Subs Changed the Game

Subs Changed the Game

  • Wigan Warriors Reserves Assistant Coach, Darrell Goulding, on Wigan’s 40-10 win over Warrington

  • Subs Ollie Partington and Luke Waterworth stood out for Goulding along with first-team players Nick Gregson and Tom Davies

  • ”Our bench came on and changed the game” Darrell Goulding

Warriors Reserves Assistant Coach Darrell Goulding said Wigan’s interchange bench changed the game for the better in their 40-10 win over Warrington Wolves.

Warrington scored two early tries through Danny Rasool and Benjamin Jullien before substitute Luke Waterworth pulled two tries back for Wigan to see the Cherry and Whites lead 12-10 at the interval.

Wigan tries from Callum Field, Joe Pilling, Josh Ganson, Josh Houghton and Tom Davies in the second-half clinched a convincing 40-10 victory over local rivals Warrington in the opening Reserves game of the season.

“It was a really pleasing performance,” Goulding said. “We have a different focus than the Academy because it is about individuals doing their job and pushing for the first-team and a lot of them did well.

“I think we started the game a little bit flat and Warrington showed a bit more energy and it looked like they wanted it more than us in the opening stages but our bench came on and changed the game.

“Players like Luke Waterworth and Ollie Partington did a really good job for us, they lifted our spirits and we kicked on from that.

“The likes of Brevy [Joe Bretherton] and Nick [Gregson] needed game time and we could control their minutes and what they needed from a medical point of view which was great because we could get them ready for the first-team and obviously Waney [Shaun Wane] saw that.”

Warriors first-teamer Nick Gregson played for the first time in nine months after returning from a knee injury.

The back-rower made nine appearances in 2016 before his season was cruelly ended but Goulding has high hopes for him this time around.

“He was brilliant!” Goulding acknowledged. “I think he will be close to pushing onto the first-team already at the minute with the injuries that we have got so the fact he has got some minutes under his belt stands him in good stead.

“Nick played well and he can offer a lot of positions like the halves or back-row so he will be a valuable member of the first-team squad this year.

“I was impressed with Tom Davies as well. We got what we always get from him, he will do millions of carries per game and he works very hard but all across the board, I thought every player was good.”

The game was shown LIVE on Wigan TV and can be seen again, right HERE.

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