Sean O’Loughlin: Wigan must bounce back

Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin has challenged his side to bounce back and go one step further in 2015, after their attempt to retain their Super League crown ended in defeat on Saturday night.

The Warriors went down 14-6 against bitter rivals St Helens, playing almost the entire game with twelve men after Ben Flower was sent off in the second minute of the match. And although O’Loughlin cited his side’s effort as “tremendous”, he says the challenge now is to come back next year even stronger.

“It was a backs against the wall game for us,” he said.

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“The effort was tremendous; I can’t knock anyone’s desire to get that game won, but obviously when you’re a man down it just makes it very tough.

“It doesn’t matter who had more ball, it’s the result that matters. Ultimately they had enough to get over the line. It could have been a different story with 13 men out there, but it’s done and dusted. We’ve got to get over it, dust ourselves down and do even better next year.”