Adrian Lam proud of Wigan players after manic schedule

Harry Smith congratulates Wigan team-mate Umyla Hanley on his try
The Warriors ran in nine tries as they defeated local rivals Leigh in a convincing 50-6 victory, with Umyla Hanley’s treble and a Liam Farrell brace doing most of the damage.REPORT: Wigan 50-6 Leigh: Warriors continue recent strong form with convincing win over winless Centurions

Lam admits his team are doing it tough with regards to the schedule but he is proud of what they are producing.

Lam said: “I was really pleased for the group, it’s been a hectic time for us.

“We have played seven games in 32 days. We had a four-day turnaround for today and then a five-day one for next week.

“Tommy Leuluai tore his hamstring today and it’s purely back from a load of work we are doing.

“We have other players with strains and tears, and it’s all just a part of this short turnaround. It’s a difficult schedule for us, that’s why I am so proud of the players.”

Leigh interim coach Kurt Haggerty felt his side were never at the races at the DW Stadium.

The Centurions trailed 18-6 at one stage, after Liam Hood had levelled following Thomas Leuluai’s early opener for Wigan, but they conceded two tries in the final two minutes of the first half and went in 28-6 down.

Sam Halsall, Joe Shorrocks and Jackson Hastings grabbed second half tries for the Warriors before Hanley completed his hat-trick late on as Leigh remain winless after 14 Super League matches this season.

Haggerty said: I don’t think we weren’t even in it up to half-time. I usually speak diplomatically, but we were way off defensively and way off with the ball. We had no resilience to defend, and we got punished by a good team.”

Jack Ashworth – on his second Leigh debut – and Brad Singleton were dismissed for punching after 15 minutes and although Haggerty has only seen the incident once since, he admitted you cannot throw punches in the modern game.

He added: “It happened so quickly. I have only seen it back once, so I haven’t seen it enough times to see the situation. But the way the game is now, if you throw punches you have a good chance of going to the bin or getting sent off.”

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