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14th April 1996: Castleford 10 Wigan 28

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Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors - Stones Super League I Round 4.
Sunday 14th April 1996. Kick Off 3:30pm at Wheldon Road.

Match Report from www.theboltonnews.co.uk

Super League beware - reports of Wigan's imminent demise are premature!

The champions are back and breathing down the necks of leaders St Helens.

The heavy defeat by their arch-rivals has stung the Riversiders into action and they are getting better week by week.

The improvement was underlined with an excellent performance last night against potentially tricky opponents.

The Tigers threw everything they had at Wigan and inspired by talented skipper Tony Smith led 10-6 at the break, but the visitors always looked to have the upper hand and the pressure told in the end allowing them to romp home comfortable winners.

It left coach Graeme West satisfied with the performance saying: "It was a tough game but we looked to be getting on top just before half-time.

"We controlled the ball better and our defence was strong. We showed patience and I consider it a good win."

Henry Paul, who as usual got his name on the score sheet added: "Castleford were really fired up and put us under pressure but they couldn't finish us off. We got the two points which matters to keep the pressure on our rivals."

Once again Andy Farrell was the pick of the Wigan team, running and tackling strongly, but he was given good support from his colleagues.

The introduction of Craig Murdock at scrum-half with Shaun Edwards moving to stand-off didn't really work and Wigan looked more dangerous when they reverted back to their usual formation after the break.

Wigan missed a couple of early scoring chances and it looked costly when Smith chipped ahead and regathered to score after 25 minutes. Richard Goddard converted and added two penalties.

They hit back on the half hour, however, when Farrell charged down a kick and the ball bounced kindly for him to race away and score in the corner before adding the goal.

After the break Wigan quickly asserted themselves and despite Mick Cassidy having the ball knocked out of his hands as he went over at the corner, took the lead when Farrell added a couple of penalties before Gary Connolly sent in Jason Robinson for a try. Five minutes later the unstoppable Farrell scythed through the defence to put Rob Smyth over in the other corner.

The two crucial tries came as Tigers prop Nathan Sykes was in the sin-bin but the Yorkshiremen were back at full strength when Paul jinked his way over with 10 minutes to go and Farrell goaled, while in the dying minutes Farrell was again the architecht, this time for Connolly to touch down.

Wigan: Paul, Robinson, Tuigamala, Connolly, Radlinski, Edwards, Murdock, Cowie, Hall, O'Connor, Quinnell, Cassidy, Farrell. Subs: Johnson (for Paul 72), Smyth (for Murdock HT), Haughton (for Quinnell 26), Skerrett (for O'Connor 26), O'Connor (for Skerrett 67), Quinnell (for Haughton 75).

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Attendance: 7,709

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