Try scorer Sam Powell on an emotional evening at the DW Stadium
Warriors’ influential playmaker pays tribute to teammate Dan Sarginson
- Powell already looking ahead to mouth-watering clash against Warrington
Sam Powell said the two points were the most important against Wakefield at the DW Stadium on Thursday night after what has been an emotional week for the Club.
Following the passing of Dan Sarginson’s brother Adam last weekend, Powell admitted that the players wanted to go out on the field and do it for their teammate and in memory of his brother.
Powell said: “It’s been an emotional week so the two points were more important than anything else.
“Sarge (Dan Sarginson) put his hand up and he put the team first so that’s massive for us and we needed to pay him back for it.”
Wigan took a 25-10 victory after two tries in both halves, added by four goal conversions and a drop goal from Sam Tomkins.
“It was a bit scrappy for us,” Powell said.
“Waney (Shaun Wane) said we needed the win and that’s what we’ve got. It’s a good momentum builder but it’s more important that we build on the performance. We weren’t great but we’ll rest up now as we’ve got a long layoff and then we’ll fly into next week.
“They’re (Wakefield) a good team. They’ve got a good coach and they play good structures and shapes too so we had to be on top of our defensive game and we did that. I thought we lacked a bit of patience with them that’s all.”
Powell got on the scoresheet in the first half as he scooped from dummy half to force himself over the whitewash. Oliver Gildart, Morgan Escare and Joe Greenwood got Wigan’s other tries to seal the win.
On the back-line partnership, Powell said: “I’m in the middle now between Tommy (Leuluai), George (Williams) and Sam (Tomkins) playing the shapes and I try to get us on the front foot.
“It’s working well so we’ve got to keep building and we don’t have long now until the end of the year and not many matches left so it’s important we keep on picking these wins up.”
The Warriors are still unbeaten in the Super 8s after four wins from four. Wigan host Warrington next Friday in Round 5 and Powell is looking forward to the intriguing clash.
“It will be a tough game. We’re against some good old friends so it’s always a tasty one and we’ve got them here at the DW so that’s an advantage for us but they’ll want to come here and spoil the party as they’re a bit behind us so it’s one that we’ll have to be on top on and I’m sure it’s going to be a great atmosphere so I can’t wait!”
Wigan host Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium on Friday 14 September, kick-off 7.45pm. Tickets are available starting from £22 for adults, £16 for concessions with juniors from £10. Members are entitled to £2 off adult tickets and £1 off concession and junior tickets.
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