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
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
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
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