No more errors, says Finch

Brett Finch celebrates scoring on his debut
Brett Finch celebrates scoring on his debut

NEW-boy Brett Finch says Wigan need to cut out the errors if they are to beat Leeds this weekend.

The former Melbourne stand-off had a baptism of fire on Friday night.

In his first game in more than six months, Finch started at stand-off and played most of the game in a 24-6 humbling by Warrington at the DW Stadium.

While praising Wolves’ performance, Finch concedes that Wigan were at times their own worst enemy as an error-littered display prevented them from pressuring their opponents’ line.

The Australian said: “They played extremely well, close to the perfect game.

“On the other side of the coin, our errors really hurt us.

“At half-time we spoke about not playing to our best we were still in the match, but unfortunately we dropped too much ball and gave them too many opportunities.

“Credit to them, they forced us into errors but we are really looking forward to playing next week. The boys have been playing really well and this is just a hurdle along the way.”

Finch scored Wigan’s only try in the game – following up his own grubber kick – and was in enthusiastic in marshaling the players.

But his combinations with his team-mates will take time to build, while his own individual form will surely improve with the more game-time he gets under his belt.

Finch missed Wigan’s early-season matches because of a neck operation, meaning his last match at any level was for Storm last September.

On scoring on his Wigan debut, he said: “I’ll take them whenever I can get them, I’m off the mark but I would have swapped it for a win.

“It always hurts when you lose but we know we can play a lot better than that.

“We’ll be looking to improve for next week.”

With half-back Paul Deacon likely to be sidelined for at least another week as a precaution over a head knock, Finch is likely to get the starting role for Friday’s trip to Rhinos.

Maguire will also have two extra forwards to select from – Joel Tomkins is back after a two-game suspension and Liam Farrell should be fit after missing out last Friday with a slight leg injury.