George Williams admitted Wigan Warriors had the perseverance to fightback from their opening defeat to beat Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium on Friday night.
The half-back’s instrumental performance saw him score a try and set up two, as Adrian Lam got his first Super League win as Wigan Head Coach.
And Williams was relieved that his side responded from last week’s loss at St Helens and dug deep for Lam.
He said: “It was a good win. We were scratchy last week and to be honest I thought it led into this week in the first 20 minutes. We weren’t that good, and we let them score early on.
“We showed great character to come back and win. There’re more promising signs. We let him (Lam) down last week and we weren’t where we needed to be. He’s been great all pre-season with what he’s taught us, so it was nice to get him off the mark.”
Williams was a stand-out after gaining two assists for Dan Sarginson and Joe Greenwood in the first half, before powering his way over for one of his own in the second 40.
Ben Flower, Joe Bullock and Liam Farrell also got on the scoresheet to contribute to Wigan’s 34-16 victory.
“They were just little kicks,” Williams smiled as he spoke about his two assists. “Sarge (Sarginson) and Joe (Greenwood) got on the end of them and did well to finish them off, but I’ll take a bit of credit.
“I think it’s a good job I did score the try because I should have passed to Gilly (Oliver Gidart) as he was free on the left edge. I found a way to get over though and it was nice to get off the mark in the new season.”
With the new Super League changes, including the ‘shot clock’, Williams believes the game has improved in pace – something he thinks is advantageous to his team.
He stated: “We’re not the biggest of sides so the quicker it is, the more beneficial it is to us. We’ve got some fast outside backs and when it dries up a bit more in the summer, the game will be even quicker.”
Williams also commentated on next Sunday’s World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters and revealed his excitement for the week ahead.
“It doesn’t get much better, does it? Sydney Roosters at the DW Stadium is what dreams are made of for a Wigan lad. We played Cronulla in 2017 and nobody backed us then and it’s probably the same again for next Sunday. It’s a tough challenge on our hands but we’re looking forward to it.”
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