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Matt Peet claims Wigan Warriors were “forgotten about” in Challenge Cup build-up

Wigan Warriors return to Super League this week, as they bid to extend an extraordinary spell of success. Wigan’s Challenge Cup win means the club currently hold all the silverware available to them, and they will be keen to keep that winning run going.

Head coach, Matt Peet, has been a huge part of Wigan’s success since taking over as the role from Adrian Lam in 2021, and has won every trophy available to him in less than three seasons at the club. With a contract which is set to run to 2030, Peet looks set for a prolonged spell of success in the role.

Peet won his first Challenge Cup in his first season in charge, thanks to a late Liam Marshall try to give the Warriors a 16-14 win over the Huddersfield Giants.

Speaking in the aftermath of his second Challenge Cup win, Peet has discussed how he felt his side were forgotten about in the build up to the game, and why this win is the most special of all of his trophy wins to date.

Wigan Warriors “forgotten about” in build up

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Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester in the aftermath of their cup win, Peet described his emotions, following Wigan’s victory. According to Peet, last week’s Challenge Cup win was the most special of his trophy wins so far.

Peet also feels that his Wigan Warriors side had been forgotten about in the build up, which was dominated by talk of Warrington’s performance  the previous week and the opportunity for Sam Burgess to win a first trophy. Peet said:

“I feel the fact that it means we’ve got the full set is huge but I just sense a change. Now that we’ve won a few things people would like to see us get knocked off our perch, which is fine. That’s human nature.

“But in the build-up, I just thought it was a bit like we’d been forgotten about a little bit. It’s probably just my motivation, really, that I really, really wanted to win. I didn’t want to see us lose. I thought the team stepped up.”

Peet feels his side handled the pressure well

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Wigan came into the game as favourites, and Peet believes this served to increase the pressure on his players. They also lost two key players in the build up to the game, with Adam Keighran and Tyler Dupree picking up suspensions in the game against Warrington.

However, for Peet, this actually improved the group and made them sharper for the big occasion. He said:

“I feel like handling the pressure in this one, where it’s probably the first one we’ve gone in as favourites and had a bit of feeling against us, I think it marks a big step for the team and bodes really well for the future.

“I also feel the fact that we had a bit of adversity in the week and we had to draw on some of our squad players, some of our younger players is a brilliant sign for the future.

“I actually feel like it sharpened us a little bit, having to throw a relatively inexperienced player in, losing an international front-rower. I think it’s a great sign for the squad when you have a bit of strife and the group comes together and really we didn’t miss a beat yet. In fact, it probably improved us.”

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. B

    June 13, 2024 at 4:57 pm

    You won Didn’t you give over winging

  2. B Horrabin

    June 13, 2024 at 5:04 pm

    You won Didn’t you give over winging

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