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Wigan head coach Matt Peet praised Harry Smith after the winning goal against Hull FC; Brett Hodgson feels the away team showed they are good enough to beat the home team
Last Updated: 03/31/22 11:42 pm
Matt Peet praised Harry Smith’s composure after his goal two minutes into the game gave the Wigan Warriors a 19-18 win over Hull FC.
It was the second final winner in a month for Smith, who replaced the suspended Thomas Leuluai, after his late goal gave his side a 29-28 win over Toulouse Olympique.
This time, his pointer has secured a win, taking his side to the top of the Betfred Super League at least until St Helens face Leeds Rhinos on Friday and Warriors head coach Peet boasts about both the young defender and his teammates.
Peet said: “It was brilliant from Harry. “It’s not the prettiest, but he trains hard and he’s very good in those pressure moments.
“The credit must also go to Liam Farrell, who made a hit that put us in position for Harry to score the knock-out goal.
“I can’t stress how proud I am of the players in the final minutes. We have players with the fitness and the ability to get through in the big moments.”
Wigan was back in crowd favorite Bevan French after 10 months of being sacked, but he was limited to a second-half role on the wing as his full-back rival Jai Field once again took over the limelight. with thrilling first and last attempts. meet.
Peet revealed he plans to include both France and Field in his starting lineup but is forced to use the former as a winger after losing Liam Marshall and Willie Isa to hamstring and shoulder injuries half one.
“Jai Field scored in a brilliant effort, he broke the game wide,” said Peet. “He has that speed to do it.
“Above all, I think his defensive ability is excellent. He does some tough kicks and plays really bravely. You can see that teams are looking to get fit with him and I think he really enjoyed that.”
“It’s not an injury headache; I don’t have a decision to make.
“Bevan has been working really hard since he came back, it’s great to see him out there. He’s one of those players you love to watch, just like Jai.”
Peet will now have a full week to prepare for the Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wigan at Wakefield Trinity, followed by a Good Friday derby clash with St Helens.
Hull, who brought captain Luke Gale back from a five-match ban, scored two attempts in seven minutes just before half-time and was also in front when impressive full-back Joe Lovodua created a challenge for Chris Satae as they pushed the Warriors all the way.
“It was a tough competition,” said Black and Whites head coach Brett Hodgson. “We are disappointed that we were able to win that game.
“I can’t believe how proud I am of the effort after such a short game. We only had the captain’s armband to prepare for that game. It took a lot of morale and I think we did it.”
“We had more than enough chances to end the game at 18-12, but maybe we weren’t healthy enough to take it out. But I’m not too discouraged because we were good enough to win.
“A top-class opposition player injured us twice, that’s the difference. We talked about stopping him, but it was harder to do than talk about it.”