Wigan made it a year unbeaten at the JJB with a
convincing victory over bottom of the table Castleford Tigers on
Friday night in the Tetley's Super League. Despite missing a number
of key players through injury ,Wigan proved too strong and always had
that killer finish when needed against their opponents from the
Jungle. Brett Dallas crossing four times in what proved a relatively
easy eight try romp.
It was the visitors that took the lead on five minutes, a long pass
out by Ryan Hudson sent Winger Waine Pryce in for a try out wide.
The Warriors though hit straight back as Brett Dallas eluded a tackle
on half way and scooted 40 metres for his 19th try of the season,
Farrell added the easy conversion and Wigan led 6-4.
On the next attack Dallas was held inches short and from the play the
ball Newton fed Luke Robinson in for Wigan's second try, Farrell
added the extras and Wigan were 12-4 to the good. on 17 minutes the
Warriors were in again, Newton again the provider, a short pass sent
in Martin Aspinwall as Castleford were stretched out wide. Farrell
again was spot on from the touch line and from being 4-0 down Wigan
found themselves with a commanding 18-4 advantage with less than a
quarter of the match gone.
Andy Lynch grabbed a try for the Tigers on 23 minutes, Hepworth added
the goal, Wigan 18 Castleford 10.It was Castleford that came the
closest to further first half points with a flowing four man move on
35 minutes, but at half time it remained the same score line.
It took Wigan just 60 seconds after the interval to get back into
their stride as Terry Newton crossed for the Warriors fourth try of
the night, Farrell made it four from four, Wigan 24 Castleford 10.
Castleford hit back on 51 minutes with their third try of the night
through on loan Mat Gardner, the pass though a mile forward, missed
by the officials, to bring the visitors back within ten points of the
Brett Dallas' second touchdown of the night extended his total for
the season to 20 and with Farrell converting from out wide, Wigan
again had given themselves some breathing space. Two minutes later on
58 minutes, Wigan were in once more, an inside pass from Danny Tickle
was gathered by Terry Newton and he romped over for his second of the
night. Farrell again was spot on, Wigan 36 Castleford 14.
Darren Rogers stretched over out wide on 65 minutes for the Tigers to
reduce the deficit.
Brett Dallas crossed for his hat trick on 72 minutes as Newton sent
the Cas defence the wrong way to bring up the forty point mark,
Farrell hit seven from seven before being given the luxury of
watching the last five minutes from the bench.
The flying winger made it four on the night to finish things off late
on and Danny Tickle added the goal to seal a thirty point winning
Speaking afterwards Coach Denis Betts said,
"Castleford battled well and they are a better side than there league
table position dictates, they pursued us with great vigour. They
slowed the game down and brought the game to their pace. When we
found our feet the points started to flow for us."
On the team performance and Brett Dallas who crossed for four tries,
"We had some great performances, we must give credit to our senior
players, Kris Radlinski out of position was great and Terry Newton
for me was the most outstanding player for me on the field. Brett
Dallas knows his way to the try line, scoring four great tries. I was
going to bring him off after two tries, like most athletes he was
getting a bit tired, I just wanted to keep him safe, but he wanted to
stay on knowing there were tries in the game."
"We are playing well and we are now second in the table. We have
achieved a goal we set earlier in the season and now it's about
keeping hold of it."