Liam Farrell highlights area Wigan are ‘constantly working on’ as captain looks ahead to Challenge Cup clash

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Wigan Warriors currently sit at the top of the Super League table with a game in hand and have recently enjoyed two huge scorelines with dominant second half performances, but captain Liam Farrell admits the side are ‘constantly working on’ improving their starts to games.

The reigning champions have scored 29 tries across their last five Super League fixtures, with 20 of those coming across second half performances, including recent strong displays over Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants.

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And experienced back-rower Farrell, 33, says that the Warriors are working on replicating those strong finishes to the start of their games, with Wigan also having conceded the second-least amount of points so far this season behind St Helens.

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Wigan Warriors take on Hull KR in the Challenge Cup semi-finals this weekendWigan Warriors take on Hull KR in the Challenge Cup semi-finals this weekend
Wigan Warriors take on Hull KR in the Challenge Cup semi-finals this weekend

“It’s something we are constantly working on,” skipper Farrell said.

“We always want to start the games well and if there’s an error in play, we have to make sure that we defend it well and I think we’ve done that at the beginning of games really well.

“We don’t concede many points, so that’s a positive for us. But there are a few areas at the beginning of games that we’d like to fix up.”

20-time Challenge Cup winners Wigan will look to avenge their Super League Round 9 defeat to Hull KR when the two sides meet in the Challenge Cup semi-finals at the Eco-Power Stadium this weekend.

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A place at Wembley is up for grabs, with Liam Marshall, Willie Isa and Farrell the only current members to have played at the national stadium with Wigan’s last appearance in 2017, while the 2022 showdown was held at the impressive home of Tottenham Hotspurs.

“It’s completely different to Super League. To be involved in the semi-finals is a very special moment for us and one we’re looking forward to,” Farrell said.

“Hull KR are a tough opposition, but it is one we are relishing. This is the reason why we play the game, to be involved in these big games and to have the opportunity to play at Wembley.

“We’ve got a group now that has been involved in some big games, obviously at Tottenham in the Challenge Cup before. To get them down to Wembley and to experience that would be a very special occasion.”

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