Leading role for Farrell

Liam Farrell at the Wigan Warriors Media Day
Liam Farrell at the Wigan Warriors Media Day

LIAM Farrell insists Wigan will be making an all-out assault on Super League when it kicks off this Friday night at Salford.

The Warriors topped the table at the end of the regular season in 2012 but came up short, crashing out of both the Challenge Cup and the Grand Final race at the semi-final stage.

By contrast, Leeds have marched through the play-offs from fifth spot to claim Championships in the past two years – suggesting finishing positions at the end of the 27-rounds count for little.

But Farrell says the Warriors have no plans to ease up and will be taking every game seriously as they chase another league leaders’ shield – as well as an elusive major piece of silverware.

He said: “I think some teams have started to think that way (about turning it on near the end).

“There’s different ways of doing it, other people have their own methods – towards the end of the year, you can start playing differently and I think Leeds do that very well.

“But you know what Waney’s like, he just wants to win everything. He’ll be thinking of everything now, he won’t be just thinking about the Challenge Cup and the Grand Final.

“For us, I think it’s just a case of going out there now to focus on winning every game. Last season, people looked at us as the dominant team, but we fell short in two semi-finals and we’ve focused on them, and the areas we went wrong.”

In the space of just a few weeks, Farrell has effectively gone from being a replacement second-rower – 21 of his 29 appearances in 2012 came from the bench – to being the No.1 pick for a back-row spot.

He had already been promoted to the No.12 shirt before Gareth Hock left for Widnes on loan, and Harrison Hansen’s lengthy injury lay-off – plus Chris Tuson’s knee problem – have made Farrell the oldest and most experienced second-rower in the club, at the age of just 22.

Having proved his value over the past three years, earning him an England squad call-up last autumn, he is ready to step up to a more senior role.

“I’ve got to try and push on from what I did last year, look at the things I did well and try and refocus them again this year.”

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