‘Recovering will be tough’

CHRIS Tuson admits it will be “tough” to recover from their World Club Challenge hangover in time to face Salford on Friday night.

Last Sunday evening’s 21-15 defeat against St George-Illawarra was a really bruising encounter.

And with the disappointment of losing the club’s record-setting fifth WCC encounter, it may have taken its toll on the players both emotionally as well as physically.

Wigan trained yesterday as they started to re-focus their attentions on the Super League encounter against Shaun McRae’s Reds at The Willows.

And Tuson said: “It’s going to be tough.

“All the lads are gutted and because we have a short turnaround, we’ve not had as much time to prepare.

“We’re all expecting a tough game, but we just need to get back into it and forget about (the WCC).”

Tuson got an unexpected call-up to the Wigan squad last weekend – his first competitive match since last September – when Stuart Fielden failed a late fitness test on his knee.

Operating off the bench, he put in a typically robust display at prop and second-row.

“I’ve not played since our friendly against Warrington (in January), and I felt it as well – I was a bit gassed towards the end,” he admitted.

“It was a really quick game. I didn’t know I was going to be playing until the day before.

“Initially I thought I might have a chance, because Precky (Paul Prescott) was struggling, he was the main doubt.

“Then he pulled through and I thought that was it, but then Stu dropped out and I got my chance.

“When I got the nod I was buzzing – it’s just a shame we didn’t get the result.

“But credit to the Dragons, their execution was unreal at times, every pass was where it needed to be and we didn’t help ourselves with our errors. We’ll look back on it and think that if we’d looked after the ball better we’d have had them.”

The Leyland-born forward had a stint on loan at Castleford last season and establishing himself in the Warriors side on his return.

In total he played in 15 matches last season and was unfortunate to drop out of the frame two weeks before the Grand Final triumph.

“Obviously I enjoyed the Grand Final with the boys but I was gutted to miss out,” he added.

“We’ll bounce back – we’ve still got three pieces of silverware to aim for.”