Adrian Lam's reaction to Wigan Warriors' 34-6 win against Wakefield Trinity
Wigan coach Adrian Lam hailed the tryscoring heroics of winger Jake Bibby but was more delighted for centre Willie Isa, who made his 150th appearance for the club in the 34-6 win over Wakefield.
Bibby scored his first Super League hat-trick and took his try tally in the first two games to five as the Warriors overcame another sluggish start in style by scoring 34 unanswered points.
Lam was forced to play Isa and fellow second rower Liam Farrell in the centre spots in the absence of five outside backs and both men made valuable contributions to the victory, with the coach revealing the players were determined to mark Isa's landmark appearance in a fitting fashion.
"The whole performance tonight was set up around making sure we got the win for him to reward him for his time so far at the club," Lam said.
"Willie's been promoted into our leadership group this week. He was selected by his peers which says everything about him.
"For me as a coach Willie's the ultimate professional in every part of his preparation. He's a really popular member of the group - he's like a father to some of them - and for me he's that player you need in your front line with you going to war."
The Warriors came from 18-0 down in their opening game to beat Leigh and they were again slow out of the blocks against a lively Trinity team that fully deserved their early 6-0 lead, courtesy of David Fifita's converted try.
Loose forward Oliver Partington levelled the scores before half-time and Wigan cut loose in the second half with five tries without reply to make it two wins out of two.
"I had a good feeling about the game," Lam said. "We might have looked a bit rusty in the first half from the spectator's eye but I could see intent and hunger was there.
"I was very pleased for Jake. He moves around quite a bit for us. He was outstanding last week for us as well. The execution on that right side was first class."