Liam Marshall reflects on Liam Farrell’s testimonial game at the DW Stadium and praises his Wigan Warriors teammate.
Adrian Lam’s side defeated 10-22 by Leeds Rhinos on Sunday in what was their second pre-season game of 2020.
- Marshall: “Faz deserves all the accolades he’s going to get this year.”
Liam Marshall has hailed Liam Farrell as a ‘legend’ following Sunday’s testimonial game at the DW Stadium against Leeds Rhinos.
The winger was full of praise for his Wigan teammate, who is celebrating ten years since his debut this season for his hometown club.
Marshall said: “All the lads will say the same, Faz (Farrell) is a legend and is the hardest working player at the Club. He deserves all the accolades he’s going to get this year. It’s exciting for him and it’s exciting for us as we want to make this year as special as possible, both on and off the pitch.”
Despite Adrian Lam’s side suffering a 10-22 defeat at the hands of Leeds, Marshall is still positive about his team’s performance.
He said: “It’s not always about the result with these friendlies, it’s about playing well and seeing where everyone is up to. You want to earn your spot for Round 1, so all the lads had a crack in different positions, and it just gives Lammy (Lam) and the coaching staff an idea.”
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The winger was named as Man of the Match for his individual performance in the first game back at the DW Stadium in three months.
“It was good to be recognised; being voted Man of the Match must mean I did something right. Everyone was chomping at the bit to play, but me and Budgie (Joe Burgess) were the two who played 80 minutes so it’s good to be back out there.
“It has been a long pre-season; this is why we work and this is what we prepare for. It was obviously good to get a run out - I think as a whole we were pretty good and all in all pretty impressive.
The 23-year-old added: “Nothing can really prepare you for a game, you can do all the training but it’s the hits and the speed of the game that makes you better.”
Marshall is expecting more of the same heading into the final pre-season game against Leigh Centurions on Thursday night at Leigh Sports Village (K.O. 7:30pm).
“It’s a short turnaround so this week will be pretty light in training and we’ll just smash the recovery and get ready for the game. It’s another chance for people to impress, and it’s exciting that the games are coming thick and fast.
“Pre-season is the worst time to be a rugby player but it’s nearly come to an end and the games are coming back. I’m buzzing to get going.”
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