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24th April 2000: Wigan 38 Castleford 16

Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers - Tetley's Super League V Round 7
Easter Monday 24th April 2000. Kick Off 3:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Great Britain captain Andy Farrell became the first player to reach 1,000 Super League points to steer Wigan to the double over their one-time bogey side.

The free-scoring loose forward scored the game's first try after only seven minutes and went on to kick five goals from eight attempts as Wigan bounced back from their Good Friday derby defeat at St Helens to draw level with leaders Bradford.

But classy Castleford, who won all three matches against Wigan last year, were no pushovers and were well in contention at 12-10 early in the second half.

Two tries in three minutes from Terry Newton and Willie Peters then made it 24-10 and a sparkling long-range try from debutant winger David Hodgson finally ended the brave challenge of the Yorkshire men.

Hodgson, 18, who got his chance when speedy Australian Test winger Brett Dallas was forced off through injury early in the second half, demonstrated exceptional pace to support a break out of defence by full-back Wes Davies.

Dallas had earlier scorched over for his eighth try of the season after smart work at stand-off by Jason Robinson.

And, in a game of high quality defence and top-class entertainment, Castleford also laid claims to the try of the season, a scintillating 50-metre effort from full-back Jason Flowers made by a superb back-flip pass from substitute Andrew Purcell.

Castleford penetrated the Warriors defence just once in the first half, when stand-off Danny Orr chipped over their defence and half-back partner Brad Davis twice hacked on to claim the touchdown, which Orr goaled.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Davis went off with a rib injury midway through the first half and the visitors badly missed his prompting and tactical kicking.

Castleford also let their usual impressive disciplinary record slip, with prop Dean Sampson twice warned by referee Stuart Cummings for high tackles before being placed on report for another suspect challenge on Dallas.

Sampson made the most of his let-off by charging through for Castleford's second try five minutes into the second half to give his side renewed hope at 12-10.

But Wigan, who had second rower Mick Cassidy placed on report for a late tackle on Orr, finished the stronger side and thoroughly deserved a precious victory.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Castleford -
18 Wes Davies Full Back Jason Flowers 1
2 Brett Dallas Winger Jon Wells 16
1 Kris Radlinski Centre Michael Eagar 3
14 Lee Gilmour Centre Logan Campbell 4
5 Jason Robinson Winger Darren Rogers 5
6 Tony Smith Stand Off Danny Orr 6
7 Willie Peters Scrum Half Brad Davis 7
23 Brady Malam Prop Dean Sampson 10
9 Terry Newton Hooker Aaron Raper 9
10 Neil Cowie Prop Darren Shaw 15
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row Lee Harland 11
12 Denis Betts 2nd Row Dale Fritz 19
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward Adrian Volwes 13
8 Terry O'Connor Substitute Nathan Sykes 8
16 Simon Haughton Substitute Ian Tonks 17
24 Mark Reber Substitute Andrew Purcell 22
26 David Hodgson Substitute Danny Arnold 25

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 30 --- Castleford Tigers 16
Andy Farrell
Brett Dallas
Terry Newton
Willie Peters
Dave Hodgson
--- Tries:
Brad Davis
Dean Sampson
Jason Flowers
Andy Farrell 5
--- Goals:
Danny Orr 2

Other Information

Attendance: 10,098
Referee: Stuart Cummings

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