Warrington Wolves star George Williams gave an honest and passionate post-match interview to Sky Sports after their defeat to Catalans Dragons.
The Wolves fell to a 30-10 home defeat to league leaders Catalans Dragons on Friday night after what was described by interim head coach Gary Chambers as an ’emotional rollercoaster’ of week following the departure of Daryl Powell last Sunday.
England captain Williams delivered an honest interview with Sky Sports presenter Brian Carney after the game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
“I think we showed a lot more effort this week than we did last but we weren’t good enough tonight against a good Catalans side,” Williams said.
“But I think too many pressure releases allowed them to have too much field position and they punished us in the end.”
The Wolves, who won their first eight games of the season, currently sit fifth in the Super League table having lost their last six league games.
Asked what has gone wrong for the Wolves in recent times by Carney, Williams replied: “Great question. I think we’re looking for that ourselves in the changing rooms.
“I know it’s simple to say we work hard every week in training but we’re not delivering when we play, when it matters most.
“It’s disappointing, it has been for the last eight to 10 weeks which is concerning but we’re doing our best and at the minute that’s not good enough.”
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How the squad reacted to Daryl Powell’s departure
The Wolves parted ways with head coach Powell after last Sunday’s 42-6 defeat at Wakefield Trinity.
Asked about how the squad reacted to the news, Williams told Sky Sports: “Obviously disappointed, you don’t want anyone losing their job.
“He’s been here for 18 months and you build relationships and bonds but as a group we just said we had to move on and a reaction was what we needed and we showed it in patches but it’s not good enough in patches at the moment.
“We’re soul searching, I’ll not beat around the bush, there’s lads that are down on confidence and confidence is a big part of sport at the moment.
“We’re down (on confidence), I’ll not sugarcoat it but we are working hard, which is what everybody says, but we are doing our best to turn it around.”
Who will be next in charge of Warrington Wolves?
Earlier this week, former St Helens coach Justin Holbrook admitted he was ‘all but gone to England’ to take over the reins at Warrington before signing a three-year deal to become an assistant coach to Trent Robinson from next season.
When asked by Carney on which kind of coach Williams feels the team need, the England international said: “Good question. I think I’ll leave that to the CEO and the owners in charge. We can only control what we are doing on the pitch and at the moment that’s not good enough like I keep on repeating.
“Back to the drawing board, we’ve got a week off now to reset and come back stronger.”
Carney then asked if there was a ‘soft underbelly’ in the playing squad to which Williams responded: “Dishing up what we have then yeah. I think teams will be saying that when they come up against us.
“We can stick with them for 10, 20, sometimes 60, but we fall off so that could be a fair account of us at the moment.”
‘Stick with us’ – George Williams sends a message to the fans
Wrapping up the post-match interview, Williams sent a passionate message to the Warrington faithful, saying: “All we can do is give our all, at the moment I think we’re falling short in a lot of areas.
“You get the effort areas right and the rest will come but at the moment we’re probably down on them and our skill’s not good on the back of it so it’s a big snowball at the moment but we’re going to give our all.
“Please stick with us, get behind us and keep turning up spending your hard earned money, we appreciate it.”
Warrington will aim to bounce back in their next game against Leeds Rhinos on August 20, with a week off next weekend due to the Challenge Cup final.