Castleford Tigers 54-4 Wigan Warriors

Castleford Tigers 54-4 Wigan Warriors

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A relentless all-round performance by the Castleford Tigers put title rivals Wigan to the sword at the Mend-a-hose Jungle, embarrassing them by 54 points to 4.

An avalanche of tries in the second half pushed the game out of the reach of the woeful Warriors, who were unable to avenge their defeat to the Tigers early in the season, and leapfrog them to the summit of the table.

Castleford got off to the best possible start, scoring in the first set of the game.  Michael Shenton tore through a gaping hole in the Warriors defence and found the supporting Luke Gale, who was hauled down short of the line. The resulting play saw Adam Milner burrow his way over from close range, with Gale adding the extras for 6-0.

The Tigers doubled their lead on 8 minutes following an excellent 40 metre break from Zak Hardaker.  Cas spread the ball wide to the left, catching out a Wigan defence at sixes and sevens, where Eden drew in full back Morgan Escare and sent the impressive Shenton waltzing over.

A clearly rattled Wigan had no answers to the Tigers stampede, conceding a penalty on 17 minutes, 20 metres from their own line.  A protesting Frank Paul Nuuausala was despatched to the sin bin for dissent, while Gale tagged over the penalty goal to bring the scores to 14-0 for the Tigers.

The 23rd minute saw Wigan given their first real chance to put points on the board, with Burgess feeding Liam Marshall, however the flying youngster was deemed to have put a foot over the whitewash.  Wigan did score minutes later, with Sam Powell dummying his way over.  Escare’s missed conversion brought the scores to 14-4.

An error from the restart caused by a bone-rattling hit from Junior Moors, led to a further Tigers try, with a quick play the ball catching the defence off guard. This allowed Matt Cook to twist and turn his way over the try line, with Gale slotting over the extras to give Cas a dominant and deserved 14 point lead.

Wigan’s woes continued to grow following great work from the electric Rangi Chase just after the half hour mark.  A sideways running Chase caused havoc with a bewildered Warriors defensive line, with a mammoth gap being exploited by a rampaging Mike McMeeken, who stormed his way to the line.  With half time approaching, Gale attempted the one pointer, only to see it ricochet back off the post.  Nevertheless, both teams headed back down the tunnel with the scores at 26-4 in favour of Castleford, with the visitors having it all to do in the second half.

Wigan endured another torrid start to the half, with Willie Isa’s knock on allowing Paul McShane to break to within 10 metres for the Wigan line. Gale then attempted to jink his way to the line, only to be clotheslined by Escare, who became the second Warrior to be sent to the sin bin.  The man advantage proved costly in the next play, with the effervescent Chase looping a pass wide for Minikin to barge his way over.

Full of confidence, Castleford started to turn up the heat, with Chase again proving to be a thorn in the Wigan side.  A sublime Chase dummy bamboozled the Warriors defensive line, with him eventually being held up over the line. The last tackle play saw Gale interchange passes with Grant Millington, whose return offload allowed Gale to shimmy his way over, and showboat cheekily towards the away supporters.  His 6th successful conversion pushed the Tigers 36-4 ahead.

In what was rapidly becoming a shellacking for the Warriors, a poorly timed charge down saw the ball rebound into the grateful arms of McShane, whose break and pass saw Millington stroll over to take the Tigers over the 40 point mark.  Gale’s conversion brought the scores to 42-4, with Wigan having no answer to a rampaging Castleford outfit.

With the second half only 17 minutes old, Castleford handed out further punishment for a beleaguered Wigan side through Jake Webster.  The powerful centre refused to be downed from close range, dragging 3 defenders over the line to touch down for the home side’s 8th try of the evening.

A rare try-less 10 minutes was soon ended with another spectacular try, pushing the Tigers past 50 points.  A slick McMeeken break saw the ball find Hardaker, whose well timed offload sent Greg Minikin over unopposed.  Gale’s obligatory conversion brought the scores to 54-4, with the final hooter sounding minutes later, sealing a momentous and crucial victory.

Written by Nathan Okell.

Castleford Tigers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Zak HardakerFull Back000000
2Greg MinikinWing200000
3Jake WebsterCentre100000
4Michael ShentonCentre100000
5Greg EdenWing000000
7Luke GaleScrum Half180001
9Paul McShane 6Hooker010000
10Grant Millington 17Prop100000
12Mike McMeekenSecond Row100000
13Adam Milner 21Loose Forward100000
14Nathan Massey 18Prop000000
15Jesse Sene-LefaoSecond Row000000
16Ben RobertsStand Off000000
6Rangi Chase 9Interchange000000
17Junior Moors 10Interchange000000
18Matt Cook 14Interchange100000
21Joel Monaghan 13Interchange000000
 Total 990001

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
3Anthony Gelling 20Centre000000
5Joe BurgessCentre000000
6George Williams 33Stand Off000000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 17Prop000100
9Michael McIlorumHooker000000
10Ben Flower 19Prop000000
11Joel TomkinsSecond Row000000
12Liam FarrellSecond Row000000
13Sean O’LoughlinLoose Forward000000
16Sam PowellScrum Half100000
22Morgan EscareFull Back000100
35Liam MarshallWing000000
36Tom DaviesWing000000
17Taulima Tautai 8Interchange000000
19Ryan Sutton 10Interchange000000
20Willie Isa 3Interchange000000
33Josh Ganson 6Interchange000000
 Total 100200

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 29, 2017 7:00 pm Super League 2017 Saturday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Castleford Tigers262854
Wigan Warriors404