Wigan Warriors 32-22 Castleford Tigers: Highlights, player ratings & talking points

Wigan Warriors took on Castleford Tigers tonight at the DW Stadium after both sides lost last week.

Whilst the Warriors went down 28-0 to Catalans Dragons, the Tigers were defeated 36-24 by Huddersfield Giants.

Castleford were only 10-6 down at half-time, but were 28-6 worse off early in the second-half. The Tigers clawed it back to 28-22, but two late Zak Hardaker penalties got Wigan over the line.

Highlights

Talking points

1. What was that decision?

Mahe Fonua was sent to the sinbin just before half-time after knocking on a pass from Jai Field. It was an inexplicable decision, with the Castleford centre adjudged to have taken Field late. The Disciplinary Match Review Panel has been busy so far this year, but surely Fonua can’t get banned for that?

2. Cas’ defence is paper thin

Yes, Castleford were hard done by with the yellow card, but they could still have responded with some big defence. That wasn’t forthcoming, however, and too often Wigan were able to cut through like a hot knife through butter. The Tigers were in front on metres gained by quite some distance in the first-half, but they couldn’t back that up with strong defence.

3. Peet won’t be happy

Wigan scored 32 points but let in another four tries to concede 22 points. It certainly won’t have pleased head coach Matt Peet, especially after losing 28-0 last week.

4. Field day

How good is this man? When Wigan needed someone to stand up and be counted and help them get through a sticky patch, Jai Field was there. The livewire fullback cut Castleford open on numerous occasions and underlined his credentials as one of the most exciting players in the competition.

Player ratings

23 Jai Field – 10
3 Zak Hardaker – 9
21 Kai Pearce-Paul – 8
25 Sam Halsall – 7
5 Liam Marshall – 7
6 Cade Cust – 7
7 Tommy Leuluai – 8
14 Morgan Smithies – 7
9 Sam Powell – 8
20 Liam Byrne – 7
12 Liam Farrell – 8
13 John Bateman – 8
11 Willie Isa – 9
Substitutes
10 Patrick Mago – 7
16 Harry Smith – 6
17 Oliver Partington – 8
19 Ethan Havard – 7

Castleford Tigers

31 Gareth O’Brien – 7
2 Derrell Olpherts – 6
4 Jake Mamo – 6
17 Mahe Fonua – 5
23 Greg Eden – 8
6 Jake Trueman – 7
9 Paul McShane – 7
15 George Griffin – 6
10 George Lawler – 7
22 Daniel Smith – 7
12 Kenny Edwards – 6
24 Cheyse Blair – 5
13 Joe Westerman – 9
Substitutes
5 Bureta Faraimo – 6
19 Tyla Hepi – 6
25 Suaia Matagi – 5
28 Brad Martin – 3

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