Burgess has the stomach for a Super League charge!

Joe Burgess believes Wigan are poised for bigger and better things '“ and he is confident he has the stomach for it!

Friday, 27th April 2018, 8:05 am
The loss at St Helens was one of only two defeats for Wigan this year

The winger is in the squad which travels to Widnes tonight aiming to dial up the pressure on leaders St Helens.

Burgess caught the eye in his last outing with two long-range breaks which both created tries for Oliver Gildart.

But after one of his sprints down field, he was spotted being sick on the pitch – and Shaun Wane was later asked whether the 22-year-old had been suffering from an illness.

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“I’ve done it since I’ve been in the first-team,” Burgess admits.

“I think it’s just a build-up of nerves. It just happens, sometimes it’s before the game, sometimes it’s half-time – it’s not usually on the pitch! Last Friday I think I just left it too late before I ate. I usually leave it four hours before kick-off before I ate, and this time it was three hours.

“The lads wind me up about it – especially after the time Gilly knelt down to tie his laces and put his hand in it!”

Friday’s win meant Wigan completed their first wave of matches, playing each of their Super League opponents once, winning nine of their 11 encounters. “We’re very happy with where we’re at,” said Burgess.

“Even after the Saints game, we still played well and had a crack, and it was a good derby. So we’re pretty happy with it and the scary thing is there’s loads of improvement in us.

“No team will ever be perfect but you can see there’s improvement.

“You’re going to have errors and penalties but we need to spread them out over a game, to make it easier for ourselves, rather than in a 10 or 15 minute block.”

He has no doubts, either, Wigan will be better-prepared for tonight’s game than their last trip to play on the Vikings’ artificial surface – five days after winning the World Club Challenge!

“We’d had a few good days after it, and then the fixture was switched, we’ve not got that this time,” he said. “The pitch is alright, you just get on with it.”