Wigan Warriors 10-27 Castleford Tigers

Wigan Warriors 10-27 Castleford Tigers

Report

Castleford Tigers cemented their dominance at the top of the table as they overcame a depleted Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium.

Wigan welcomed back second-row Liam Farrell but failed to stamp any real authority in the game as they struggled without the likes of Sean O’Loughlin, Lewis Tierney and Oliver Gildart.

The Yorkshire side emerged victorious with tries from Jake Webster, Luke Gale, Jesse Sene-Lefao and Greg Eden as they proved too hot for their opposition, despite a brace from Morgan Escare.

It was a battle that promised much excitement as the competition’s current leaders took on last year’s Grand Final winners, and the game certainly lived up to expectations.

Although nobody scored until Castleford crossed the line in the 24th minute, both sides started powerfully and with determination as Wigan were held up twice with the Tigers defence proving too strong.

Webster pounced onto a neat pass from Ben Roberts that cut through the Warriors defence and allowed the centre to crash over from close range. Gale added the extras and then scooted in for a try of his own just two minutes later to put his side 12-0 up.

Wigan responded five minutes before the break through Escare who scampered his way through an uncharacteristic gap in Castleford’s defence after selling Greg Minikin a dummy, but failed to convert his score to leave the Tigers with a ten-point cushion going into half time.

And the league leaders extended their lead just three minutes after the re-start as Sene-Lefao used sheer upper body strength to bulldoze his way through Wigan’s defence and score under the sticks.

The tempo stepped up a gear in the second half as both sides produced some exciting play, George Williams again starring for the Cherry and Whites. And they could have scored twice if not for two knock-ons from Willie Isa and Tom Davies on either side of the field in perfect positions.

Score next they did, though, with young winger Tom Davies showing his speed down the right and feeding Escare in for his second try of the night in the 73rd minute.

But it was not enough to forge a comeback. The Warriors came close to scoring in the dying moments but Eden plucked the ball out of the air brilliantly mid pass and raced the length of the field to secure the win for Castleford.

Gale rubbed salt into the wounds of Wigan in scoring a drop goal in the last minute, sending the Tigers back to Yorkshire two points clear at the top of the table.

Written by Zoe Shackleton.

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
6George WilliamsStand Off000000
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half000000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 17Prop000000
10Ben Flower 15Prop000000
11Joel Tomkins 23Second Row000000
12Liam FarrellSecond Row000000
16Sam PowellHooker000000
19Ryan Sutton 24Loose Forward000000
20Willie IsaCentre000000
22Morgan EscareFull Back210000
32Liam ForsythCentre000000
35Liam MarshallWing000000
36Tom DaviesWing000000
15Tony Clubb 10Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 8Interchange000000
23Nick Gregson 11Interchange000000
24Joe Bretherton 19Interchange000000
 Total 210000

Castleford Tigers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Zak HardakerFull Back000000
2Greg MinikinCentre000000
3Jake WebsterCentre100000
5Greg EdenWing100000
7Luke GaleScrum Half151000
9Paul McShaneHooker000000
11Oliver HolmesSecond Row000000
12Mike McMeeken 15Second Row000000
13Adam MilnerLoose Forward000000
14Nathan Massey 19Prop000000
16Ben RobertsStand Off000001
18Matt Cook 17Prop000000
6Rangi Chase 21Interchange000000
15Jesse Sene-Lefao 12Interchange100000
17Junior Moors 18Interchange000000
19Gadwin Springer 14Interchange000000
21Joel Monaghan 6Wing000000
 Total 451001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 6, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Thursday

Venue

DW Stadium

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Wigan Warriors4610
Castleford Tigers141327