Wigan got back to winning ways in Super League last night.
They secured a 32-10 win at home to Toronto.
But the scoreline didn't reflect how close the game was for much of it, with the Canadian side fighting hard until Wigan's superior fitness levels showed in the latter stages of the second half.
Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam praised the defensive efforts of his side for laying the platform for the victory
Lam said: “I never got nervous today. We kept it simple at times and had to take a step back, but we got it right. I’m pleased we ticked the boxes both in attack and defence tonight.”
Despite scoring 32 points in the Betfred Super League Round 3 fixture, Lam expressed more delight towards his side’s defensive efforts rather than attacking ones.
“I think our defence has been pretty good in the first few weeks. I’m really happy with that.”
Injuries from the previous round saw Lam make further changes to the Warriors’ spine, with youngster Amir Bourouh coming in for Jake Shorrocks, and Tommy Leuluai continuing at hooker following the absence of Sam Powell.
On coping with injuries: “It’s difficult to get momentum when there are changes in the team. There will also be further changes to come with players coming back in the next few weeks.”
He continued: “Maybe four to come back in time for the Hull (FC) game. George Burgess, Powell, (Ben) Flower and (Dom) Manfredi. All four could possibly be available. Then you’ve got (Oliver) Gildart coming too.
There was also plenty of players to praise on the night, with a number of eye-catching performances on show in the 32-10 win.
On young half Harry Smith, the Head Coach said: “He’s a good kid and he’s got a big future here. For us to pick him in back-to-back weeks shows the confidence that we have in him.”
Lam also praised prop-forward Joe Bullock, who returned after a lengthy spell on the sidelines following a knee injury picked up last season.
Lam said: “I thought he was really good, really good.”
There was also time to discuss another great home performance from Bevan French, who bagged two tries on the night.
“Bevan French is exciting isn’t he? He’s still got a lot of work to do with his positioning, but when he works that out he’s going to be even better.”
There was also an update on the state of captain Sean O’loughlin, who left the field with an eye injury in the last ten minutes after catching a stray hand from Wolfpack centre Hakim Miloudi, who was shown a yellow card as a result.
“He’s not good, not good at all his eye. He’s walking but he can’t see out of it. He’s gone off to hospital so we will wait on that one. Hopefully everything is ok for him.”