Wigan Head Coach Matt Peet believes there was no malice intended from Tommy Leuluai in the tackle that saw James Greenwood go off injured.
Greenwood went down after landing awkwardly following a three-man tackle. The tackle ended up with Leuluai on Greenwood’s legs as he went down.
As a result, referee Robert Hicks put the incident on report, after Greenwood hobbled off with an ankle injury. He may potentially be facing months on the sideline.
Peet told his post-match press conference: “I’m not sure what to make of it yet. I think it looked awkward.
“I don’t think there was any malicious intent. I’m hoping it is viewed with common sense, not the end result. There was no malice in it as far as I am concerned.”
Peet says Bateman’s effort is paying off
Peet, who was taking part in his first Challenge Cup game as Head Coach of the Warriors, also praised John Bateman for his defensive work.
Bateman scored the only try of the second half, and also played a key part in Wigan’s defensive efforts. He was named Man of the Match by Premier Sports.
He believes Bateman’s work on the training pitch is paying off.
Peet told Premier Sports: “Personally, I think it’s part of my job to get the best out of the likes of John (Bateman) and Liam (Farrell) and Zak (Hardaker) and all these good players that we’ve got. That’s my job.
“I think he’s been defending really well in recent weeks. And I think you’re starting to see signs now of his hard work paying off.
“I think when you see him getting offloads and get making kicks, the unexpected players that John makes, although they’re not always going to plan at the moment, I think you can see him building his game.”
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