Matt Peet explains Wigan Warriors’ huge loss to Leeds Rhinos, comments on St Helens and concedes the League Leaders’ Shield

Last night was a tough one to take for Wigan as they were beaten 42-12 at Headingley by an injury and suspension hit Leeds team to the surprise of many who were predicting Wigan to smash the Rhinos given their red hot form.

After the game, Wigan boss Matt Peet opened up on the performance to Sky Sports’ Jenna Brooks: “We came up against a team that beat us to the punch in all aspects, they outworked us and have athletes that when they create chances they’re a tough team to beat.

“I think credit goes to Leeds and the way they defended on their edges and forced us into mistakes. It’s not missed on me that teams make mistakes when they’re put under pressure and there’s energy around the ball.

“Credit to Rohan and his coaching team and the players. They worked hard tonight and got what they deserved.”

He also praised the Rhinos for the way they shut down star players Bevan French and Jai Field: “I think that comes from energy and hard work. Maybe a little us playing into their arms but I don’t want to take away from what they did tonight.”

When asked more about the Leeds performance and whether it was a season best, he said: “I wouldn’t comment too much on that, I’ve always thought they had it in them especially with Harry [Newman] coming back tonight. I wouldn’t judge them on past Leeds’ teams but they’ve got to be proud of themselves tonight.”

The win leaves Wigan four points off St Helens at the top who play bottom club Wakefield this weekend meaning they could open up a six point gap at the top.

When asked if last night was a blow to Wigan’s hopes of finishing top, Peet said: “I think the League Leaders is probably beyond us. I think Saints have shown that where they’re superior they don’t have many nights like tonight.”

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