Adrian Lam says his side need to stay focused after beating Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium.
Bevan French scored his first try in Cherry and White to make it nine wins from ten for the Warriors.
- Full-time: Wigan Warriors 20-6 Warrington Wolves.
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam described his side’s efforts as ‘brilliant’ but insists they need to ‘stay focused’ after a 20-6 victory over Warrington Wolves on Friday night.
A first try on his first Wigan start from Bevan French, plus efforts from George Williams and Zak Hardaker in the first saw the Cherry and Whites see out a comfortable win over the Wire to move level on 30 points and joint second in the Betfred Super League table.
As the Warriors made it nine wins from ten league games, Lam gave his initial reaction following the triumph at the DW Stadium: “I’m not really thinking about the second half. I was angry up in the gantry but I thought it was a pretty good win. I thought our first half was brilliant, really strong, so I’m really pleased.”
In what was the fourth meeting between the two sides in 2019, it was Wigan’s first win against the Wolves this season and the boss spoke about his side’s progression.
“Last time we played them at the Magic Weekend we were seventh, so we’ve climbed a few places since then which is pleasing for the supporters and the Club.
“We didn’t start the season well, but there’s a lot of experience to come back into the squad if we can get them in there somewhere.”
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4️⃣ wins on the bounce
⏫ Joint second in the table
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New recruit French sealed his first start in Cherry and White with a try and speaking with a smile on his face, Lam said: “He’s exciting, isn’t he? The supporters get on their feet every time he gets the ball.
“For what’s left of this season and I think 2020, for Bevan French that’s going to be unbelievable. That’s going to get some bums on the seats here at the DW Stadium, and I think he’ll be a revelation for the Super League.”
The Head Coach also lauded the efforts of his younger squad members who featured in the victory.
“We had a few teenagers in there, which was handy. They’ve got better with every match they’ve played. We’ve believed in them, we could have given them less time or brought them off the bench but every week they’ve stood up.
“Morgan Smithies has been great for a couple of weeks. I’m pleased he’s got to where he has.”
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The Warriors now have two weeks to prepare for their next Betfred Super League with a trip to Wakefield Trinity on Sunday 1st September.
On the upcoming week, Lam said: “They’ve (the players) got three days off now and then they’ll come into a normal week next week. We play Wakefield on the following Sunday, so it’s a fair break between. There’s a lot of time off there, and sometimes when you’re on a roll like this you want to keep playing, but I think we’ve just got to make sure we stay focused.”
He added: “The players are in a good place at the moment. It’s really positive with the new facilities at Robin Park Arena, so it’s been great.”
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