Lam delighted with first win

Lam delighted with first win

  • Adrian Lam was left delighted with his first Super League win as Warriors Head Coach

  • Praises George Williams and Joe Bullock’s involvement in the 34-16 win

  • Believes that the win puts them in good confidence ahead of World Club Challenge

Wigan Head Coach Adrian Lam says he was delighted to get the first win on the board as his side put in a good performance against Leeds Rhinos to win 34-16 on Friday night.

Lam highlighted that after last week’s defeat, the win was important going forward: “I’m delighted to get the first win on the board. It’s a little bit of pressure off us, but I think what was important for us tonight was to respond from the performance last week, and more importantly build some confidence going into the World Club Challenge. When I saw the pouring rain I was worried but thankfully the weather held out a bit and the field was dry enough for us to do that.”

He added: “I thought our attack was only a six or seven out of ten and we missed a lot of opportunities but we need to walk before we can run, so that was the pleasing part about tonight’s win.”

Dan Sarginson got Wigan’s first of the night, but went off after the half time break after sustaining an injury: “Dan rolled his ankle, we assessed him at half time and he was going to go back out there but it blew up a little bit, with a bit of fluid so with next week in mind we thought it’d be best to pull him off and make sure he’s okay for next weekend.”

“He’s a doubt, but we’ve got a nine day turn around, so that’ll suit him.”

Lam pinpointed George Williams involvement in the game: “I’m happy for George. I worked hard with him during the week, I just thought he was a bit confused last week with the way I wanted him to play and I met with him a couple of times and made it clear to him how it was to be. He played on both sides of the field tonight which was excellent, and that’s how he is going to become a better player.”

“He ran a lot more with the ball in hand this week and that’s something we’ve worked on. That was the disappointing thing about last week, we didn’t play any rugby last week and I was disappointed because we spent three months training that and we didn’t get on, we were more on tonight and there’s more to come.”

The Warriors head coach was also full of praise for Joe Bullock, who scored on his home debut: “I’m not surprised at the way Joe Bullock has settled into the team. When you think about the systems we have here at Wigan, it just gives confidence to the way that our recruitment drive is and obviously when players come into the club, they’re identified and they’re the right ones at the moment.”

“I guess the surprise part with Joe (Bullock) is that he was a winger, he’s front row now and he’s still really raw, so the exciting part is that in two years’ time, who knows where he’s going to get to. Wigan have got him long term at the moment and he’s getting better every week. He’s got a great head on him, so he’s only on the way up.”

Lam also jested: “Benny Flower doubling his try scoring record from 2018 to two, so we’re happy about that too.”

The Warriors now look ahead to the World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters on Sunday 17th February. On the fixture, Lam said: “We hadn’t even spoken about the Roosters until today in the dressing room before kick-off. That was all about making sure we got some confidence out of tonight’s match so that we can run that into the extended week. We know what they are, they’re a classy outfit, luckily if anyone knows them, it’s me. We’ve got to play better than what we did tonight but there were some great signs going forward.”

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