Josh Woods reflects on narrow Derby loss
20-year-old makes third appearance for Wigan in game against St Helens
- Wigan lose first Good Friday Derby in nine years at St Helens win 21-18
Wigan youngster Josh Woods said certain things didn’t go Wigan’s way as they narrowly lost out to St Helens in the Good Friday Derby.
The Warriors led 2-0 early on but trailed 12-2 at the break. They fought back well though and were 14-12 ahead in the second half only for the home side to claw them back and take the win late on.
Woods, 20, in his first full season with the Warriors First Team made only his third appearance for the Warriors as he came off the bench.
“I got brought into Waney’s office on Tuesday and he made the call then because Morgan wasn’t expected to play.” Woods said.
“It’s been an exciting week and I’ve loved every minute of it!”
On the game, he said: “It was a decent performance, there was lots of effort. A few 50:50s didn’t go our way and things like that can cost you games like that. It was very fast and very physical.”
Wigan trailed 12-2 at the midway point but Woods said the team were always confident they could get back in the game.
“We just needed to fix a few things up, some technical points. We knew that if we could get back into the grind of the game and go set for set with them then we’d always have a chance. With ten minutes to go we thought we had them.
The half-back has impressed for Wigan Reserves in 2018 and hopes for more game time in the near future.
“It was a big step up and you don’t get much bigger than a Wigan Saints Derby on Good Friday! It was a massive game, a full house and a great atmosphere too. These are the games you want to play in!
“Hopefully I can get another shot at some point, I’ll just keep trying to prove myself day in day out at training too.”