Junior Nsemba lavished in praise after fresh Wigan Warriors excellence

Head coach Matt Peet said Wigan’s strong start made all the difference as his side returned to joint-top of the Betfred Super League with a comfortable 26-6 win at a rain-lashed Salford. Three tries in the first half-hour from Adam Keighran, Junior Nsemba and Brad O’Neill capped a stunning first period from Peet’s men before a gutsy response gave Salford a glimmer of hope after the break.

Bevan French killed off those hopes when he dived over late on, and Peet admitted: “Salford are a team who ask you a lot of questions so it could easily have played out in a different way.

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“But our concentration levels were very high in the first half and we did enough early in the game. Then when Salford had their purple patch we managed to ride it out.”

Nsemba provided the highlight of the first period when he shrugged off two Salford players to barge over from 15 metres out and Peet praised the 19-year-old’s commitment.

“We’re very, very proud of the way Junior is conducting himself at the moment, in his attitude to improve and to concentrate on his performances and his practice,” said Peet. “He’s a very popular member of the squad. He’s very driven and diligent and he asks good questions. He’s a respectful young bloke, he’s a pleasure to work with and he’s obviously got some talent.”