Adrian Lam hails youngster Ethan Havard after man of the match display

Ethan Havard (30) of Wigan Warriors in action during the game

Wigan coach Adrian Lam praised young loose forward Ethan Havard following his man of the match performance in the win over Castleford.

Havard, 19, was making just his third first team start for the Warriors and played the full 80 minutes in the 30-22 victory.

Back-rower Liam Farrell also impressed, getting on the scoresheet, with increasing calls for him to return to the England fold.

Lam said: “Very happy, it was a pretty tough game really. We had a couple of injuries and players were rotated around and it wasn’t ideal that situation but I was really proud of their efforts.

“Liam gets that because he works hard and he’s respected by the group and probably every player in Super League, he’s been around for a long time but he’s resilient as well, he keeps turning up every week.

“Pretty happy with Ethan there too, who as a 19 year old has played 80 minutes at first grade in a top of the table match and that’s incredible.

“We had five of the starting 17 out injured, just pleased they keep turning up for each other.”

The win for the Warriors means they are guaranteed to be top of the table going in to next weekend’s games, as Super League edges nearer to the return of fans.

The RFL are pushing for the round at the end of September, when Wigan will host St Helens, can be played in front of fans within grounds.

This weekend’s games are being played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, the third central venue to be used behind closed doors.

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