Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors
Super League VIII Round 1 Sunday 21st February 2003. Kick Off 3.30pm at Wheldon
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
and a sending off in a dramatic last five minutes left Wigan licking their
wounds at the jungle.
The Warriors were one-point ahead with just five
minutes remaining thanks to a Julian O'Neill penalty goal in the 70th minute.
But two last gasp tries tries from Darren Rogers and Waine Pryce - plus Paul
Johnson's 78th minute dismissal - saw Castleford take victory.
coach Stuart Raper was furious at his team for the defeat. He said: '"We lost
control of all the things we have worked on in the off season. Our ruck control
was poor and our discipline was disappointing.' 'We had opportunities but we
didn't finish off. We made four or five clear breaks we should have scored from
but we didn't.'
Darren Rogers, possibly the most underrated three-quarter
in Super League, had given the Tigers an early lead with his try after just four
minutes, which Wayne Bartrim converted.
But penalties from Andy Farrell
and Julian O'Neill cut the gap to two points by half-time.
Two more goals
from O'Neill saw the Warriors take an 6-8 lead by the 55th minute of the tight
The lead changed again when Bartrim goaled and Danny Orr slotted
over a drop goal.
But O'Neill's accurate kicking seemed to clinch the
game when he put the Warriors ahead again with ten minutes to
Castelford though were not to be denied. Rogers went over for his
second try and a last minute score from Waine Pryce sealed victory for the
Tigers and left Wigan searching for their first points of Super League
A proud Graham Steadman was most pleased that his side had
prevented the Challenge Cup holders from scoring a try. He said: 'It was a
tremendous performance. I honestly believe we can compete with the best of
'It was very pleasing to prevent Wigan scoring a try because they
have a lot of quality in their ranks.'
Tries: Darren Rogers 2 (4,
75) Waine Pryce (79)
Goals: Wayne Bartrim
Goals: Andy Farrell Julian O'Neill 4
Goal: Danny Orr
Half Time: 6-4 Castleford Match Attendance:
8,462 Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens) Cherry and White.co.uk Man of the
Match: Kris Radlinski
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