Lockers warns of London backlash

Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin
Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin

WARRIORS skipper Sean O’Loughlin is urging his teammates not to take London Broncos lightly this Sunday.

Tony Rea’s men have lost all three of their opening Super League games in 2013, with last week’s home match against Wakefield resulting in a 28-0 drubbing.

Warriors themselves were also left frustrated, when they came away from Huddersfield on the wrong end of a 22-10 scoreline.

Despite London’s woeful start though, O’Loughlin believes they still have some real quality in their squad and has warned his Wigan teammates against becoming the side that helps kick-start their season.

The 30-year-old said: “Both of us are on the back of losses and with them going down so heavily, they will be disappointed with that.

“When you do look at their side you sometimes question how they’re going as bad as they are.

“They’ve got a lot of good players in the side and I think it’s just a matter of time before they start knocking a few teams over and start getting some wins.

“So for us, we just don’t want to be that team that kick-starts their season.

“We’ve got to make sure we go to the game, play well, put a few things right from last week and then pick up a win and look to our next game the week after.”

Wigan endured last-minute injury woe ahead of the Huddersfield game, with Sam Tomkins being ruled out late on.

The Wigan full-back is expected to make a return this Sunday but his injury last week meant coach Shaun Wane had to re-shuffle with Josh Charnley and Sam Powell both having spells out of position.

Wigan had their chances to level the score with the game at 16-10.

Wane’s men had virtually 11 back-to-back sets on the opposition line but just couldn’t break through.

Huddersfield defended well though and just as it looked like they were about to cave, a wayward pass from Pat Richards played in Brett Ferres, who ran 60m to put the game to bed.

O’Loughlin added: “Huddersfield did play quite well but there are parts of their game they wouldn’t be happy with.

“Obviously losing players here and there and players in the game having to re-shuffle had an effect but I think we should still have coped with it.

“It was more our defensive side where, if we did better, we could at least have got a draw at the end.

“We came away disappointed. On the other hand we spent a lot of time on their tryline at the end where could have got a try and if we did we could have come away with the draw.”