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23rd July 2004: Wigan 48 Castleford 18

Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers - Tetley's Super League IX Round 20
Friday 23rd July 2004. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

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 Warriors.

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 margin.

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, Denis added,

"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."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Castleford -
33 Gary Connolly Full Back Damien Gibson 1
5 Brian Carney Winger Waine Pryce 2
19 Stephen Wild Centre Tom Saxton 20
3 Martin Aspinwall Centre Darren Rogers 5
2 Brett Dallas Winger Matt Gardner 36
15 Sean O'Loughlin Stand Off Brad Davis 33
14 Luke Robinson Scrum Half Motu Tony 32
13 Andy Farrell Prop Nathan Sykes 15
9 Terry Newton Hooker Jon Hepworth 16
11 Mick Cassidy Prop Andy Lynch 10
20 Gareth Hock 2nd Row Michael Smith 23
12 Danny Tickle 2nd Row Lee Harland 11
1 Kris Radlinski L.Forward Ryan Hudson 13
4 David Hodgson Substitute Ryan Clayton 14
17 Mark Smith Substitute Byron Smith 22
24 Bob Beswick Substitute Michael Shenton 30
31 Paul Prescott Substitute Mark Tookey 35

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 48 --- Castleford Tigers 18
Brett Dallas 4
Luke Robinson
Martin Aspinwall
Terry Newton 2
--- Tries:
Waine Pryce
Andy Lynch
Matt Gardner
Darren Rogers
Andy Farrell 7
Danny Tickle 1
--- Goals:
Jon Hepworth 1

Other Information

Referee: Ian Smith
Attendance: 10032
Man of the Match: Terry Newton

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