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Father Ted

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  1. Smith played with a busted shoulder for most of the season. Immediately after Wigan's season ended he went for a shoulder reconstruction. That could well be the main reason he wasn't great as well as playing behind a beaten pack almost every week, having a head coach who was beyond clueless didn't help anyone at Wigan either.
  2. Difference between Marshall and Lam is that Richard was very successful at Halifax as Head Coach. He knows the division and what is required. Lam's only stint as club Head Coach was at Wigan where he was an unmitigated disaster. Between the two of them there's only one sensible appointment to make and it isn't Lam!
  3. If Cas want him then it's their choice. They either pay Wigan a fee or a player swap. To me as a Wigan fan it would be either Truman or Watts. Wigan need a half back alongside Harry Smith or a senior prop (30 or over) which they don't have.
  4. Was at that Cup Tie, traveled over by train as there was no M62 back then.
  5. Maguire won't be at Wigan next year. A lot of talk about Miller and I feel he may have signed but doesn't want it announced until his club's season is finished. Hardaker won't be at Wigan next year either. He's presently commuting between Pontefract and Wigan, will see the season out but there's no long term future in that. As far as coaching goes Matty Peet seems the favourite for the head coach job. He's enough assistants with O'Loughlin, Leuluai, Winder, Goulding and more. Whether Winder stays or goes no one seems to know. Wigan's major asset next season will be not having Lam as head coach. He's absolutely crippled the club with his crackpot squad selections and not having a game plan or tactics other than kick long chase hard!
  6. Wigan outplayed but only four behind at half time. How easy must it be to coach a team to play Wigan? Lam hasn't a clue over team selection or tactics/game plan.
  7. The article mentions long term decline but goes on to say the club is not too far off. What is doesn't mention is that Wigan won the Grand Final in 2018 which was Shaun Wane's last game as head coach. Then came the Edwards debacle leaving the club with Lam in charge. From the outset his team selection and tactics (if any) seemed questionable. This has been constant discussion with fans for as long as Lam has been in charge. The real problem is that Lam can't anticipate and cope with changing circumstances. We went to Hull KR having played five more game than the Rovers. Lam though, thought his team could match HKR with a fast paced and high intensity game. How wrong could he be! Too many mistakes from a young team who were fatigued both physically and mentally. At one point Wigan played 8 games in 37 days and still have played more games than any other club. Last Friday, he against selected his young forwards yet left Clubb and Clark out of the squad and only played Bullock for around 15 mins in the one spell. Not one Wigan fan can understand why Lam is still in his job. Who in their right rugby mind would play three front rowers against Saints aged 20,21 and 22. Anyone could see it was going to be men against boys and it was. Playing Clubb for his short minutes and both Clark and Bullock for long minutes might not have won the game but it wouldn't have been as ridiculously one sided. As for crowds, they've been in decline since 2011 yet I didn't think 16300 was bad at all after the Covid problem and the fact the Wigan had zero chance of winning the game. Next year Wane returns and he will have a pack of forwards who will be tough as they come and a complete change and hopefully and improvement on Lam's disaster. French will be back and hopefully we'll see something of Field's talent and real pace.
  8. HKR are at home and will have the advantage of their crowd. Wigan might have a better squad but that has to show itself this season. Rovers have a coach who's clued up, Wigan have a coach who's clueless! I thought Rovers won at Wigan because their coach out coached his opposite number!
  9. Wigan have a few players back but with Singleton and Partington suspended with Leulai injured then Farrell rested. Should get the better of Salford but only because Hastings is playing for Wigan. Certainly not the given home win it used to be.
  10. Apart from the French expedition Leeds seem to have found some form. Leeds by 12.
  11. With neither side playing particularly well this could be a tight match. Looking forward to it anyway!
  12. Much needed win for Wigan. Surely got have some bodies back for next week?
  13. Don't know if Wigan have anyone back but Jackson Hastings has just been given a one match ban. Greenwood will be missing for Hudds as he's got a three match ban. I do think that will affect Wigan more than Hudds. Difficult to see anything but a Hudds win as Watson is a good coach who can get the best out of the players he has. Wigan have Lam as coach who is a poor coach and can't get any of his players to play to their potential.
  14. A very good win by HKR. I do have to say that Rovers dropped so much ball in the first half any good team would have had the game won by half time. Wigan, though, are not a good team. Anything but! It would have been a risk having Hanley at fb. With Hastings there he had him, Smith & Leuluai all on the field for 80 mins. As has been said Lam decision not to have a quality goal kicker kept the game out of reach once Rovers scored. With 60 mins gone we thought Wigan were going to get nilled for the second game in succession. Rovers are not a top side but were far better than Wigan on the night and the score doesn't flatter them. Hall worked incredibly hard taking the ball up almost every set. A hardworking squad with all players giving everything won the game for Rovers and well done to them. As for Wigan, I don't see this improving until Lam departs. We only have two experienced props available so they should be doing as many minutes as possible. Instead the both started and were subbed on 20 mins or so. Bullock never returned and Singleton came back on with 6 mins to go and the game gone! Not too much going for Wigan until Lam is history.
  15. "Flakes out mid contract" That, of course, never happens to Aussie players in the UK!
  16. I always considered Bibby as a straight replacement for Gildart. Oli would have gone end of 2020 if offers had come in with a transfer fee. None did so he's here 2021 until his contract runs out. As for his replacement, Bibby as said above but lot of Wigan fans rate Jake Wardle and prefer him to King, others prefer King. What is obvious after the season so far is that Wigan need a top class goalkicker and backs who can scoot from dh and make ground coming out of their own 10-20 mtr area. Lam has known this all year yet has not done anything to rectify the problem. I don't now think there's a Wigan fan who thinks Lam will be at the club next year. We started the season with most of our threequarters missing so what does Lam do? Send Hankinson, a centre, out on loan. His interview after the Hull defeat showed him looking beyond clueless. My backs for Wigan next year with just those who are at the club or are about to sign would be - Field, Manfredi, Hankinson, Hardaker, Marshall, Williams, Smith. That's on the assumption that French will have gone and Leuluai retired. Gildart will be missed but not as much as this year.
  17. Hastings never made it secret he wanted back in the NRL. Now he's achieved it. His commitment to Wigan is as fulsome as anyone's at the club as he proved v Cas. Both his effort and skill were top class and it looks as if he intends giving his all to the club. With seeing his contracts out at both Salford and Wigan it will give him the reputation of being a reliable player as far as contracts go which is a great deal in the current rugby league world. Hastings is top class and he will be missed next year. Harry Smith proved again last night v Cas that he's an exciting player with the skill set to go with it. So all is far from lost at half back at the DW.
  18. Harry Smith has re-signed for Wigan on a four year deal. A talent for now and the future.
  19. Eastmond hasn't played for a year and League for ten years. What did people expect? He stood up well in defence and threw a very good pass to Briscoe which led to the one Leeds try. Perhaps if he'd not thrown that quality pass to Briscoe Leeds would have been nilled?
  20. Agree with Catalan, they seem to be his kind of outfit. Waney also likes that neck of the woods too!
  21. Connor may yet be included. Waney's picked Gildart and he hasn't played this year. Has Newman played? Rest of the 35 seems ok. It will be interesting when he eventually selects his 24.
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