Wigan Head Coach looks ahead to Saturday’s away trip to face Catalans Dragons in the Betfred Super League
“We are excited.” Lam
- Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors, Nou Camp, Barcelona, K.O. 3:30pm BST
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam believes the Nou Camp could feel close to a home game on Saturday with so many Cherry and White fans expected to be travelling to Barcelona to see his side take on Catalans Dragons.
The unique Betfred Super League fixture will see Wigan Warriors, the reigning League champions, face the current Coral Challenge Cup holders in one of the world’s most iconic sporting venues.
On the fixture, the Wigan Head Coach said, “We are excited about the massive venue over there, It’s looking like it’s going to be a record-breaking crowd.
“I think they are expecting over 25,000 fans over there, I know some of my friends are travelling over from Australia. With over four thousand Wigan fans travelling over, we just want to perform for them.”
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Wigan head into the game off the back of three-straight wins in the Betfred Super League. However, Lam’s side sit four points and four places behind the Dragons who have won three of their last five in the competition.
“It’s a massive game for us because they are sitting joint third and we need to climb the ladder. It’s a must win for us.
“They’ve got a couple of Ex-Wigan boys over there. So, we will have to work hard to stop them from playing well.”
The Dragons have traditionally been strong when playing on home soil, however, Lam detailed how things may be a little different this weekend in Barcelona.
“Whenever you’re travelling to play Catalans away it’s always difficult They’ve got to travel away a couple of hours down the road so it’s not a home game for them, but I feel it could be our home game as well because we’ve got enough supporters travelling in the Cherry and White colours to make it feel like our home game.”
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On last weekend’s defeat to Warrington: “We’ve improved ever so much over the last four weeks and I think we are in a new place performing as a team I’m looking forward to how we respond this weekend against Catalans.
“We are half way through the season, we’re not where we want to be in the ladder. What’s been good is that senior players have come back, there is a lot of positivity in the camp and we are going to have the opportunity to have the same team for a number of weeks in a row now.”
Onto injury news and the Head Coach provided updates on two players who are nearing a return.
He said, “Obviously Dom Manfredi and Tom Davies are out for the season, but Liam Farrell will be available in the next three weeks and Jarrod Sammut in the next two weeks.”