We’re improving: Hardaker

We’re improving: Hardaker

  • Zak Hardaker reflects on Wigan Warriors’ Challenge Cup defeat to Warrington Wolves.

  • Full-back believes his side were unfortunate to not progress to quarter finals stage at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

  • Hardaker: “We’re getting better every week and we feel that confidence in training.”

Zak Hardaker says Wigan Warriors are a ‘totally different’ side since the start of the 2019 season.

On his reflection of Sunday’s sixth round Challenge Cup defeat to Warrington Wolves, the full-back believes Wigan fans are starting to appreciate the progression under Adrian Lam.

The Warriors fell short at the Halliwell Jones Stadium with tries from Sam Powell, Tommy Leuluai, Dan Sarginson and Hardaker proving not enough, as Warrington won 26-24.

Hardaker said: “The team from when we played Warrington in Super League in March to now is totally different.

Hardaker celebrates his second half try.

“We’re getting better every week and we feel that confidence in training. I felt like we should have won the game on a few occasions. There was a lot of things that’s didn’t go our way.

“Our fans were class. They stayed at the end and clapped us off. I think they are starting to appreciate that we are totally a better team than what we were at the start.”

The Cherry and White fans in attendance at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday.

The 27-year-old shared his disappointment of being knocked out of the cup but stated there’s no time for his team to feel sorry for themselves, as focus must now turn to Super League.

“All in all it’s heading in the right direction,” Hardaker said. “It’s just a shame we lost, as we were looking forward to a Challenge Cup run.

“We have to focus on the league now though and put all of our effort into making sure it’s a successful season.”

He added: “It’s going to be a tough review on Monday (today) but we’ve got a lot to be excited about with Barcelona just a few days away.”

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