Wigan coach Matt Peet was not surprised by “outstanding” Toulouse

Drew Darbyshire
John Bateman Matt Peet Wigan Warriors SWpix

Photo: Manuel Blondeau / SWpix

Wigan coach Matt Peet says he wasn’t surprised by Toulouse, but admits next week’s clash against Catalans will be a different beast.

The Warriors maintained their perfect start to the Super League season under their new head coach as they defeated Toulouse 29-28 in the south of France on Saturday.

Wigan left it late in Toulouse, with Harry Smith slotting a winning drop goal in the dying embers of the game to deny Toulouse of their first win in Super League.

“I wasn’t surprised by Toulouse,” said Peet. “I knew they are getting better week on week and it is clear that the win is getting closer for them.

“We started excellently, our attitude was in the right place. It wasn’t a situation where we didn’t turn up. It’s simply that Toulouse played themselves back into the game and credit to them for that.

“But we showed tonight that we can get ourselves out of trouble when we need to and we came up with some big plays including pressure goal-kicks that got us the two points.

“We have lots of lessons to learn from this game. Toulouse were the outstanding team on the night.”

More on Super League

Castleford 33-26 Hull: Greg Eden hat-trick inspires Tigers to victory

Huddersfield 34-2 Salford: Ian Watson leads Giants to strong victory

Toulouse 28-29 Wigan: Heartbreak for French side as Harry Smith kicks late drop-goal for Matt Peet and his men

Wigan are in the middle of a mini tour of France. They have visited Toulouse and will now head to Montpellier and Perpignan.

They face Grand Finalists Catalans Dragons next weekend. Peet admitted his side will need to be on top of their game to come away with the win.

He added: “We are well aware that Catalans in comparison have lots more experience and we will go into next week’s game as the underdogs.

“It’s a totally different challenge. At the moment Catalans and St Helens are the two outstanding teams in the competition. We know that it’s a big test for us in Perpignan and one we’re looking forward to.”

PLAY: Our free Fantasy Rugby League competition is back for 2022