Wigan head coach Adrian Lam could not have been happier with his side’s performance as the Warriors overcame a poor Castleford to consolidate their place in the top four of the Super League table.
The Warriors led 6-0 at half-time, but went on to turn the screw after the break, scoring another three tries to triumph 22-0 in what was only the second time that Castleford have been nilled at home in Super League history.
And, Lam was over the moon to get the two points on what’s been a difficult hunting ground for Wigan in recent years.
“It was a relief but I’m grateful – that’s what we’re capable of doing and I’m just really pleased,” Lam said.
“We haven’t won here or several years and to be in that current situation that we’re in and come to a ground where we struggle and keep them to a zero is one of the highlights of the year.
“That’s responding how we wanted to and I just felt we were resilient.”
Lam did feel that his side were more nervous than normal going into this one following their recent run of bad form.
“It’s nervous every week, but probably a bit more this week than others just regards to the ladder.
“Jai Field pulled out this morning which threw a spanner amongst us, but I felt since Wednesday which was our last match we’ve been building.
“We only trained yesterday for 30 minutes, so it’s not what we what do on the park, it’s confidence and sometimes when you’re on that rollercoaster and confidence is an issue it can hurt you badly.”
Lam is hoping to have a few more players back going into the business end of the season.
“We’ve got a lot of players that haven’t played a lot of rugby.
“Sam Powell might be back next week which might give us some more stability, but we needed to bring that confidence back and we defended really well tonight.”
The Wigan boss still believes that his players have what it takes to make the Grand Final once more.
“We’re in control of our own position, but I care and I love these boys so much.
“If we get to the finals I believe we can lift ourselves, but we need to get there in good shape as a squad and that was a great start tonight.”