Happy Harry

Happy Harry

  • Half-back Harry Smith praises defensive effort as Under-19s beat Catalans

  • Wigan Under-19s win in France despite being down to 12 men for 50 minutes after Nathan Reidy sent off

  • Smith pleased with win and how the season is going so far

Under-19s half-back Harry Smith praised the team’s defensive effort after they kept Catalans to just 10 points despite playing 50 minutes with 12 men.

The Warriors led 16-0 after half an hour before Nathan Reidy was sent off for a spear tackle.

The Wigan youngsters remained dominant though as they ran in a further five tries and kept the home side scoreless up until the final three minutes.

Speaking after the game, the 17-year-old said: “I thought it was a good performance especially in defence when we went a man down, it was a big effort.

“We just said that we wouldn’t think about and get on with the game, work really hard for each other and get the win and that’s exactly what we did.

“It was disappointing to concede those tries, especially the last one – that was a bit soft from us but we were happy to keep them to nil for most of the game, particularly as we were down to 12 men.”

Smith picked out Hooker Josh Ganson as one of the standout players following a polished performance.

“Everyone played their part but Josh Ganson led us round the field well, as an older lad I think he really stood up well.

“It really helps when you’ve got a player like him with Super League experience in the side. He helps me and Callum (Green) as younger half-backs a lot.”

And on the partnership with fellow first-year half-back, Green, “It’s going really well, we’ve played with each other for a while now so we know how each other like to play and we’ve just got to keep playing like we have been doing.

“It’s been a really great experience (this season), I’m learning new things every day so I’ll just keep trying to take my chances.”

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