Best performance yet: Lam

Best performance yet: Lam

  • Adrian Lam says Wigan Warriors’ win over Hull KR was his side’s ‘best performance of the year’.

  • Head Coach praises both attacking and defensive effort in the 52-10 victory.

  • Warriors scored nine tries on the evening to down their Yorkshire visitors at the DW Stadium.

Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam has stated his side put on their ‘best performance of the year’ against Hull KR to win 52-10 on Friday night.

A Liam Marshall hat-trick, plus a brace from Liam Farrell and efforts from Zak Hardaker, George Williams, Oliver Gildart and Joe Burgess saw out a comfortable triumph.

The Cherry and Whites have now won their last five Betfred Super League games and move up to fourth in the table.

On the win, Lam said: “I think that was our best performance this year without a doubt, considering the names we were missing on the field. We had a couple of young boys playing in the middle.

“I think the players are enjoying their rugby, and they’re playing for each other. There was a 10-minute period where we were down to 12 men, but they played for each other and that was the highlight for me.

“I think Hull KR started well; they’ve got a lot to play for but I think our boys knew what the challenge was going to be. We set a challenge earlier in the week and I thought they responded really well.”

Lam lauded his side’s attacking efforts: “There’s been signs of it throughout the year, but not like that. I still think we can get better by making these performances more consistent each week, but it’s a happy dressing room, which is good. It has been for a few weeks now, it’s been really positive and really enjoyable.”

The Head Coach also praised Wigan’s defensive efforts on the night, as the Warriors limited KR to two scores.

“They’re hungry as a team; they’re really working for each other. We briefly mentioned the importance of having points for and against right before the end of the year, so I think that effort was much needed from us.”

The win puts Wigan within two points of third place Hull FC and that is something Lam is pleased about.

“It’s unbelievable, isn’t it? I don’t quite get it. Some score-lines are going our way at the moment, but of course we have a massive game next week (against St Helens). If we play like we did against Hull KR every week, we’re going to be hard to beat.

“It just goes to show that the Super League is a great competition. It’s great that there’s upsets and there’s so many teams in a position to go down and many teams in a position to make the top five.

“It’s not a negative in any sense, as it gives everyone an opportunity and a hope that if you turn up on the day that you can win.”

Liam Marshall scored a hat-trick on the evening, marking his 50th try in Wigan colours.

On his efforts, Lam said: “He was unlucky not to get a fourth; I think he’s benefitted from the style of attack that the boys put together.

“It’s always good to see your wingers scoring tries and racking up points like we did. It’s great for Rugby League, and Wigan fans especially, in this moment.”

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