Wigan Warriors Under-19s Head Coach, Darrell Goulding, on Wigan’s 37-12 win over Castleford Tigers
Under-19s beat Castleford Tigers in the Academy Grand Final at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon
- Josh Woods, Josh Ganson, Paddy Casey and Sam Grant impress Goulding
Under-19s Head Coach Darrell Goulding lauded his side for playing some great Rugby as they managed to stave off Castleford and win the Academy Grand Final.
James Worthington and Jack Wells gave Wigan an early lead before Robbie Storey pulled one back for Castleford. One try from Sam Grant and another from Wells saw Wigan 20-6 to the good at half-time.
Josh Ganson stretched Wigan’s lead in the second half before Jacques O’Neill went over for Castleford. A try and a drop-goal from Josh Woods saw Wigan lead 31-12 before Callum Field sealed Wigan’s eighth Academy Grand Final victory in 10 years.
On the victory, Goulding said: “It’s been such a hard year for what we do with the lads off the field in training and I’m just made up because we’ve built all year for this one occasion and the players responded on the day.
“You never know how they are going to turn up on the day but it was between the best two teams this year and that’s the way I think the Grand Final should be.
“I knew the lads were on form from minute one and I thought they played some great rugby!”
The Warriors ran in seven tries and 37 points in total in a dominant display and Goulding singled out four players in particular for praise.
The former Wigan and England star added: “Quite a few stood out but I think everyone would probably pick Josh Woods out.
“He controlled the game along with Josh Ganson around the middle and I thought Paddy Casey was good. He never really gets many mentioned but he is one tough lad, he digs in there and does the little things.
“Sam Grant was brilliant again too. I think in the last three games he has been up there as one of our best players and he has come on a lot this year but I genuinely think from one to 17, they all put in a great effort.”