‘We must improve for Leeds trip’

Liam Farrell in action against Huddersfield
Liam Farrell in action against Huddersfield

ASSISTANT coach John Winder hailed the performance of Liam Farrell as Wigan got their Super 8s campaign off to a winning start.

Farrell raced over for a try in the first half and set up a vital score for George Williams in the second to put Warriors a step closer to October’s top four play-offs and preserve their unbeaten home record in Super League this year.

While admitting Wigan had a lot to do in order to overhaul Huddersfield’s 10-0 first half advantage, Winder was pleased with certain aspects of the performance.

“Liam Farrell’s workrate was outstanding - he went well tonight,” said the assistant coach.

“We probably didn’t start as well as we wanted to, we were under the pump from the first minute and they started well.

“We showed good character to come back though and we’re happy with that.”

There were a few times he got into space and showed what a quality player he is - he had some real good touches

John Winder

Warriors went behind early on thanks to two tries from Jermaine McGillvary, and had to rely on Farrell’s weaving run from 30 metres out to narrow the gap before the break.

And Winder said such instances proved his value.

“He’s one of those guys who is always consistent for us,” he said. “There were a few times he got into space and showed what a quality player he is - he had some real good touches.”

Winder pointed to the opening exchanges in the second half to Wigan cracking the fixture, with Dom Manfredi and George Williams scoring to put the home side in front.

But Huddersfield refused to fall away - tries from Jack Hughes and Eorl Crabtree kept them within touching distance while Larne Patrick and Dom Crosby added the finishing touches for Wigan.

Man-of-the-match Farrell was critical of Wigan’s start though - and insisted they will have to improve for next week’s trip to Headingley if they are to stretch their winning run to five game.

“We didn’t really start the game that well but as the second 20 came into it we got better,” he said.

“We gave four penalties away and we have to be better on our own line and we gave two soft tries away which we’re disappointed about.

“But the win has given us five points so it’s a bit of a cushion for us. It doesn’t get any easier does it? We’ll hopefully improve on what we’ve done today” Winder confirmed winger Joe Burgess missed out because of ‘a slight tweak of the knee’ which occurred in training and will be back in contention to face Leeds next week.

Ben Flower also missed out due to a ‘minor rib problem’ and should also be available for the trip to Headingley. No injury concerns from the game were reported.