Lam praises young tryscorers

Adrian Lam hailed a maiden first-team try for teenager Umyla Hanley, but he has warned that his Wigan side’s discipline must improve before Thursday’s Super League visit to Leeds.

Hanley, the 19-year-old son of ex-Wigan, Leeds and Great Britain ace Ellery, crossed during the 26-0 Challenge Cup third-round win at York on Friday night.

The versatile back has featured in all three of his club’s matches this season, having made his debut in the 42-0 defeat by St Helens in September.

The Shevington Sharks product came through Wigan’s development system, and had represented England at both Under-16 and -18 level.

Lam also saw another 19-year-old one-time Shevington junior, centre Sam Halsall, claim a first try.

“I was pleased with the young guys scoring tries and holding the opposition was also a highlight,” he said.

“But I was frustrated at times and I think we only had ourselves to blame with a lot of errors and a lot of penalties conceded.

“The penalties were just of control, which was something we’re not used to, and we made a lot of errors in both halves to put ourselves under pressure.

“It was our own discipline and I’m not blaming the referee at all. It’s something we need to improve on.”

Zak Hardaker produced another bright performance at fullback before joining up with former Wigan coach Shaun Wane’s England squad for this week’s training session at Leeds.

“Zak was outstanding and Jackson Hastings really stepped up,” added Lam.

“As the season unfolds, he will run the ball a bit more.”

After edging out Leigh 20-18 in their opening league game, Wigan beat Wakefield 34-6 and are third in the fledgling Super League table behind St Helens and Hull.

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