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Wilkinson: "We lacked enthusiasm"

  • Wigan Women lose 12-10 against Castleford Tigers Women

  • Wilkinson says her team now need to bounce back ahead of trip to York City Knights Ladies

  • Warriors suffer first league defeat since April

Wigan Warriors Women fell to their first defeat in seven league matches on Sunday afternoon as Castleford Tigers Women beat them 12-10 at the Robin Park Arena.

An individual effort from Rachel Thompson got the Warriors ahead in the first half, but the visitors got two tries in quick succession at the end of the first period to go in ahead at half time. Wigan were held up twice in the second half to be denied, a 78th minute try from Burrows the only score of the half.

On the game, Amanda Wilkinson said: “I would say that it wasn’t our best performance, we went into training this week and there were a few errors there. We didn’t have a top-quality type of session that we needed coming into this week and preparation is key, so I suppose we played out there as we had prepared in training.”

She added: “I think we lacked enthusiasm today. It’s probably the first time that I’ve felt that this season, and you have to have a poor performance somewhere in the season. I think today we chose it to be that day.”

“There was lack of enthusiasm, as well as a bit of bug in camp, we had a few players not well today who had to play and I think you could see that they were a bit flat. We were just beat by a more enthused team.”

The Warriors were forced into some early changed, on the changes Wilkinson said: “You saw us with the ball in hand, we’re effective when we can do that, we can play and we’re a smart group of people but when you lose one of your halves against a young, athletic squad like Castleford, we ended up then looking at bringing forwards on. Our bench was quite heavily filled with forwards and that sort of play wasn’t going to work against those guys.”

On the opposition, the head coach said: “Castleford are a good side, I don’t want to give them too much but their forwards are class and there were some good hits in there, but it’s the same with ourselves, we got stuck in. We had some good individual performances.”

The Warriors now prepare for a trip on the road to York City Knights Ladies on Sunday 16th September. On the next game: “It’s all about bouncing back against York next week now. For me, because we’ve got such a good team and some really strong characters in there I would hope that they would come back and going into the next game we will do some good down the line.”

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