The start to our season was on
balanced scales before Fridayís trip to Castleford. A good win there and those
scales would go up in favour of some reasonable positivity about our start to
Unfortunately the loss saw those
scales tip the other way and the manner of the defeat at Castleford on Friday
was deeply wounding to be honest. That was the kind of show we witnessed early
on in 2006 when we won just two of our first sixteen games that year and I hope
the rot is halted quickly against Hull this week.
What that showing on Friday did
most was empathise clearly the problems that have beset our whole season so
far. We are second worst, behind only Salford, for conceding penalties and in
terms of making metres, we are rock bottom!! Thatís right, worst in the league
for metres made!
Of course four games isnít a huge
sample but that is a toxic combination if those two stats continue. Add in that
our goal kick success is only at 50% (8 out of 16 attempts) and you just cannot
expect to compete with those kind of returns.
From the side that played at
Castleford though, eleven of the seventeen played in the Grand Final just last
October. Letís not forget Wigan were phenomenally good in the run up to Old
Trafford, so surely we canít just turn so bad overnight?
Or was that good form in
September just down to the fact that we never left home in the month before the
Grand Final? I mean, itís funny. I wrote 18th man articles a couple
of times last year about our poor big game record at the DW but that was certainly
firebombed when we beat Leeds, Huddersfield and Warrington twice at home at the
back end of last season.
We actually now have a record of
winning 14 of our last 15 Super League home games would you believe. After a
wounding game at Cas, that is a stat to claw back some confidence from, but
isnít it weird how weíve gone from a team that was once so great away from
home, yet patchy at the DW, to now the total opposite?
Wigan canít just rely on home
comforts to turn around this bad start though. I mean we beat Huddersfield at
home but it hardly a performance of potential champions, which is what the
standards of a club like Wigan should always be judged on. Weíve been way of
that so far and Iím intrigued to see how much improvement weíll get to see on