Tommy Leuluai looks back on Wigan Warriors’ sixth round Challenge Cup defeat to Warrington Wolves.
New Zealander provided an assist and scored a try in the 26-24 loss at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
- Leuluai: “We had our chances to win it, but we didn’t take them. It was a really close game and I’m sure Warrington will say the same.”
Tommy Leuluai says Wigan Warriors can take ‘a lot of pride’ from their sixth round Challenge Cup defeat to Warrington Wolves on Sunday.
Wigan’s four tries from Sam Powell, Leuluai, Dan Sarginson and Zak Hardaker were not enough, as the Wire won 26-24.
Leuluai was proud of his side’s effort at the Halliwell Jones Stadium but admitted they did not do enough to advance to the quarter finals.
The half-back said: “We can take a lot of pride from it. We came up against an excellent team, but there are still some areas in our game that I think we can be a lot better in.
“We have to look at what we did wrong and be honest with ourselves. It was lost on fine margins. I thought we could have defended a lot better. There were a few soft tries we gave away.
“We had our chances to win it, but we didn’t take them. It was a really close game and I’m sure Warrington will say the same.”
Leuluai was heavily involved in Wigan’s attack and starred at scrum-half. The New Zealander set up Powell’s try with a clever grubber kick, before finding space to touch down for his side’s second.
34' TRYYYYYY! Leuluai powers over! Superb awareness by the New Zealander as he finds a gap in the Wolves line to plant the ball down over the whitewash on the right side.— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) May 12, 2019
But the Warriors were unfortunate to not go over the whitewash earlier in the first half, as Sarginson raced 60 metres down field, following a massive hit from Leuluai on Blake Austin.
“For me, I didn’t feel like I knocked the ball on. He lost the ball and I picked it up and gave it to Sarge,” Leuluai said.
“It’s been a part of my game for a long time to produce big hits like that and if the opportunity is there, I’ll take it.
“It was a good chance to put some pressure on them and it would have been a reward if the try was given off the back of it, but it wasn’t to be.”
The 33-year-old heaped praise on the Cherry and White fans who created a brilliant atmosphere at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Outstanding support from our fans today. 👏— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) May 12, 2019
It was a fine effort from the lads but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. pic.twitter.com/rY4X5SF87W
“It was great to see the fans back us too. They always support us and they’re our 18th man. We’re disappointed we couldn’t get them the result.”