Sheffield news John Bateman shuts down George Williams as he defends England teammate PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The pair both scored in England's win over the All Stars.

Sheffield news John Bateman shuts down George Williams as he defends England teammate PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The pair both scored in England's win over the All Stars.

Sheffield news  John Bateman shuts down George Williams as he defends England teammate PremierLeague-News.Com
19 June 2022 - 11:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! John Bateman has mounted a fierce defence of George Williams and said the criticism his England team-mate has received this season is “a load of b******t”. Wigan Warriors forward Bateman starred alongside Warrington Wolves playmaker Williams in Saturday’s mid-season international against the Combined Nations All Stars. England won 18-4 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and Bateman took centre stage with a brilliant assist for Williams’ first-half try before getting on the scoresheet himself after the interval. Bateman won two Super League titles alongside Williams in the cherry and white of Wigan and reckons his former club-mate remains one of the best half-backs in the game. Williams has largely underwhelmed since joining the Wolves midway through last season from Canberra Raiders but showed glimpses of his undeniable talent against the All Stars. Read more:Shaun Wane names standout hooker in England's win over All Stars and how many players are nailed on World Cup starters “It’s good to play with George,” Bateman said. “He’s had a tough year and a lot of people have been at him but – and I apologise for swearing – I think it’s a load of b******t. “He’s one of the best players on his day. It’s hard sometimes when you’re in a team that's not winning but George for me is the best out there. He’s one of those players I’d have by my side any day of the week. Playing for England gets your confidence up. I hope they (Warrington) don’t go back and win too many games but I hope George plays well. He’s my mate and a team-mate as well.” After tries from debutant Jake Wardle, Williams and Bateman sealed the win, England boss Shaun Wane admitted he was far from satisfied with the overall performance. He warned there were around 10 places in the team up for grabs ahead of the World Cup and said Bateman was not one of the three or four men guaranteed a place in the side. That does not faze Bateman, who has recaptured something approaching his best form this season after, by his standards, a disappointing 2021 campaign. The Yorkshireman added: “You have to keep playing well.

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. I suppose everyone can do a bit more, but that’s what it’s all about. “We need to play the best we can. It’s going to be a 24-man squad for the World Cup, it will be about those 24 playing to their best standard and that will get us over the line.” Having won the Challenge Cup and become a father for the second time in recent weeks, Bateman reflected: “It’s been a good month or so. I’ve said previously that, compared to last year, I’m just enjoying my rugby and that brings the best out of me.” Bateman revelled in his role in the middle of the park at loose forward against the All Stars, showing a brilliant burst of pace to break the line and send Williams galloping clear. Ostensibly a second-rower, the versatile forward added: “I enjoyed it in the middle. It’s a bit different to club level as you’re not really stuck on one side. “You’re around the middle and touching the ball and getting involved a lot more. I enjoy that side of the game, which is what it’s all about for me. “I had my old pal Micky (McIlorum) inside me and I look forward to playing with him all the time.” Bateman joked that he will ask Wigan head coach Matty Peet for a regular slot at loose forward, saying: “I just said in the changing room then ‘I’ll have a word with Matty and see what he says’. I enjoyed touching the ball plenty and being in the middle. “For a couple of years I probably tried it back and forth and it probably wasn’t the time to do that. I feel I’ve matured a little bit now as a player and I understand the game a lot more. It’s not just about running and, while there are still areas to improve on, I enjoyed it.” Read More Related Articles England talking points as Shaun Wane left with plenty to ponder after All Stars win Read More Related Articles England talking points as Shaun Wane left with plenty to ponder after All Stars win

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