Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet named February’s Coach of the Month

Josh McAllister
Matt Peet

Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet has been named February’s Betfred Coach of the Month.

It’s been a dream opening month for the Warriors head coach who has enjoyed an unbeaten start to his new role at the club.

With voting based on rounds one to three, Peet was unanimously voted as February’s Coach of the Month.

Peet opened his account away at Hull KR – a side that beat the Warriors twice in Super League last year – earning an eye-catching win.

That victory was followed up by back-to-back wins at the DW Stadium over Leeds and Huddersfield respectively.

Peet’s appointment as head coach at Wigan Warriors signalled a new beginning for the club and so far, all is going to plan. A shift in culture and a rise in standards both on and off the field have paid dividends for Peet and his side early on in 2022.

Peet has Wigan ‘firing straight away’

Discussing Peet’s start to life as Wigan head coach, BBC’s Matt Newsum stated: “Really impressive start by Matt Peet, who has got Wigan firing straight away in his first head coaching role, against some impressive opposition.

“While the opening two rounds were an exhibition of invention and expansion, the win against Huddersfield showed he can get a team to fight and grind out results too, when defences are proving hard to break down and opposing attacks are throwing plenty of shape in return.

“His fusion of Cust and Leuluai in the halves has seemingly shed years off the latter, and he’s harnessed the former’s kicking game to great effect. Jai Field has been superb in Peet’s system too.”

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Matt Peet means business

Fellow panel member and freelance rugby league writer Ross Heppenstall added: “Matt Peet has quickly proved that he means business as head coach of Wigan Warriors, guiding his team to three straight wins in February and scoring 80 points in the process.

“While he is not alone in enjoying a 100% record after three games, Peet deserves to be acknowledged for his immediate impact at Wigan, as illustrated by their promising start to the season.”

On being named Coach of the Month in February, Matt Peet said: “It’s pleasing to receive this award as it shows we have made a positive start to the season.

“Full credit must go to the players who have worked hard to get those performances. We all understand it’s very early days but it’s a good start.”

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