Wigan (7/2 Grand Final Winner) head coach Matt Peet says he had to get into his side at half-time in Thursday’s 46-4 thumping of Hull KR, a result that keeps the Warriors in the hunt for the league leaders’ shield.
Bevan French and Liam Marshall both scored hat-tricks in the dominating display at the DW Stadium to cement their position in second in the Betfred Super League and close the gap to table-toppers St Helens to four points.
Although happy with the “pretty professional manner” of the victory, Peet revealed he gave his side a reminder at the break after becoming unhappy with some sloppy play and a drop in standards during the first half.
He told BBC Radio Manchester: “I was a bit disappointed with our reaction to getting ahead, I thought we lacked that ruthless edge. That doesn’t mean scoring more points but I just thought we were a little bit soft with our mentality.
“I was quite blunt at half-time, probably for the first time all year. I just thought we looked like we lost a bit of respect for the game, for the ball in particular and we can’t have that creeping in so I thought it was important I let that be known.”
That defeat ended Hull KR’s two-game winning streak and they have dropped to eighth in the standings as a result, level on points with sixth-place Salford and seventh-place Hull FC.
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There are two more Betfred Super League games to get stuck into on Friday, starting with the 18:00 between 11th-place Toulouse – who are 11/10 to finish bottom – and Hull FC (Match Betting – Toulouse 8/11, Tie 20/1, Hull FC 5/4).
Toulouse only find themselves above Wakefield on points difference but the French outfit will be hoping to get back to winning ways, having chalked up three straight victories before losing to Salford last time out.
As for the Black and Whites, they are still very much in the hunt for a top-six finish but they need to address an alarming slump of form that has seen them lose six of their last seven matches.
Friday’s final offering comes from The Mend-A-Hose Jungle at 20:00, as fifth-placed Castleford Tigers play host to rock-bottom Wakefield (Match Betting – Castleford 1/4, Tie 25/1, Wakefield 16/5).
The Tigers have won five of their last six games to cement their position in the top six, while Trinity are rooted to the bottom of the table and have won just five times all season.
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