‘The team was on from the get go’: Nsemba on Wigan’s super semi win

22 May 24, 10:58AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

Photo by Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors second-rower Junior Nsemaba says his side were ready from kick-off and did not let up in their one-side 38-6 Challenge Cup semi-final win over Hull KR.

Wigan booked their place at Wembley with an emphatic 32-point result.

The Warriors scored after just four minutes, and posted five tries in the first half to blow the Robins out of the contest in Doncaster.
“Today I felt like the team was on from the get go,” Nsemba told Everything Rugby League.

“We had a job to do and we’ve done it. I’m pretty happy with how the boys started and maintained [throughout the game].

“I wouldn’t say that the game was over at half-time. We had to stick at it, we couldn’t drop off.

“We can’t take any team for granted so we need to stick at our job and play every minute out.”

Nsemba was one of Wigan’s best in the sun in Doncaster.

The powerful second-rower, who is only 19, is now headed to play in his first Wembley final.

“It’s the first time for me getting there, so for a selfish reason it’s really good to get there,” he said.

“It’s a big achievement for me and the boys.

“I’m we put the hard work in today and got the reward we needed.”

Nsemba only debuted for the Warriors in 2022 and has yet to play more than 30 games for the club.

But the hulking back-rower has already shown he has a bright future in the sport.

“I’m definitely happy with how I’m playing,” he said.

“It’s obviously a big job to cover Willie Isa’s position, because he’s such a great player.

“Defensively, technically, tactically, he’s such a good player. So it’s pretty hard to cover his role but I feel like I’m doing a decent job at the moment.”

A local junior who was born in Wigan, Nsemba is fast becoming a fan favourite with the Cherry & Whites faithful.

He already has his own chant designed by Warriors supporters, with his name sung to the lyrics of the 1958 song Tequila by the band The Champs.

“I’ve heard it, I try not to smile too much when I hear it,” he laughed.

“I do like it, it’s nice for the fans to have a chant about me. The fans are massive in games like this.

“When we’ve got the fans behind us it’s really good to have their support, it helps us.”

Be the first to comment on this article

Make a comment...

Our Valued Partners

European Championship logo X-league rugby league logo Cleveland Rugby League Brasil Rugby League Latin Heat Rugby League Logo Ghana Rugby League Serbia Rugby League Canada Rugby League Norway Rugby League Russian Rugby League Cameroon Rugby League Malta Rugby League Nigeria Rugby League Logo