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Match Report: Castleford 4 Wigan 46
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 26 2012 - 20:18

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Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 4.
Sunday 26th February 2012. Kick Off 3:30pm at Probiz Coliseum (Wheldon Road).

Match Report

Well I was telling people pre match that Castleford is always a tough place to visit because they are not a team that "rolls over and dies" in their performances, but to be honest I can't remember an easier game at Cas than this one.

The game was obviously over-shadowed by the death of Tigers coach Ian Millward's son last week and a nice minute applause was held before the contest. I expected Castleford to put in a huge emotionally driven display following that, but instead we got a very flat effort.

Credit Wigan though. I thought they did a very professional job and were clinical in their try scoring for the second week in a row. Some fans saying we "switched off" in the last half hour but I don't actually take that view myself. I think Castleford succeeded with a damage limitation exercise at the back end of the game. Maybe we lost a bit of edge with ball retention but Warrington perhaps proved last season, that putting the effort in to totally annihilate teams is not totally necessary?

Coach Shaun Wane was forced into a change from the 17 that beat Bradford last weekend. Ben Flower damaged his rib cartilage in training, so Eric Lauaki came into the starting line up with Tom Spencer being recalled from his dual-registration at Leigh to play off the subs bench.

Wane was also sweating over Fuzzy Goulding in the warm up. He pulled up with a hamstring or thigh injury but, despite being heavily strapped, he passed a late fitness test to play on. Although with the Under 20s having played (and lost) before this game, we were perhaps short of a replacement?

Anyway, Wigan really never looked in danger of losing this game. It was a walk in the park right from the off. Castleford survived our first set on their line, but not the second. Sean O'Loughlin broke through from 25 metres out and Pat's conversion made it 6-0. We should have been in again a couple of minutes later but Sam Tomkins pass had Pat Richards reaching high. Despite being a giraffe in the air, not even he could catch that one.

Sam quickly amended that error with a solo try on 8 minutes. His footwork totally  mugged Ryan McGoldrick from about 25 metres and Pat again converted for 12-0.

Cas though were gifted a chance to hit back by a poor error by Gareth Hock way inside his own half. He then compounded that error by conceding two penalties. The first was for back chat and the second for a high shot on Rangi Chase. I think I've watched Hock long enough now to accept that he's always going to be a spanner short of a picnic. From Hock's brain farts, Josh Griffin scored in the right corner with many Wigan fans screaming that it was forward. Referee Thierry Alibert gave it though, but Kirk Dixon failed with the extras. 12-4 to Wigan.

Wigan straight away it back to that effort with an excellent try. Brett Finch hit a long cut out pass to the left centre Jack Hughes and he drew in the last defender before slipping a nice offload to send Pat over. Good touchline conversion made it 18-4 after 17 minutes. Soon after that, Hughes sent Pat over again but this time Alibert pinged it back for a forward pass.

It was another 22 minutes before our next try came and it was a timely effort just before half time. Sam again scored a brilliant solo effort with his footwook too hot for the opposition to handle. Pat again converted for a 24-4 half time lead that was the least Wigan deserved.

You know what it wouldn't surprised me if Waney said to them at half time, "remember last year lads?" 22-4 up half time, pretty similar dominance to this display today but they came back to draw 22 all on that occasion. Not today though. Bang, bang, bang Wigan had these points wrapped up within 11 minutes of the restart with three quick tries.

First on 44 minutes a good bomb from Finch saw Sam leap like a gazelle to claim his hat-trick. Would never have expected him to take a high ball like that but a hat-trick means he can boast a massive 78 tries in his Wigan career after his 100th appearance. Pat off the sideline made it 30-4.

Then Sam was the creator. Chiming at the line he had been greedy bastard self to be honest in not passing out wide but you don't mind that because he reversed out the cul-de-sac he'd put himself in, went left, stood up the defence then seemingly had a bit of an irish riverdance jig, which was apt because he sent Pat over in the corner Needed some scoring by Paddy but the determination was their for all of us stood in that corner to see. Sam's efforts creating that took the piss out Cas to be truthful and the Wigan fans were enjoying his display in comparison to a lack-lustre man of steel in Amber and Black. Richards meanwhile, oof did he have his weetabix this morning or what. Another brilliant touchline conversion made it 36-4.

Next it was Leuluai who was the creator with his break of the line helping send Charnley racing into the right corner. His pace burnt off the last defenders, poetry in motion that kid. Pat swung his boot towards another touchline conversion but this time it shaded in front of the posts. 40-4 Wigan.

I did think Wigan would push on towards 60 odd points to be honest in the last half hour, but like I said Cas to me shut up shop and decided to limit the damage. I mean at one point they were inside our half and just grubbered into touch to make us scrum down from deep. That tells you the mentality they had. I think all afternoon they didn't actually buckle too much up the middle, that's why I don't think so much that Wigan switched off. It was out wide that we absolutely killed them.

Anyway whichever way you think, the result was never in doubt and I think more impressive was out determination to hold them to four points in the last half hour. They had a good couple of chances but our defence was too good!

Then in the last minute we wrapped up the result with Charnley getting his second off the back of more good work from Sam. Pat nailed another sideline kick to make it 46-4 in the end. Brilliant afternoon with the boot for Pat, despite that one miss.

So a good afternoons work, which sets us up nicely for the visit of the only side left with a 100% Record, Catalan Dragons, to the DW next Sunday. Should be a cracker, bring it on!

Oh ps....bit of a concern to see Tommy limp off late in the game. Didn't look too clever to me, perhaps a knee injury? Hope its not to serious! Darrell Goulding also came off on the hour but I think that was pre-caution after the late fitness test I mentioned earlier. Gareth Hock filled in at centre in the last quarter of the game.

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "If someone had given me that score before the game I'd have taken it. For 60 minutes we were outstanding. The last 20 minutes we lost a bit of intensity, but overall I am really impressed. We scored some great tries again and I thought our defence was pretty good. Our ball control in the last quarter of the game was slightly disappointing and we need to improve that if are to be a ruthless team."

Shaun Wane on Sam Tomkins 100th Appearance: "We made a big thing of Sam's 100th appearance. We had a presentation and gave him a special jersey for him to keep. It was a great day for him and I made a big thing of that. He's local kid and I made sure all the players were aware we needed to make it a perfect day for him with a convincing win and we did that. A lot of it is natural with Sam and he wants to win at everything, even when we play a game of Aussie touch in training. He's a great kid to have with us."

Castleford Caretaker coach Stuart Donlan: "It has been a difficult week but we can't use that as an excuse for not carrying out things we had practised during the week. I thought from Thursday onwards when the players came in ready to train they looked pretty switched on and focused. I was disappointed with the performance and the players are a little bit frustrated. Things we spoke about during the week we haven't carried out. Wigan put us under a lot of pressure and every time we got the ball back it was within out 10 metres line. We had to go 100 metres nearly every set. We created some options on the edges but the final pass and execution wasn't great so that is something we can work on this week."

Team Sheets

- Castleford Position Wigan 1
1 Richard Owen Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
2 Nick Youngquest Winger Josh Charnley 2
4 Kirk Dixon Centre Darrell Goulding 3
23 Ryan McGoldrick Centre Jack Hughes 26
5 Josh Griffin Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Rangi Chase Stand Off Brett Finch 6
7 Danny Orr Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 Jake Emmitt Prop Epalahame Lauaki 21
15 Adam Milner Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
24 Steve Nash Prop Lee Mossop 10
21 Oliver Holmes 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
17 Lee Mitchell 2nd Row Gareth Hock 12
14 Stuart Jones L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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9 Daryl Clark Substitute Jeff Lima 14
13 Steve Snitch Substitute Liam Farrell 16
22 Nathan Massey Substitute Chris Tuson 17
28 James Grehan Substitute Tom Spencer 32
- (Stuart Donlan) Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Castleford Tigers 4 --- Wigan Warriors 46
Tries (1):
Josh Griffin
--- Tries (8):
Sean O'Loughlin
Sam Tomkins 3
Pat Richards 2
Josh Charnley 2
Goals:
Kirk Dixon 0/1
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 7/8

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Castleford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Castleford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
10th Minute Castleford 00 Wigan 10 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Castleford 00 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
13th Minute Castleford 04 Wigan 12 Try: Josh Griffin
- Castleford 04 Wigan 12 K.Dixon Missed Conversion (0/1)
17th Minute Castleford 04 Wigan 16 Try: Pat Richards
- Castleford 04 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
38th Minute Castleford 04 Wigan 22 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- Castleford 04 Wigan 24 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
Half Time Castleford Tigers 04 Wigan Warriors 24
44th Minute Castleford 04 Wigan 28 Try: Sam Tomkins (Hat-Trick)
- Castleford 04 Wigan 30 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
47th Minute Castleford 04 Wigan 34 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Castleford 04 Wigan 36 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)
51st Minute Castleford 04 Wigan 40 Try: Josh Charnley
- Castleford 04 Wigan 40 P.Richards Missed Conversion (6/7)
78th Minute Castleford 04 Wigan 44 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Castleford 04 Wigan 46 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/8)
Full Time Castleford Tigers 04 Wigan Warriors 46

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Sam Tomkins
2nd: Thomas Leuluai 3rd: Brett Finch 4th: Lee Mossop 5th: Pat Richards

Referee

Thierry Alibert

Penalties Conceded

Castleford 5 Wigan 8

Match Attendance

8,156

Weather

Dry.

League Table at Conclusion of Stobart Super League 17 - Round 4

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Warrington Wolves 4 3 1 0 144 62 +82 7
2 Wigan Warriors 4 3 0 1 136 46 +90 6
3 Huddersfield Giants 4 3 0 1 138 70 +68 6
4 Catalan Dragons 3 3 0 0 96 64 +32 6
5 St Helens 4 2 1 1 140 104 +36 5
6 Leeds Rhinos 3 2 0 1 84 52 +32 4
7 Salford City Reds 4 2 0 2 82 102 -20 4
8 Bradford Bulls 4 2 0 2 84 118 -34 4
9 Hull FC 3 1 1 1 64 58 +6 3
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 4 1 1 2 84 122 -38 3
11 Wakefield Wildcats 3 1 0 2 60 72 -12 2
12 Castleford Tigers 4 1 0 3 60 104 -44 2
13 London Broncos 4 0 0 4 64 136 -72 0
14 Widnes Vikings 4 0 0 4 54 180 -126 0

Round 4 Results
Fri 24 Feb Salford City Reds 24 Hull FC 22 5,186
Fri 24 Feb St Helens 32 Catalan Dragons 34 13,108
Sat 25 Feb Wakefield Wildcats 18 Bradford Bulls 36 6,934
Sun 26 Feb London Broncos 16 Huddersfield Giants 30 1,970
Sun 26 Feb Widnes Vikings 16 Leeds Rhinos 44 6,046
Sun 26 Feb Warrington Wolves 42 Hull Kingston Rovers 6 11,916
Sun 26 Feb Castleford Tigers 4 Wigan Warriors 46 8,156

Comments
Carl on February 28 2012 - 19:59
It's good to see Wigan scoring points after half time to 'finish teams off' - it was the same last week at Bradford. I too remembered last seasonat half time and how Cas came back to draw. However the circums tances were very different then. It's the 2nd week in a row I have witnessed aggression and verbal abuse coming from a few so-called Wigan fans. Such people are an embarrassment to the club and town. People should recognise when you wear the colours you are representing Wigan, especially away from home.
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