Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers
League VIII Round 16 Friday 27th June 2003. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Winning run continues.
Wigan re-claimed third spot in Super League as they sent the Tigers crashing
to their fourth defeat on the trot.
But it took late tries from David
Hodgson and Paul Johnson to finally kill off Castleford in this bone-cruncher of
Skipper Andy Farrell again played a vital role landing six goals
- leaving him just two points short of 3,000 career points - while Danny Orr
could only manage one.
The Warriors led twice in the first half but went
in at the break trailing by 10-8.
Two Farrell penalty goals provided the
early advantage before the Tigers grabbed the first try.
Hudson made it with a brilliant pass to send in Danny Orr, who made up for an
earlier penalty miss by landing the conversion.
Wigan were back in front
when Adrian Lam's cross-field kick was spilled by Andrew McNally, and Martin
Aspinwall accepted the gift try.
Castleford, already missing Michael
Eager and Wayne Bartrim, suffered a double blow when forwards Hudson and Michael
Smith picked up early injuries.
But the Warriors failed to cash in on two
more chances with Aspinwall knocking on near to the line, and Sean O'Loughlin
firing a pass into touch.
They also paid the price for some sloppy
handling, and Castleford's pressure paid off when Orr's kick to the corner was
plucked out of the air by Aussie Paul Mellor who touched down to give the Tigers
a two-point lead at half time.
Two more penalty goals from Farrell put
Wigan back in charge and he converted both late tries - the pick of them a
55-yard run from Hodgson.
The Yorkshire winger picked up the ball from
dummy half and beat five would be tacklers on his way to the line.
Despite the Tigers, valiant attempts Paul Johnson sealed the win late on with
a try in the 76th minute, with his skipper adding the
Tries: Martin Aspinwall
(21) David Hodgson (66) Paul Johnson (76)
Tries: Danny Orr (16) Paul Mellor
Goals: Andy Farrell
Goals: Danny Orr
Half Time: 10-8 Castleford Match
Attendance: 9,884 Referee: Ronnie Laughton (Barnsley) Cherry and
White.co.uk Star Man: Andy Farrell
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