Lachlan Lam states “respect” was key to victory over Batley Bulldogs as he reveals “nervous” conversation with father Adrian

Leigh Centurions are heading to Super League in 2023 but they won’t be Lams to the slaughter as they were in 2021 and that might just be because of two men called Lam.

Adrian Lam has been the mastermind behind the Centurions project in 2022 which has guided the Centurions to Super League again but it was his son Lachlan who bossed proceedings on the field tonight with a flawless performance that picked apart a brilliant Batley side that made Leigh work for their win.

Outstanding, creating a number of tries and scoring the opener, he was the Man of the Match and looks Super League ready.

After the game live on Premier Sports, young Lam reflected on the moment: “I’m at the start of my career and I’ve already had some special moments and this one is at the top of that. At the start of the year I didn’t think I’d be holding up a trophy like this alongside boys like this.”

He revealed the nervousness of his dad, the coach Adrian as well going into the game but in the end the father and son connection led them to a special moment as was the case in today’s NRL Grand Final with the Clearys.

He said: “He’ll be stoked, he called me earlier today, I think he was a little bit nervous himself. He was checking in to see how I was. He’s coached me for a long time so to make a moment like this with him is pretty special.”

However, he was keen to underline the role respect for semi-professional opponents Batley was to the win: “Our whole theme this week was respect and Batley deserve their spot. They fought their way through the finals and to come here was a big ask, so we respected them and didn’t misunderstand how big of a test this was going to be tonight.”

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