Sean O’Loughlin: We can’t have too many regrets


Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin says his side can’t have too many regrets following their agonising 8-4 Grand Final defeat to St Helens.

Saints’ victory enabled prop James Graham to end his career on a high note but Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin was left with a sore feeling as he entered retirement.

“It’s disappointing seeing how upset the boys are,” O’Loughlin told Sky Sports. “I know how much they wanted it because it was my last game and I feel for them as much as I feel for myself.

“We’ll dust ourselves off and the boys will go again next year.

“We both had opportunities to win it at some point but we didn’t quite get it.

“It was an unbelievable game to be part of, a shame we came out the wrong side of it but it had to be one of us.

“That’s sport, that’s the game. It’s going to be a pretty low changing room, the boys are gutted but we left nothing out there. We can’t have too many regrets.”

Wigan coach Adrian Lam said he thought his side deserved to win.

“It’s surreal,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s really heart-breaking for the players. We did everything possible at the end to get the win because I thought we deserved that.“I thought our boys were unbelievably great. We kept turning up for each other. You don’t want it to end like that. I thought we deserved to win.

“We had opportunities and we didn’t quite convert them and I think that’s what got us in the end.”

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