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Head Coach Adrian Lam explained how excited he is after Wigan progressed to the Coral Challenge Cup Semi Finals with victory over Hull FC on Saturday.

A dominant performance from Lam’s side saw the Cherry and Whites leave the AJ Bell Stadium 4-36 victors – with a Semi Final against Leeds Rhinos booked in for Saturday 3rd October.

Reacting to the result via Zoom link, the Warriors Head Coach said: “I told the players how important it is to take ownership of these big games, it’s not up to the coaches really once you’re at the ground.

“They stood up to it today and got it right.”

Screenshot-2020-09-19-at-19.11.45-1024x5Adrian Lam addressing the media via Zoom link

Among the many highlights, one of the biggest for Wigan fans was to see captain Sean O’Loughlin back in action after spending a number of months sidelined.

On the skipper’s contribution Lam said: “He was outstanding. He gives us a completely different attacking style and does it better than anyone in the world I believe. 

“Just looking around the dressing room before a Quarter Final of the Challenge Cup and you’re seeing Sean O’Loughlin ready to play, it can only boost the players.”

b77941b0-1765-429a-931c-662e8bd2db4b-102Sean O’Loughlin in action at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The Papua New Guinean also praised the performances of his young forward pack.

“There’s obviously a few of our middles out at the moment, but those guys have been going great for us for a long time now. 

“It’s hard to single out anyone through the middle, they were all quite consistent I thought. I’m really pleased for them, they are the future of the Club.”

The Warriors suffered a number of injuries during the game, with Dom Manfredi, Tommy Leuluai and Sam Powell all having to leave the field of play for assessment.

On managing his side through spells of injuries the Head Coach explained: “I was really pleased how we coped. We have Harry Smith on the bench for that reason.

“It’s always difficult when you have backs getting injured too, we were down to one sub for the last 25 minutes. It did give some players some time to get their rhythm.”

d380b7a3-aadd-4586-9dfc-f33dbfd9123d-102Manfredi left the field for a concussion assessment during the first half.

Providing clarification on the health of those players: “They are all clear to go back on except Dom (Manfredi), he will have to have a head assessment during the week.”

The victory means Wigan will face Leeds Rhinos in the Coral Challenge Cup Semi Finals.

✅ CONFIRMED | If we are to progress to the Semi Finals of @TheChallengeCup this evening we will face @leedsrhinos on Saturday 3rd October. #WWRL #ChallengeCup pic.twitter.com/YMZsXigbIt

— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪ (@WiganWarriorsRL) September 19, 2020

On the prospect of facing the Yorkshire side Lam said: “I’m very excited. It’s not the Final obviously, but one we need to get our performance right against Leeds.

“They are playing great rugby at the moment too so we’re looking forward to that challenge.”


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