JOE Burgess believes a “chilled out” approach has been behind his sterling form this season.
While Josh Charnley and Dom Manfredi have duelled for one wing role, the 20-year-old has been arguably Wigan’s stand-out back so far this season.
I felt I wanted to do something extra, but I didn’t need to – I just needed to do what I normally doJoe Burgess
He recovered from a scratchy start to the campaign – following news he will join NRL side Sydney Roosters next year – and is leading the Super League try-scoring charts with 19, two clear of nearest rival, Hull FC’s Tom Lineham.
And ahead of tonight’s home showdown with Widnes, Burgess said: “I was getting stick earlier this year, saying I wasn’t going to try (because of the Roosters move), but I was almost trying too hard at the start of the season.
“I felt I wanted to do something extra, but I didn’t need to – I just needed to do what I normally do.
“Now I’ve chilled out a bit, and it’s gone better.”
While he hasn’t scored in his last two games, he created a wonderful try for Liam Farrell with a measured kick through against Leeds.
“It was a perfectly-weighted scuff,” he smiled. “We’ve been practicing it in training, and luckily it came off.”
A victory for Wigan tonight will bring them back to within a point of St Helens, who went top of the table for at least 24 hours with their win over Warrignton last night.
Warriors also need the points to avoid the gap between them and Leeds widening. Leeds will go top if, as expected, they beat Salford Red Devils this evening.
And while this is the Warriors’ last fixture against a side outside the top-eight this year, Burgess is urging caution.
“Where they are at the table doesn’t mean this is going to be an easy game at all,” he
“We’ve seen this year, sometimes it’s these kind of games which can catch you out.
“We’ve got to have the right mindset on game day.