‘Our poor away record has to improve,’ says Wigan Warriors ace George Williams

Wigan's George Williams
Wigan's George Williams

GEORGE Williams admits Wigan’s poor away record has not been good enough as they aim for their first victory on the road in more than nine months.

Warriors are the heavy favourites to win at Wakefield in front of the Sky Sports cameras tonight.

Even in the games we win, if we don’t reach our own standards, we’ll be told

George Williams

A victory would bring to an end a barren away run – their last victory on their travels was against Catalans last July.

And that sequence is even more of a surprise, considering they have won all of their home Super League matches in the same time-frame.

Williams said: “I didn’t realise it’d been so long, and we need to fix that.

“It’s not that we go into them with a different mindset, it’s just the way it’s gone – but it’s not been good enough.

“We were leading at Widnes but brought them back into the game, the same at Hull KR, so we’ve had some leads and not put them to bed.”

Wakefield have lost their last eight Super League matches, including an 80-0 thrashing by Warrington in their last league outing, and few will be backing the Wildcats to get the two points.

But Williams – who has sparkled at No.6 in recent weeks – says there is no danger of complacency creeping into their minds.

“We set the standards each week, and it doesn’t matter who we play,” he said.

“Even in the games we win, if we don’t reach our own standards, we’ll be told.”

This season, Wigan have lost at Salford, Leeds, Castleford, Hull KR and drawn at Widnes.

And going back further, they were beaten by St Helens in last season’s Grand Final and failed to get wins at Widnes, Hull KR and Bradford.

By contrast, they have won all of their Super League games at the DW in the same period, their solitary defeat coming in the World Club Series to Brisbane – and that was by 14-12 in golden-point, having been level after 80 minutes.

After a sticky start, Wigan have climbed to third in the ladder with impressive victories over St Helens, Catalans and Warrington in recent weeks.

And while coach Shaun Wane believes the wave of players returning from injury and suspension has driven up the standard of their performances, he says fans have yet to see the finished article.

“We’ve still not played to the standard we can – nowhere near,” he said.