Adrian Lam's reaction - and injury update - after Wigan Warriors' friendly loss

Adrian Lam says he got what he wanted from their pre-season friendly defeat at Salford.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 6:34 pm
Sam Powell scored Wigan's first try

John Bateman made his first Wigan appearance in more than two years and Sam Powell scored their only try in a 20-6 loss.

Lam, who was without a handful of key players, said: "We played a lot of players. It wasn't the best game I've ever seen, it was difficult to get everyone some time but we ticked the boxes we wanted to tick.

"We had some young players out there too, we had two 17-year-olds playing in the second-half and I'm really proud of all of them."

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He said the major positive was that they emerged without any fresh injury concerns.

Winger Dom Manfredi missed out against Salford after jarring his thumb in training. The injury will be assessed tomorrow but he is a doubt for round one against Leigh on March 26 - as are Jai Field (back) and Oliver Gildart (groin).

Meanwhile, Lam will welcome halfback Jackson Hastings back to training tomorrow after he completed a five day quarantine period. Fellow Australian Bevan French was also given an extended period back home to be with his family.

Lam is unsure if they will play in the opener, saying: "Jackson is in for training tomorrow, we'll test him and if he's not quite right we won't consider him for round one, so that's where we're at with Jackson and Bevan is probably a week after that so we'll have to wait and see. We're in exactly the same situation for both of them, test them both and see."

Salford's new coach Richard Marshall said: "It was enjoyable, I think both teams got quite a lot out of it. The intensity was up there. Wigan are a very aggressive, forward-dominated team and we matched them in that area.

"How and where we turned the ball over was really good. But it was a friendly - we won't get carried away."