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5th March 2000: Castleford 24 Wigan 30

Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League V Round 1
Sunday 5th March 2000. Kick Off 6:35pm at The Jungle.

Super League title favourites Wigan just about emerged unscathed from their venture into the Jungle after taming the Tigers in a game of wildly swinging fortunes.

Former Castleford favourite Tony Smith was the Wigan hero, dashing in for a couple of tries, while Australian Test winger Brett Dallas set the near-9,000 crowd alight with an 80-metre effort.

The Warriors just about deserved their win but they were given a searching early examination by their bogey side and were forced to endure a late scare, conceding four tries in the last 12 minutes.

The Tigers won all three fixtures with Wigan last season and they looked capable of continuing the trend when winger Darren Rogers gave them a 14th-minute lead.

The Yorkshiremen, lacking a trio of regulars, shook the visitors with some enterprising play from Aaron Raper and skipper Adrian Vowles and some forceful running from centres Michael Eagar and Logan Campbell.

They also kept their star-studded visitors in check with some rugged tackling, notably from second rower Dale Fritz, and fully deserved the opening try, which came courtesy of a long cut-out pass from scrum-half Brad Davis.

It took Wigan a quarter of the game to find their rhythm but when they did, they began to look every inch the championship favourites.

They went in front thanks to two tries in seven minutes towards the end of the first half.

Scrum-half Willie Peters grabbed the first, dummying his way past a flat-footed Lee Harland, and Smith then broke free of the shackles placed on him to brush aside the challenge of full-back Jamie Benn.

Skipper Andy Farrell kicked both conversions to put his side eight points clear at the break but the score was tough on Castleford, who had dominated the half for long periods.

Benn, who missed with his first two shots at goal, finally found the target with a penalty three minutes into the second half after Wigan were again pulled up for interference in the tackle but Castleford were once more undone by the old one-two from Smith.

The stand-off got substitute Simon Haughton charging onto the ball and supported him to crash over for his second try and shortly afterwards combined with Farrell to get full-back Kris Radlinski racing over.

Trailing 24-6, the Tigers were forced to throw caution to the wind and they paid the price when Dallas gathered up a dropped pass on his own 20-metre line and, after sending Farrell away, raced up in support to take a return pass and register his first Super League try.

Farrell took his goal tally to five from six attempts to make it 30-6 but the spirited Yorkshire men produced a late rally that brought four superb tries.

Rogers sailed over twice to complete his hat-trick, prop Dean Sampson romped over and Eagar was presented with a clear opening as Castleford tore the Wigan defence to shreds.

It was five tries apiece in the end and the Tigers were left to rue the poor goal kicking of Benn, who could manage just two successes from seven attempts, compared to Farrell's five from six.

Benn finally found the target with a penalty three minutes into the second half after Wigan were again pulled up for interference in the tackle.

There was then a rare miss from Farrell, who was wide with a penalty after Castleford were caught offside, but the Warriors extended their lead with two further tries in six minutes thanks in no small measure to ex-Castleford man Smith.

The stand-off got substitute Simon Haughton charging onto the ball and supported him to crash over for his second try and shortly afterwards combined with Farrell to get full-back Kris Radlinski racing over.

Farrell kicked both conversions to stretch his side's lead to 24-6 with a quarter of the game to go.

Team Sheets

- Castleford Position Wigan -
20 Jamie Benn Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
16 Jon Wells Winger Brett Dallas 2
3 Michael Eagar Centre Steve Renouf 3
4 Logan Campbell Centre Gary Connolly 4
5 Darren Rogers Winger Jason Robinson 5
22 Andrew Purcell Stand Off Tony Smith 6
7 Brad Davis Scrum Half Willie Peters 7
10 Dean Sampson Prop Terry O'Connor 8
9 Aaron Raper Hooker Terry Newton 9
15 Darren Shaw Prop Neil Cowie 10
11 Lee Harland 2nd Row Mick Cassidy 11
12 Dale Fritz 2nd Row Denis Betts 12
13 Adrian Volwes L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
-
8 Nathan Sykes Substitute Lee Gilmour 14
18 Paul Smith Substitute Simon Haughton 16
19 Andy Lynch Substitute Tony Mestrov 17
23 Craig Wright Substitute Phil Jones 20

Score Sheet

Castleford Tigers 24 --- Wigan Warriors 30
Tries:
Darren Rogers 3
Dean Sampson
Michael Eagar
--- Tries:
Willie Peters
Tony Smith 2
Kris Radlinski
Brett Dallas
Goals:
Jamie Benn 2
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 5

Scoring Pattern

13mins:09 Castleford 04 Wigan 00 Try: Darren Rogers
- Castleford 04 Wigan 00 J.Benn Missed Conversion
23mins:15 Castleford 04 Wigan 04 Try: Willie Peters
- Castleford 04 Wigan 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
29mins:49 Castleford 04 Wigan 10 Try: Tony Smith
- Castleford 04 Wigan 12 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Half Time Castleford Tigers 04 Wigan Warriors 12
43mins:24 Castleford 06 Wigan 12 Penalty Goal: Jamie Benn
49mins:33 Castleford 06 Wigan 16 Try: Tony Smith (2)
- Castleford 06 Wigan 18 Conversion: Andy Farrell
54mins:52 Castleford 06 Wigan 22 Try: Kris Radlinski
- Castleford 06 Wigan 24 Conversion: Andy Farrell
62mins:53 Castleford 06 Wigan 28 Try: Brett Dallas
- Castleford 06 Wigan 30 Conversion: Andy Farrell
67mins:59 Castleford 10 Wigan 30 Try: Darren Rogers (2)
- Castleford 10 Wigan 30 J.Benn Missed Conversion
71mins:09 Castleford 14 Wigan 30 Try: Dean Sampson
- Castleford 16 Wigan 30 Conversion: Jamie Benn
76mins:12 Castleford 20 Wigan 30 Try: Michael Eagar
- Castleford 20 Wigan 30 J.Benn Missed Conversion
76mins:12 Castleford 20 Wigan 30 Try: Michael Eagar
- Castleford 20 Wigan 30 J.Benn Missed Conversion
80mins:00 Castleford 24 Wigan 30 Try: Darren Rogers (Hatrick)
- Castleford 24 Wigan 30 J.Benn Missed Conversion
Full Time Castleford Tigers 24 Wigan Warriors 30

Other Information

Attendance: 6,225
Referee: Steve Presley

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