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Lam unhappy with refereeing decisions in win over Cas, but praises French on comeback

Bevan French returned to the Wigan side tonight and Adrian Lam was full of praise for the Australian.

“It was so good to get him back out on the field; he gives that dressing room confidence when he’s sitting there getting dressed,” Lam said.

“He looked really sharp, but that’s Bevan French – he’s going to take a couple of weeks to get right so we’re all excited about where he’s going to get to.

“I’m pleased for him, he’s got through the game well.”

The Wigan boss was happy with the overall performance too, though did highlight the need to improve on discipline.

“I thought we were really tough and courageous, but there were a couple of decisions that went against us during the game that I’d like to see again.

“We completed in the 90 per cent tonight, which is as good as it gets in rugby league so I’m very pleased.

“I know there’s areas we can fix; the disciplinary side of things we know we need to improve. We gave away too many penalties and made too many errors.”

Lam was also keen to stress the importance of a number of key men who helped the Warriors over the line

“I thought we turned up and played for each other, we were consistent across the board.

“I thought Liam Farrell and Zak Hardaker in particular were outstanding again and Sam Powell was brilliant in defence.”

Tommy Leuluai did miss out though, but Lam said it isn’t serious and praised stand-in halfback Harry Smith.

“It’ll be two to three weeks for Tommy, so hopefully he’ll be right soon – he’s got a bit of an issue with his sternum.

“Harry was good most of the game, he’s still got areas where he can learn and keep getting better and I’m working with him hard on that.

“He’s certainly a competitor and every game that he plays is only going to make him better.”

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