Sam Burgess, the coach of Warrington Wolves, provided his assessment of their opening Super League match against Catalans Dragons, acknowledging both positives and areas for improvement.

Despite the 16-10 defeat, Burgess expressed pride in his team’s effort, particularly in defense during the first half. However, he admitted that their failure to manage the game effectively after Catalans’ red card was a significant factor in the loss.

Burgess highlighted the need to maintain intensity throughout the match and improve their discipline, especially in the second half. He credited Catalans for their togetherness but remained optimistic about his team’s potential going forward.

The match saw the debut of 17-year-old Arron Lindop, who Burgess praised for seizing his opportunity despite facing tough opposition. Burgess expressed confidence in Lindop’s future development and saw the match as a learning experience for the young player.

Regarding Michael McIlorum’s red card and Catalans’ subsequent surge in performance, Burgess acknowledged its impact on the game but remained focused on his team’s growth and preparation for future matches.

Despite the loss, Burgess believes in the potential of his team and sees the defeat as a learning opportunity. He emphasized the positive spirit within the squad and expressed confidence that they would bounce back stronger in their next game against Hull FC.

Burgess also clarified that prop Zane Musgrove’s absence in the second half was not due to injury but rather a tactical decision.

Overall, Burgess remains optimistic about his team’s prospects and is determined to build on the positives while addressing the areas needing improvement in the upcoming matches.