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Lam hails defence after Dragons rout

31st March 2019, 19:38 by Craig Smithson

Adam Lam watched Wigan Warriors thrash Catalans Dragons 42-0 on Sunday and admitted to being "more excited" about the clean sheet.

The Warriors had endured a stuttering start to their Super League defence, but there were encouraging signs when they overcome Salford Red Devils away from home in their last outing.

And they secured a second successive victory for the first time in 2019 with a crushing win against the hapless Dragons at the DW Stadium.

A hat-trick of tries for Joe Burgess was significant given the fact he has been working his way back to full fitness after a 10-month anterior cruciate knee ligament injury lay-off since last April.

Oliver Gildart, Jarrod Sammut and Zak Hardaker all crossed for Wigan, while the latter also boosted the scoreline as he kicked six points.

Despite the impressive win, which appeared to show the Warriors have rediscovered the form which helped them win the Grand Final last term, Lam was keen to praise his defence.

He said: "I could feel a result like this coming. Even though it was only 8-0 at half-time, we had a few chances that we didn't take.

"I think Joe Burgess being back fit has made a massive difference to the team.

"We've still got lots of hard work to do, but today was certainly a big positive.

"Everyone will be talking about the 42 points scored, but I'm more excited about the nil."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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