Written by John Davidson
Wigan coach Adrian Lam believes his side didn’t deserve to lose the 2020 Super League grand final to St Helens and were the better team on the night.
Saints won the tightest of deciders right at the death thanks to a Jack Welsby try at the KCOM Stadium in November, after Tommy Makinson’s field goal attempt bounced off the past.
Lam has watched the grand final back and says the Warrors “played exceptionally well” in Hull on that evening.
“I’ve got to because your pre-season is based around what you do well and what you need to improve on,” he told Everything Rugby League.
“I was really proud of the group of players that night. I thought they didn’t deserve to lose, I thought we played exceptionally well, I thought we were the better team, I thought we created more opportunities.
“But that doesn’t win you the game, so we just have to keep working hard as a group and collectively be on the same page. We’re happy.”
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The nail-biting ending was one of the climatic in rugby league history and one of the most heart-breaking for Wigan.
The match appeared set to go to extra-time until Welsby grounded the ball after a frantic scramble in the in-goal area in the dieing seconds.
But Lam plans to use that pain and heartache from the grand final to motivate his side and fuel them for a new premiership challenge this season.
“The last play of the season, obviously it still pops up in the sub-conscious mind,” he admitted.
“We’ll revert to it at some stage, we have in pre-season and we will again. It’s what drives you as a professional sportsman.
“No matter what sport you’re in, you want to be successful. Times like that do hurt and they’re part of the journey I guess.
“In 12 months time if it’s a different result in our favour then I’m sure that would have played a part in us getting there. So it’s part of our journey, we’ve embraced it, we’ve moved forward and hoping for better things in 2021.