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23rd February 2003: Castleford 19 Wigan 10
Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors Tetley's Super League VIII Round 1
Sunday 21st February 2003. Kick Off 3.30pm at Wheldon Road.

CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith

Jungle Defeat

Two tries 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.

Warriors 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 game.

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 go.

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 VIII.

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 them.

'It was very pleasing to prevent Wigan scoring a try because they have a lot of quality in their ranks.'

Team Sheets

Tigers

Warriors

No.
Player
Pos No.
Player
22 Mark Lennon Full Back 1 Kris Radlinski
2 Waine Pryce Wing 5 Brian Carney
1 Damian Gibson Centre 4 Paul Johnson
3 Michael Eagar Centre 14 David Hodgson
5 Darren Rogers Wing 3 Jamie Ainscough
6 Danny Orr Stand Off 6 Julian O'Neill
7 Mitch Healey Scrum Half 7 Adrian Lam
8 Nathan Sykes Prop 10 Craig Smith
9 Wayne Bartrim Hooker 9 Terry Newton
10 Andy Lynch Prop 16 Danny Sculthorpe
12 Dale Fritz 2nd Row 13 Andy Farrell
23 Michael Smith 2nd Row 11 Mick Cassidy
11 Lee Harland L.Forward 15 Sean O'Loughlin
17 Paul Jackson Sub 12 Danny Tickle
18 Jamie Thackray Sub 17 Mark Smith
19 Wayne Godwin Sub 18 Martin Aspinwall
20 Tom Saxton Sub 19 Stephen Wild
Score Sheet
Castleford Tigers 19-10 Wigan Warriors

Tries:
Darren Rogers 2 (4, 75)
Waine Pryce (79)

Goals:
Wayne Bartrim 3

Goals:
Andy Farrell
Julian O'Neill 4
Drop Goal:
Danny Orr (67)
Match Info

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

Bad Boys

Wigan:

Sent Off Paul Johnson - High Tackle (78th minute)
Alternative Match Reports
Brilliant Tigers tame the Warriors! - Cas Ayberspace.com Report
Tigers stun Warriors - BBC Match Report
Late tries seal it for Tigers - Sky Sports Match Report
Late tries give Castleford victory - Press Association Match Report
Cas edge out Wigan - superleague.co.uk Match Report
Wigan 'lose control' at Castleford - Independent Newspaper Report
Warriors are too quick to surrender - The Times Match Report
Wigan suffer nightmare start - Guardian Match Report
Farrell injured as Tigers eat Pies - rleague.com Match Report
Wigan struggle at Castleford - wiganrl.com Report
Sensational Start to SLVIII - castigers.net Report
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