Under 19s: Castleford 26 Wigan 34

Under 19s: Castleford 26 Wigan 34

  • Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19’s beat Castleford Tigers Under-19’s at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Darrell Goulding makes 11 changes to his side that lost at Widnes Vikings

  • Liam Paisley, Paddy Casey, Josh Woods, Sammy Kibula and Sam Grant (2) with Wigan’s try


Wigan Warriors Under-19’s edged past Castleford Tigers Under-19’s at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Saturday afternoon.

Liam Paisley and Paddy Casey gave Wigan the lead before Declan Sheehan pulled one back for Castleford. Josh Woods scored in the latter stages of the half which saw Wigan lead 18-4 at the break.

Wigan scored first in the second-half through Sammy Kibula but Castleford then hit back with efforts from Matt Diskin and Jake Trueman. Sam Grant stretched Wigan’s lead on the hour but the Tigers didn’t give up and scored another through Robbie Storey to make the score 28-20 to Wigan.

Grant then went over for his second while Jacques O’Neill scored a consolation for the home side late on but Wigan grinded out a victory against the Academy League leaders.


Darrell Goulding made 11 changes to his side that lost at Widnes Vikings two weeks ago. Craig Mullen, James Worthington, James Barran, Sam Grant and Josh Woods came in for Adam Ford, Liam Kenyon, Jake Sculthorpe, Nico Rizzelli, and Olly Russell in the backs.

Liam Byrne, Aiden Roden, James McDonnell, Ollie Partington, Joe Turton and Nathan Reidy were replaced by Sammy Kibula, Josh Ganson, Liam Paisley, Joe Pilling and Paddy Casey in the Warriors forward pack.

First-team squad players Luke Million and Declan Sheehan both started for the Tigers.


Wigan Warriors Under-19’s edged past Castleford Tigers Under-19’s at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers, like their First Team, were top of the table going into the game but Wigan were the better side from the start and scored in the 13th minute as Liam Paisley burst onto a flat ball from Harry Smith to storm over. Smith converted to put his side 6-0 up.

Wigan scored their second two minutes later as Caine Barnes made a great break before assisting the supporting Paddy Casey who finished the try. Smith added the conversion and the Warriors led 12-0.

It took time for Castleford to find their feet but when they did Declan Sheehan finished acrobatically in the corner after a quick break. Calum Turner sliced his conversion attempt meaning Wigan were still 12-4 to the good.

Josh Woods extended Wigan’s lead with three minutes left of the first-half finishing off an impressive 40-metre team play. The conversion was on target from Smith and Wigan were 18-4 ahead at the interval.

HALF TIME: Castleford Tigers U19s 4–18 Wigan Warriors U19s


Wigan got off to a bright start following the break as Sammy Kibula crashed over the line from close range. Smith’s conversion was good and Wigan were 24-4 in front.

The Tigers quickly replied though as they passed it along the line and it fell to centre Matt Diskin who crossed the whitewash near the corner. Jake Sweeting failed to convert and Castleford trailed 24-8.

Cas came up with another score in the 52nd minute as Jake Trueman burst through Wigan’s defence on the halfway to dart over. Sweeting added the additional two points and the Tigers were now only 24-14 behind.

The game was very open in the second-half and Wigan scored two sets later. The halves were combining well and a nice passing move saw Sam Grant score. Smith couldn’t convert but Wigan were 28-14 up.

Castleford didn’t give up though and scored as they put it through quick hands down the line to Robbie Storey who scored. Sweeting added the extras and the score was tight at 28-20 in favour of Wigan.

With 10 minutes of the game left, there were two sin bins. Warriors centre James Worthington and Castleford prop Rory Dixon were shown a yellow card after a melee occurred.

Goulding’s men seemed to handle the man less better than their opposition and two minutes after the sin bins, Josh Ganson orchestrated a fine play as he passed it down the line to Grant who grabbed his second. Woods converted to put his side into a 34-20 lead.

Jacques O’Neill handed Castleford a lifeline with three minutes remaining as he went over, but the Tigers didn’t take their chances following the score with Wigan grinding out a well-earned victory.

FULL TIME: Castleford Tigers U19s 26–34 Wigan Warriors U19s

Match Details

Castleford Tigers U19s – 26

Tries: Sheehan, Diskin, Trueman, Storey, O’Neill

Goals: Turner 0/1, Sweeting 3/4

Wigan Warriors U19s – 34

Tries: Paisley, Casey, Woods, Kibula, Grant 2

Goals: Smith 4/5, Woods 1/1

HT: 4-18

Castleford Tigers U19s: 1. Calum Turner; 2. Declan Sheehan, 3. Robbie Storey, 4. Pat Diskin, 5. Jack Render; 6. Jake Sweeting, 7. Jake Trueman; 8. Rory Dixon, 9. Luke Million, 10. Jamal Goodall; 11. Joe Summers, 12. Luis Johnson; 13. Paddy Burns.

Interchange: 19. Jacques O’Neill, 18. Jack Ray, 16. Jonty Glenndinning, 20. Zack Freer.

Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Craig Mullen; 2. Joe Brown, 3. James Worthington, 4. James Barran, 5. Sam Grant; 6. Harry Smith, 7. Josh Woods; 8. Caine Barnes, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Callum Field; 11. Liam Paisley, 12. Joe Pilling; 13. Paddy Casey.

Interchange: 14. Callum Green, 16. Sammy Kibula, 21. Joe Shorrocks, 19. Nathan Wilde.

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