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17th March 2001: Castleford 8 Wigan 24

Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League VI Round 2
Saturday 17th March 2001. Kick Off 6:05pm at The Jungle

Match Report by Andy Ellis (wiganwarriors.rivals.net)

Marching on

By Andy Ellis
Date: 21/3/2001

Standoff Phil Jones was the star of the show with a hat-trick of tries as Wigan overcame Castleford 24-8 at the Jungle on Saturday evening.

The relatively unknown 23-year old scored once in the first half and twice after the break to condemn the Tigers to defeat in their opening Super League VI fixture.
Cas began the game in a fast and frantic fashion, determined not to allow their more illustrious opponents room to manoeuvre.

The Tigers pressured the Wigan attack with some 'in-your-face' tackling and penned Wigan in their own half for opening period of the match. However Castleford were unable to make their early dominance count and were made to pay with Wigan's first meaningful attack.

Warriors hooker Terry Newton span a very poor pass out from dummy half, but the ball bounced along the floor. However standoff Jones did well to pick the ball up and he burst through a yawning gap in the Tigers defence to score in the left hand corner. Andy Farrell kicked a brilliant touchline conversion to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead. Farrell extended the Wigan lead with a penalty ten minutes later, after Cas were offside but Danny Orr replied for the Tigers shortly after with his own penalty effort.
However Jones brought the lead back to eight, five minutes later with another penalty, during Farrell's absence from the field.

Wigan extended their lead seven minutes from half time, when they completed several phases of possession; Brett Dallas broke through the defensive line and scored in the corner.
Jones missed his conversion to make the scores at the break 14-2 to the Wigan Warriors.
The home side made Wigan fight for every point in a tight encounter, but luck wasn't on their side and they lost second rower Lee Harland and hooker Aaron Raper to injury before half time.

The second half was just 73 seconds old when Jones bagged his second try, David Hodgson making the break before feeding Terry Newton, who sent Jones in for the touchdown. But it did not take Cas long to reply, with skipper Adrian Vowles, who won the Man of Steel award for his powerhouse display, touching down in the 48th minute, Orr adding the points. However, Wigan always had that little bit extra in the tank and they secured the win in the 66th minute when Jones grabbed his third try after a jinking run and added the conversion.

Indeed the margin of victory could have been even greater, but Jones had what he thought was his fourth try, when he won the race to reach Lam's kick, ruled out by the video referee.

Team Sheets

- Castleford Position Wigan -
1 Richard Gay Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
2 Jon Wells Winger Brett Dallas 2
4 Barrie Jon-Mather Centre Paul Johnson 15
3 Michael Eagar Centre Steve Renouf 3
5 Darren Rogers Winger David Hodgson 23
13 Adrian Vowles Stand Off Phil Jones 22
6 Danny Orr Scrum Half Adrian Lam 7
8 Nathan Sykes Prop Terry O'Connor 8
9 Aaron Raper Hooker Terry Newton 9
10 Dean Sampson Prop Neil Cowie 10
16 Ian Tonks 2nd Row Dave Furner 14
15 Darren Shaw 2nd Row Denis Betts 12
11 Lee Harland L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
12 Dale Fritz Substitute Gary Connolly 4
19 Gareth Handford Substitute Simon Haughton 16
22 Mark Lennon Substitute Francis Stephenson 17
23 Michael Smith Substitute Mark Smith 21

Score Sheet

Castleford Tigers 8 --- Wigan Warriors 24
Adrian Vowles
--- Tries:
Phil Jones 3
Brett Dallas
Danny Orr 2
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 2
Phil Jones 2

Scoring Pattern

08mins:31 Castleford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Phil Jones
- Castleford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
17mins:32 Castleford 00 Wigan 08 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
23mins:51 Castleford 02 Wigan 08 Penalty Goal: Danny Orr
27mins:58 Castleford 02 Wigan 10 Penalty Goal: Phil Jones
32mins:01 Castleford 02 Wigan 14 Try: Brett Dallas
- Castleford 02 Wigan 14 P.Jones Missed Conversion
Half Time Castleford Tigers 02 Wigan Warriors 14
41mins:13 Castleford 02 Wigan 18 Try: Phil Jones (2)
- Castleford 02 Wigan 18 P.Jones Missed Conversion
47mins:12 Castleford 06 Wigan 18 Try: Adrian Vowles
- Castleford 08 Wigan 18 Conversion: Danny Orr
64mins:24 Castleford 08 Wigan 22 Try: Phil Jones (Hatrick)
- Castleford 08 Wigan 24 Conversion: Phil Jones
Full Time Castleford Tigers 08 Wigan Warriors 24

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