St Helens taught us a lesson, admits Wigan Warriors coach

Wigan came up short at Super League leaders St Helens
Wigan came up short at Super League leaders St Helens

Wigan coach Adrian Lam reckoned his side were 'our own worst enemy' after the 32-10 derby defeat at St Helens.

The Warriors had gone into the game with plenty of confidence, on the back of five straight wins.

Despite only trailing 12-4 at the break, three tries in quick succession at the beginning of the second half gave Saints a third win of the season against their closest rivals.

Zak Hardaker's magnificent individual score just after the hour mark was scant consolation for the well-beaten visitors.

And Lam feels at least some of the damage was self-inflicted.

"We were our own worst enemy at times, and I also thought we got out-enthused," he mused.

"When you play teams like this, you need to make sure you play your best rugby.

"We wanted to come out for the second half and give it a go, but we gave a penalty away on tackle six and didn't see the ball for 20 minutes.

"We probably learned a bit from them tonight."

Saints coach Justin Holbrook could not hide his delight at seeing his side complete a clean sweep of the rest of the top four in the space of three weeks.

"To play the second, third and fourth teams in three successive weeks - including our toughest rivals in Wigan - and come through is great credit to the group," he gushed.

"It was a massive effort and a great win."