- Under-19s Coach Darrell Goulding on his side’s win against Castleford
- Coach was pleased with the comfortable 48-6 victory
- Goulding: ‘We showed a ruthless side’
Under-19s Coach Darrell Goulding was pleased with his ‘ruthless’ side’s performance on Thursday night as Wigan ran in nine tries to comfortably beat Castleford 48-6 at the Robin Park Arena.
Speaking to Wigan TV after the game, Goulding said: “We’ve always had the ability to put points on teams but I think we showed a ruthless side where it was tough at times and we put our foot down and scored a lot of points at the back of it and some of the rugby the lads played was brilliant.
“Our D (defence) and line speed were very good and we were quite aggressive from the start. I was really pleased especially with our middles, I thought they were brilliant. There’s a just a couple of technical things we needed to fix up but there were lots of positives.”
There were eight different try scorers for the Warriors and Goulding praised the younger players who came in to the side.
“The group’s going well. I think there’s a lot of quality to come into it. A lot of the lads (that played) were quite young lads and I think they really stood up and put great performances in but we’ve got a lot more to come back as well.
“It was really pleasing. I thought a lot of things we’ve practised and talked about we did really well and I think a lot of players probably got a chance playing in different positions and I thought they all did really well.”
Goulding also picked out some special words for Ben Kilner, Amir Bourouh and Liam Byrne who all heavily featured in the convincing victory.
“Ben Kilner; to be out for so long, I think the minutes he played he was absolutely brilliant and Amir Bourouh as well probably played the best he’s played and to play 80 minutes I thought was brilliant,” he said.
“All the middles, I thought Liam Byrne again was outstanding and I don’t think there was a bad performance from the 17.
“I think this year we’ve got lots of players to pick from. We’ve still got the likes of Ollie Partington, Samy Kibula, Caine Barnes, James Worthington, Joe Brown; there’s quite a lot of older players to go back into that team but the young lads are doing really well this season. I think they’ve had more games than they expected some of them but they’ve all done really well.”
The two points means Wigan all but seal the Academy League title albeit still being mathematically possible for St Helens to catch them on points difference.
Goulding said: “It’s something we definitely spoke about; that league leaders. Obviously, the sign of consistency it brings with that but also the points against and for and at the minute we’re doing really with that and that’s still a focus in these last few games before we go into the semi-final.”
The Warriors still have two league games to play against Castleford (away) and Leeds (home) before the semi-final stage and Goulding is expecting a tough end to the season: “Obviously, after that performance I think Castleford are going to be keen to play and at their place it’s always a very tough atmosphere and also the Leeds game which was unfortunately called off last week I think that will be another really good game.”
Click here to see the full interview with Darrell, highlights and the full game itself on Wigan TV.