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“Sam Burgess is facing his first crisis” – Legendary commentator worries for Warrington Wolves

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Former Sky Sports commentator Eddie Hemmings has argued that Sam Burgess is undergoing his first crisis since taking over at Warrington Wolves with the club having lost three games on the bounce and facing tough tasks on the horizon.

So far in his first role as head coach, there have been very few hiccups for Sam Burgess who has transitioned to the profession with ease. However, he’s currently in his first rut and is in desperate need of a win over Hull FC to help get back on track. Unfortunately for Burgess, Hull FC have just snapped their 11-game losing streak and could prove a stiffer test than initially expected.

A Challenge Cup Final defeat against Wigan Warriors was sandwiched by a loss against Matt Peet’s side in Super League, during which Sam Burgess rested many of his starters, and last week’s 25-14 defeat to Salford Red Devils as Marc Sneyd put on a masterclass.

In the previous two games, at Wembley and against Salford, Warrington have looked undercooked and that’s led to Eddie Hemmings suggesting Sam Burgess is currently facing his first crisis in coaching.

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Can Sam Burgess overcome his first crisis?

Sam Burgess with a BBC Sport microphone during Challenge Cup coverage

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Hemmings made his comments whilst speaking on The Sportsman’s Youtube Channel for their Last Tackle show, explaining that the club are at a crucial stage in the season having just passed the halfway mark and hit their first major dip in form.

The ex-Sky Sports commentator said: “Very much so, yes, they were poor against Salford, put it down to a cup hangover if you like. I’m sure, despite the fact that they lost, there was a little bit of celebration because they actually got to Wembley in the first place and there was a bit of commiseration and a sense of ‘Let’s all get together and regather all the community spirit within the club’.

“But Sam Burgess is facing his first crisis since arriving at the club. It’s three straight defeats including Wigan twice, one with all the kids playing, 18-19 at home, and a lot of people in Warrington are saying you should have played the kids at Wembley now but hindsight’s a wonderful thing isn’t it?”

Reflecting more on the most recent loss to Salford Red Devils in which Marc Sneyd played them off the park, Hemmings argued: “They lost at Wembley, then they lost at the weekend. They were poor against Salford.

“I think Sneyd is a great player. I’m not saying Warrington needs a Marc Sneyd, they probably think they’ve got them but I do believe that this is a crucial time for Sam.”

Hemmings left Wire fans with an ominous warning though as he explained he expects Sam Burgess to turn the immediate form around but is wary about the distant games against Super League’s top two.

“I’m sure he’ll come out of it because if you look at the fixture list, they’ve got Hull this weekend then they’ve got, I think, a couple of home games, but then coming up large on the horizon is Saints and Wigan away.

“If you remember last year, 2023, eight from eight at the start of the season then losses to Saints and Wigan, and that’s when the wheels fell off.”

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