Wigan Warriors Under-19s Head Coach, Darrell Goulding, on Wigan’s 12-10 win over City of Hull Academy at Bishop Burton College
Goulding says team handled short turnaround well
- “It was a scrappy game but it’s good to take the two points” Darrell Goulding
Under-19s Head Coach Darrell Goulding said he was glad to take the two points despite a scrappy affair against City of Hull Academy.
Efforts from Samy Kibula and Liam Paisley saw Wigan lead 8-0 at the interval. Callum Green put Wigan further ahead early in the second-half before Hull scored two from Max Riseham and Jez Litten cutting Wigan’s lead to 12-10.
A pulsating final 15 minutes saw Wigan defend several Hull sets on their line and have two men sin-binned but the Warriors hung on to tighten their grip on top spot in the league.
“It was a scrappy game,” Goulding said. “The weather didn’t help and it was on a really small pitch but it was good to take the two points.
“We were really strong and pretty happy with some of the things that we did in the first-half but the weather came down hard in the second-half and we came away from our game-plan a little bit.
“It was very similar to the game at Hull last year and I thought in the last few minutes that the game could have been taken away from us. We did well to hold on.
“Looking at the positives, it’s a good sign if we are not playing to our best and are still winning games. I think we were way off in some areas but a lot of things went against us so the fact that we have come away with the win says a lot.”
The week has been a short turnaround for the Under-19s, with them beating Castleford last Saturday and playing at Hull on Thursday.
Despite the change in routine, Goulding thinks his team dealt with it well.
The 29-year-old coach added: “We were never going to complain over the short turnaround.
“They had do it and we spoke a lot about backing last week’s win against Cas’ up. The lads did well in coping with that and they are ready to go for next week against Saints.
“There is a lot we need to work on for next week’s derby but there is also a bit of pride in the lads because they managed to take the win in difficult circumstances.”