Wigan to go retro for Leeds clash as Lam prepares for Saints derby

Wigan will turn back time when they host Leeds on Wednesday, August 25.

It’s Super League’s ‘Retro Round’, and the home club have cut ticket prices to those of 1995, when they were still based at Central Park.

Admission to the DW Stadium, Wigan’s home since 1999, will be £10 for Over 16s and £5 for Under 16s.

The club are also encouraging fans to wear retro shirts to the match.

Wigan have another big home clash before the Leeds showdown, with St Helens visiting on Friday.

And coach Adrian Lam is demanding an improvement from his fourth-placed side after the 26-14 defeat at Hull KR.

Wigan reduced Rovers’ 16-point lead to 16-14 at the break with tries by Liam Marshall (2) and Jake Bibby, but the home side clinched it with second-half scores from Kane Linnett and Jez Litten.

“I’m really frustrated, there was a lot of effort but we were stuffed at the start of the game,” said Lam.

“It was a disaster at the start and it was too hard to catch them when we gave them a 16-point lead.

“What happens is you work hard and exert extra energy to get back in the game but that takes a lot out of you.

“There were to many dumb penalties and dumb mistakes that hurt us in the end, but (hooker) Sam Powell going down early didn’t help us and it messed up our rotation.”

Lam added: “I was really frustrated at full-time and we had a sharp conversation.

“We’re trying to be this top-four team and we understand what we need to do better, but we’re losing big moments in the game and we’re not giving ourselves a chance.”

Lam hopes Powell will be available to face Saints and added: “I know it’s a massive derby for us but we have to get through what unfolded here first.

“I’m disappointed, it’s not who we’ve been for the last six weeks, and so I want to get to the bottom of that and take accountability.”

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