Lockers aiming to build on win

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WIGAN’S confidence has rocketed since their home victory against Leeds, according to Sean O’Loughlin.

The skipper has shed light on Wigan’s preparations for Sunday’s clash at Bradford and says they are ready to build on their belated first win of the season.

Warriors’ 20-6 win against the champions eased the pressure on Shaun Wane and his troops, following their opening day defeat to Huddersfield.

And O’Loughlin said: “There was pressure on us last week.

“We knew it was a disappointing performance against Huddersfield and we knew it was easily fixed, but when everyone started asking questions afterwards I thought, ‘What’s going on? We’ve only played one game.’

“It hurts when you get your desire questioned.

“But we stepped up, we’ve put some demons to bed now with a good performance, and now we can concentrate this week with a bit more confidence.

“Getting the two points gives us real confidence going to Bradford.”

The loose forward, heavily involved in the triumph, was one of nine academy-products in Wigan’s starting line-up.

And he heaped praise on two newcomers to the senior side, Tom Spencer and Jack Hughes.

Spencer made his debut off the bench against the Rhinos, while Hughes earned his first start at centre, following a Super League debut off the bench last term.

“They both went really well,” said the 29-year-old.

“A win against Leeds is a big deal and it’s good Tom started off with a win.

“He’s a big bloke who went well for the Under-20s last year, and I thought Jack went well.

“When you’re into the 20s it’s always going to be a step up, fitness-wise, until you’ve got used to it. But he played the full game and looked strong out there.”

O’Loughlin, meanwhile, has waded into the debate about whether Wigan’s opening ‘try’ should have been awarded.

Video referee Richard Silverwood ruled a defender had been obstructed several yards from where Josh Charnley got the ball and ultimately crossed the line.

St Helens ace Jon Wilkin used the BBC’s Super League show to voice his concerns that the ruling was harsh, and O’Loughlin added: “The bloke taken out was never going to get involved in the play, so I don’t know why you’d go back to it.”