Burke: Errors are not acceptable

Greg Burke
Greg Burke

GREG Burke insists youth is no concession for errors as Wigan prepare for the visit of Widnes tomorrow (Saturday).

Warriors coach Shaun Wane blamed a string of individual errors for their 18-14 loss at Leeds last weekend.

His side are in front of the Sky Sports cameras again, with Burke among a clutch of youngsters who will get another chance to strengthen his Super League credentials.

Showing maturity beyond his years, the 20-year-old says he is demanding the same standards of himself as any of the experienced players in the team.

The imposing back-rower said: “I don’t want to be in a game where I mess up and people can say, ‘Oh, it’s alright, he’s a young lad’.

“I don’t like that mentality – if I’ve messed up, I want to be treated like anyone else who messes up.

“I hold my hand up and admit I made mistakes against Leeds.

“Some young kids might go into it with that mentality of ‘I’ll do alright, and if I make a mistake it’s because I’m young’.

“But that’s not what I’m about and it’s not what Wigan and Shaun are about.

“I’m my biggest critic and if I nmess up, it’s not acceptable.

“If you’re playing a Super League game, you’re a Super League player – there are no excuses for any errors.”

Burke could be asked to play a stint at prop tomorrow after Gil Dudson was ruled out with a broken hand.

With Epalahame Lauaki (injury) and Tom Spencer both left out of the 19-man squad, Burke would seem the most obvious choice to provide cover in the front-row, having made his six Super League appearances so far in the second-row.

“I’m happy wherever I’m wanted,” he said. “It can only help my chances of getting in the side.”