Adrian Lam on Leigh’s win over Warrington and injury blow to Frankie Halton

Drew Darbyshire
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Adrian Lam was a very proud coach after his Leigh side won their sixth game in a row by beating league leaders Warrington.

The Leopards continued their impressive start to life back in Super League with a 30-12 win over Warrington at the Leigh Sports Village on Friday night.

Speaking after the game, Lam said: “Very proud and it was a tough game, it needed to be. Warrington are a quality side that have set the standards for the season so it was a good game to have here at home after five wins in a row for us, so the timing was good as well, so overall I’m really pleased.

“I knew it was going to be physical and we had to be up to the challenge. I think they’ve only lost two games all season which is credit to them, they’ve been playing some great rugby, so we just needed to go with that and see how we fared.

“We were reasonably good for most of the game. I was just happy with our resilience. The second half wasn’t perfect but just the way we defended our line was really impressive in the sense that we kept turning up for each other. Warrington created opportunities but just couldn’t get over the line in last ditch efforts there.

“I don’t think there was a standout, I think that’s been one of the secrets from us so far this year, that it has been a consistent effort from everyone and no one has really stood out and I felt the same tonight.”

Adrian Lam reveals injury blow to debutant Frankie Halton

Earlier this week, the Leopards announced the signing of Frankie Halton from Hull KR on a two-and-a-half-year deal with immediate effect.

The Ireland international made his Leigh debut in their win over Warrington, but was dealt a blow in his first outing with his hometown club.

Lam said: “I thought his first part was really good but he’s seemed to potentially strain or torn a pec, which is not good news because it is long-term that, three to four months. It doesn’t look good at the moment so we’ll just see how that unfolds.

“He’ll have scans probably on Monday and then we’ll know a little bit better, but it doesn’t look good at the moment.”

‘I love the way Frankie plays’

Lam is delighted Leigh were able to bring Halton back to his hometown club, where he played for the club’s reserves several years ago after playing his junior rugby for Leigh Miners Rangers.

Lam added: “I love the way Frankie plays, it suits exactly the style I want to play.

“He’s an aggressive, tough person and player and I think that fits in to our team well but he’s got good size about him.

“I love his skill and his ability, he’s quite quick as well so that’s who we want to be.

“I’m really pleased for the town, his family and him for him to come back here.

“He’d just signed for two years with Hull KR as well so how that unfolded really quickly was amazing and I’m really pleased that he’s here now. We’ll get through this part and I think we’ll be a better club for him being here.”

Next up for Leigh is a clash with Wakefield at Magic Weekend next Sunday, 12pm kick-off.

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