Phil Clarke names Wigan Warriors’ biggest weakness

Last night Wigan Warriors came unstuck against the Catalans Dragons making it two defeats from their opening four and raising questions about their title credentials.

This led to Phil Clarke identifying the two areas of their team “not good enough” if they want to be Champions.

He said:

“I am not convinced that their stand-off Cade Cust is good enough to get them to win a Grand Final neither do I think they have a prop good enough, someone like Matty Lees or Alex Walmsley who can stand out.

“I know you sometimes want players in the middle of the field who can do regular things and work for a long period of time.

“They don’t have that kind of player. The first try of the game summed it up when Manu Ma’u got over Brad Singleton. It wasn’t just his fault but that summed it up.

“They’re not dominant going forward and their stand-off isn’t good enough to get them to a Grand Final.”

He also picked out their biggest weakness, something he felt was seen when they were beaten in the play-offs by Leeds Rhinos last year:

“They’re biggest weakness, and it was clear against Leeds in the play-offs and again here tonight, is there inability to score when close to the opponents line.

“I know that is something they are working on but they will be disappointed with the amount of chances they had that they didn’t score score from.

“If they are going to get to the Grand Final that needs to change.”

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