our other one was to make sure that they (St Helens) didn’t pick up the League Leaders Shield in front of us and we did that. It’s the biggest Derby in rugby league, so to watch them lift that trophy in front us would have been pretty sickening so we’re really proud of how we’ve played tonight. There’s a few players who are leaving, so we dedicated that performance in their last Derby to them.

The second row forward was dangerous throughout a pulsating 80 minutes, making the telling offloads for two tries and a devastating break in the build-up to Dan Sarginson’s second try of the evening. Speaking after the game, Greenwood admitted that taking his place in the visitor’s dressing room was a strange experience but was happy to cross the white line and get stuck in to the Derby Day fixture.

He said: “It was strange to be honest - coming back here for the first time in nearly two years and being in the other dressing room - but it helped when I got out there as it’s always a big battle and you just get stuck in there straight away.

“I’m still getting used to how Wigan want me to play. Arriving halfway into the season when they’ve already played 20-odd games was always going to mean that I needed to adjust, get some match fitness under my belt and there’s still some detail that I need to focus on but I’m happy with where I’m at.”

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