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George Williams admits Warrington Wolves have a “soft underbelly” currently

George Williams

A season that promised so much for Warrington Wolves after eight wins on the spin to start off is now at a stage where their playoff hopes are hanging by a thread.

The Wire have lost their last seven games and their Super League run of form totals just three wins in thirteen games, a polar opposite of their incredible eight win start.

Daryl Powell has also lost his job on account of the poor form with the higher ups at the Halliwell Jones thinking that a change in coach could bring about a change in fortunes, the former Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos boss being dismissed after last week’s shock loss to Wakefield Trinity 42-6.

Another defeat came last night, albeit this time to top of the table rather than bottom, and England captain George Williams bravely faced the questions of Brian Carney, Barrie McDermott and Kevin Brown.

He was first asked about that sacking last Sunday.

“Yeah, obviously it’s disappointing. You don’t want anyone losing their job,” Williams explained.

“We’ve been here for 18 months and you’ve got to build relationships and bonds. But as a group, we just said we had to move on and the reaction was what we needed.

“We showed it in patches, but it’s not good enough in patches at the moment. We’re soul searching, I’ll not beat around the bush. There’s lads that are down on confidence, and confidence is a big part of sport at the moment and we’re down, I’ll not sugar coat it.

“We are working hard, I know everybody says that but we are doing our best.”

Warrington did certainly show patches with Connor Wrench being a highlight on the wing and Sam Kasiano’s 80th minute effort to deny Mickael Goudemand a try when the game was already done and dusted.

It was posed to Williams that the Wolves currently have a “soft underbelly”, something that he thinks other clubs probably do think based on their current form.

“Dishing out what we have then yeah, I think teams will be saying that when they come up against us. We can stick with them for 10, 20, sometimes 60 but we fall off. That could be a fair account of us at the moment.”

A final message was sent to the fans who had turned out in numbers at the Halliwell Jones despite the recent form, with Williams noting that effort areas are what the club will work on over the two week break.

“All we can do is give our all but at the moment I think we’re falling short in a lot of areas. You get your effort areas right and the rest will come, but at the moment we’re probably down on them and then our skills not good on the back of it.

“It’s a big snowball at the moment, but we’re going to give it our all. Please stick with us, get behind us and keep turning and spending your hard earned money because we appreciate it.”

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