Powell: Wise use of time crucial to success

Sam Powell celebrates with Dom Crosby and Taulima Tautai
Sam Powell celebrates with Dom Crosby and Taulima Tautai
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SAM Powell wishes he was playing this weekend – but says no one will ‘sit back’ as the Warriors players watch the Challenge Cup semi-final from afar.

The 23-year-old is yet to win a final, having only appeared in last season’s Grand Final loss to St Helens, and with the race to this season’s decider starting on Thursday against Huddersfield, Powell is set for a major role in Warriors’ campaign.

We came into form this time last year. That’s what rugby’s about

Sam Powell

Powell, who became a dad for the first time last week to daughter Milla, says Warriors must make the most of their blank weekend though.

“We’d definitely rather be playing in the Challenge Cup,” he said.

“But We’ll be training – it’s not in Wigan’s philosophy to sit back.

“Waney will make sure we use the week wisely. Rest up and train hard.”

Warriors signed off the regular season with a stylish 48-12 win over Hull FC last week, with Powell claiming his first try of the season.

And he thinks when Old Trafford starts to appear on the horizon is when Wigan will start to produce their best rugby – though he acknowledges there are still areas of their game to smooth over.

“Just touching our game up and addressing every little thing about it,” Powell explained when asked what areas will be worked on this week.

“We came into form this time last year. That’s what rugby’s about. Business end of the year.

“We just want to keep improving that little bit every week – make sure we go on a run and get to that Grand Final again.”