Mossop rediscovering confidence

Lee Mossop in action against Hull FC
Lee Mossop in action against Hull FC

LEE Mossop hopes he has rediscovered the confidence which will lead to a strong finish to the 2015 campaign.

The Cumbrian prop admits he has been disappointed with his overall form since returning to the club from the NRL.

To be honest, this year I’ve been a bit disappointed at times. I’ve not had the consistency in my game

Lee Mossop

His solitary season at Parramatta was cut short by a serious shoulder injury.

But he had arguably his best game of the year in Friday’s 30-24 victory over Hull FC, which moved Wigan level with Leeds at the top of the Super League ladder.

And with two games to go before the a play-offs semi-final and - hopefully - a Grand Final appearance, he hopes it was a sign of things to come.

Mossop said: “To be honest, this year I’ve been a bit disappointed at times. I’ve not had the consistency in my game. I think I’ve struggled more with my shoulder than I thought I would, coming back from this one.

“It’s my third reconstruction on my right side, and physically it’s better than it’s ever been but it’s just getting the confidence in my head.

“I’ve had two or three games when I’ve had the confidence but then it’ll be knocked and I’ll have an off-game. It is getting there.

“Hopefully I can finish stronger, and build on this game against Saints - but by no means am I at my best.”

Coach Shaun Wane praised Mossop’s contribution after the game, and statistics backed up his words.

He made more average gains (9.07m) than any other Wigan forward, while only John Bateman - who played many more minutes - made more metres (127).

“Batty is unbelievable, he’s a freak in a good way,” said the 26-year-old. “His workrate is phenomenal, he’s got the skills, he’s confident, and he’s still young - the sky’s the limit for John.”

With Leeds losing 46-16 at Catalans on Saturday, Wigan stayed level at the top - though their slender winning margin against Hull FC prevented them eating into the for-and-against, which stands at 237 - which is 60 behind Leeds’ difference.

Bookmakers expected Wigan to run away with the win against depleted opponents on Friday night but Mossop added: “We knew they would come here to impress, you can imagine what it’s like when you’re a young bloke and you get your chance, you put your front foot forward.

“ So we didn’t take them lightly.

“We had patches when we played well, but didn’t do it for long enough. We shot ourselves in the foot.”