Wigan Warriors Under-19’s Head Coach, Darrell Goulding, on Wigan’s 21-10 win over St Helens at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium
Goulding impressed by Jack Wells and Joe Shorrocks
- ”The victory was very pleasing!” Darrell Goulding
Under-19’s head coach Darrell Goulding said he was delighted with his side’s character in their 21-10 win over local rivals St Helens.
Saints opened the scoring through Tom Nisbett but it was cancelled out by Wigan winger Joe Brown. Mike Wheldon edged Saints back in front before James Worthington levelled the score. Josh Woods added a drop-goal on the brink of half-time which saw Wigan 11-10 to the good.
Woods eased nerves with a try to stretch Wigan’s lead in the second-half before Sam Grant sealed the two points just minutes from time as Wigan won 21-10.
“The victory was really pleasing and I am delighted with our effort,” Goulding said.
“When I turned up in the morning, it was really went and it was a Wigan and Saints derby so I guessed which sort of game it was going to be but I actually think we did quite alright to be honest. We kept more of a hold of the ball as the game went on and we moved.
“I think all the players played pretty well but Jack Wells coming back from injury and playing the full 80 minutes was a standout.
“Joe Shorrocks only played a short spell but he was brilliant again coming off the bench and gave us a lift but overall, I thought the whole team effort from one to 17 was incredible.”
The first-half saw both teams have players sin-binned. Wigan’s Worthington and Ollie Partington were shown a yellow card before Warriors forward Liam Paisley was sent off, with Saints sub Evan Bullen being sent to cool down for 10 minutes following an altercation after the sending off.
Goulding commented: “Anyone who watched the game would have seen that there was quite a lot of adversity with us losing a few men throughout but the character that the lads showed at the end was remarkable and the effort in the way we defended was great.
“When we had a man less, we ran the risk of losing but they dug in, stuck to our gameplan and stayed composed which is hard to do in them conditions and it paid off in the end.”
The 29-year-old also praised Wigan TV for streaming the game LIVE through Facebook, he said: “I think it is good for the fans and it is great from the club and it shows that they are leading in rugby again. Everyone at the club deserves a round of applause for that.”