Difficult times for winger Rob, but patience is the key

HALIFAX winger Rob Worrincy has admitted it has been “difficult” not being part of boss Karl Harrison’s starting line up over the last fortnight.

The London-born speedster is locked in a four-way scrap for two wing berths, with former Batley threequarter Wayne Reittie and the fit-again Lee Paterson keeping Worrincy and last season’s top scorer Paul White on the sidelines for the Co-operative Championship wins over Sheffield and Keighley.

But with the Shay outfit sitting at the top of the league ladder with the only 100 per cent record in the competition, Worrincy - one of the form wingers outside Super League in recent seasons - admits it is impossible to argue with Harrison’s selections.

“Personally, it is difficult, but it’s definitely fair,” he said.

“It’s not nice not being in the side, but it’s good for the club that we have so much competition at the moment.

“It’s keeping everyone on their toes, you cannot afford to have a bad game at all otherwise you find yourself on the sidelines watching with the spectators.

“Coaches always talk about horses for courses and Karl is picking the 17 that he thinks is going to win the games.

“We’ve got four from four so he’s doing something right, isn’t he?

“I just need to be patient, bide my time and when the chance comes make sure I take it.”

Worrincy compared his current situation to when he arrived at the Shay from Sheffield a little over three years ago, when the then coach Matt Calland omitted him from his side several times early in the season.

“I was in and out of the side a little bit, and I think there are some similarities,” said Worrincy, who is hoping that this Saturday’s Challenge Cup date with Championship One outfit South Wales might open the door to a first team start.

“I need to get used to the new playing structure that Karl’s brought in and prove my worth in what we are trying to do.

“I’ve done that before when Matt was here, and hopefully I can do it again.

“It’s a very different type of game this year and I need to build what I do around that.

“He might rest one or two people on Saturday after a couple of very tough league games and hopefully that could give me a chance.

“If that happens, I’ll try and do enough to keep the shirt for the week after against Leigh.”

Wigan coach Shaun Wane praised the professionalism of his players as the Challenge Cup holders ran out 36-6 winners against Wakefield in the Stobart Super League.

The Warriors backed up their 28-10 win over St Helens on Good Friday with a seven-try demolition of the Wildcats in wet weather conditions at the DW Stadium.

Wigan led 16-0 at the break thanks to tries from Thomas Leuluai, Anthony Gelling and Darrell Goulding.

Further tries in the second half from George Carmont, who scored twice, Goulding and Josh Charnley extended Wigan’s unbeaten run to three matches and moved them to second on the Super League ladder following defeats for Warrington and Hull FC.

Wane said: “I think with it being wet, two games in a few days, it could have easily got a bit ugly but I have to say it was a professional job.

“Our backroom staff have been outstanding, the way the likes of (director of performance) Mark Bitcon have prepared the team and what we have done is outstanding. I am a very happy man and I have had a great Easter.”