Farrell: We need to respond

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josie andrews
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Farrell: We need to respond

Post by josie andrews » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:18 am

Liam Farrell says Wigan have to improve from last week’s defeat to St Helens.

Forward looks ahead to round two fixture with Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium on Friday night.

Farrell: “This week we’ve looked really good and trained against the rest of the squad and things have clicked better.”

Liam Farrell says Wigan Warriors will be a ‘different side’ against Leeds Rhinos on Friday night, but states his side are wary of the visitors’ hunger to respond as both teams lost their opening games in the BETFRED Super League.


The Cherry and Whites went down to a 22-12 defeat at St Helens last Thursday, while the Rhinos were rumbled 26-6 by Warrington Wolves.

And Farrell is expecting a fierce clash at the DW Stadium, but claims Wigan are under pressure to deliver.

He said: “This is just a bigger game as the St Helens derby for me. We will come out with a better mindset and you will see a very different side from us this week, but you could also see a completely different Leeds.

“They’re a quality team and they’ll be looking to bounce back. We’re probably under pressure a little bit with the points reduction we’ve had and the game coming up next week, so we know we need a result and big performance going into the World Club Challenge.

“They’ve had some new structures put in place. From their terms they had a disappointing result last week and they’re looking to bounce back like we are. We’re expecting a big improvement from them, but we’ve not focused on them a lot this week.”

The experienced second row revealed the frustration from inside the Warriors camp after last week’s loss to local rivals St Helens.

But Farrell is hoping Wigan can improve on Friday and put in place what the players have worked on in training.

“We didn’t execute things we put in place during that week. We were disappointed, so we’ve had to right a few wrongs this week.

“We’ve spent the last three months working on new things, and we look like a superstar team in training at times, but when you come under pressure from an opposition it’s a different game and unfortunately it didn’t work out last Thursday like we had planned it to.

“This week we’ve looked really good and trained against the rest of the squad and things have clicked better. It’s about us making sure we fix up a few things in our attack and defence, as we had a few defensive misses last week that were unusual for us.

“There might be a few tweaks in what we do attacking wise and we might throw the ball about a bit more because it’s something we lacked last week.”

Farrell also commented on Adrian Lam’s decision to put him on the right side of the forward line, with Joe Greenwood sustaining a place on the left side in the second row.

“I’m excited to be given the chance to play on the right, as it probably suits me a little bit more than on the left. It could be a really good partnership with Tommy (Leuluai) and Gilly (Oliver Gildart) outside me as well.

“It suits Joe a lot more to play on the left as he’s a left-hand carrier and he’s played there a lot for other teams. I’m never going to complain where I get put in a 13 team.”


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Re: Farrell: We need to respond

Post by Barney841 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:47 pm

Hopefully faz will listen to his own advice. Can’t remember the last time he had an outstanding game

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Re: Farrell: We need to respond

Post by josie andrews » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:56 am

Sarginson previews Leeds

Sarginson looks ahead to the first home game of the season against Leeds Rhinos tomorrow

“It will definitely be easier with our crowd behind our back

Discusses the opening Saints game and what Wigan need to improve on going forward
Wigan’s Dan Sarginson hopes his side can claim their first win of the season and recover from their opening day defeat against St Helens as they face Leeds Rhino’s on Friday (K.O. 7:45pm).


The Warriors take on a Leeds Rhinos side who also suffered an opening round defeat last week, losing 26-6 away to Warrington Wolves. Both sides will certainly look to get their season started at the DW Stadium on Friday.

Reflecting on last week’s defeat, the 25-year-old admitted the Saints match was a ‘tough’ opening game away from home, against a side who are a ‘good outfit.’

“We need to clear up some one on one errors and just a bit of structural stuff in our system. We were good in patches but couldn’t keep it up for the 80 minutes, so we’ve trained really well and it is looking good.”

David Furner will return to the DW Stadium for the first time as a coach on Friday and will also be reunited with ex-Wigan teammate Adrian Lam in the process. His Leeds team will certainly have a point to prove after their opening round defeat.

On Furner’s Rhinos side, Sarginson said, “This week we’ve got a Leeds side who are looking to bounce back but it will definitely be easier with our crowd behind our back.”

Sarginson, who featured prominently for Wigan in 2018 and scored 6 Super League tries, admits they have some things to improve on from the Saints game.

Opponents Leeds certainly didn’t get off the the start they would have liked against Warrington on Saturday. Sarginson believes that after spending money in the summer and signing some really good players they have gathered a lot of attention.

He said, “There is a lot of expectation on them and that comes with a lot of pressure which they didn’t deal with in that big game.”

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Anyone can support a team when it is winning, that takes no courage.
But to stand behind a team, to defend a team when it is down and really needs you,
that takes a lot of courage.

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