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Match Report; Castleford 22 Wigan 28
Posted by cherryandwhite on March 03 2013 - 23:09

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Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors - Super League 18 Round 5.
Sunday 3rd March 2013
Kick Off 3:30pm at Wish you'd stop changing the name of your stadium Stadium.

Match Report

I've no doubt all the pundits will be focusing on Wigan getting away with this one, after losing a 22-4 lead during that second half, but it showed great character from our boys to still win that considering.

Over the whole 80 minutes I think that end result was actually a fair reflection. It was a weird comeback because it didn't feel like we collapsed at all. We always looked like we could get the one score that would kill the game but it's clear to me that we are losing out for lack of experience rather than ability.

I actually thought Castleford were excellent for the majority of the contest and rather than focusing on our apparent collapse, we should look at a major positive that we managed to build up a 22-4 lead today.

The simple nutshell was they killed us down our right side defence. Jake Webster and Justin Carney gave Jack Hughes and Josh Charnley a torrid time. Hughes in particular got a big lesson and that boils down to his inexperience as a centre. Iain Thornley on the opposite side has been guilty also during the campaign so far and its something we have to accept this early in the season. Let's credit those two for Cas though. Big blokes and I felt they were exceptional.

I think we also lost out again when Sam Powell came on at hooker. I mentioned it in my Huddersfield report and it was same here. He came on after 51 minutes and that's where the Cas comeback started. The harsh thing for Powell is that I don't think it's necessarily him doing wrong but when I've seen McIlorum spelled this season, I've really begun to appreciate how well he controls the ruck in defence.

Overall I'm really enjoying what Wigan are doing this year. Despite absences I think we are doing fine up front in the pack and we are getting a lot of buzz from Blake Green and Matty Smith. The timing and reading of each others games is not there yet but again with new centre options, a new half back combo and an inexperienced pack we had to accept that it's going to take time.

Considering all that I think we should be very happy with 7 points out of 10. Forget the circumstances of that comeback and focus on what a good win it was, and I say that because I credit Castleford for their performance. They were not as poor as 16-0 to us said at one point.

That 16-0 lead was built up with hard defence and clinical attacking play, especially considering we had just one penalty during the whole of the first half. First score was after 10 minutes with Ben Flower powering over from a Blake Green pass, a try similar to the one he claimed on TV against Warrington. Pat had an easy conversion for 6-0.

Castleford had their own opportunities early on but our defence was strong quite often during the first half. You could see the signs of what was to come down our right side though. They made a couple of clean breaks down that wing, but during this period we were scrambling back well.

Whilst also being clinical in attack. Second try came on 25 minutes and it was simple hands between Smith, Green and Thornley that sent Pat over for the 149th time in his Wigan career. The stage is now set for a big night for Pat on Friday. It'll be his 200th Wigan appearance in which his 150th Wigan try is up for grabs and I think two tries will see him become our all time top try scorer in Super League matches, overtaking legend Kris Radlinski. It might be a bit daft with the French being in town but we should make Friday Night Irish Night in his honour! He also converted for 12-0.

Five minutes later and it was 16-0. Credit Charnley for this one. He leaped in the air to take Green's kick and had quickness of mind to offload and send Tuson over. Pat missed the conversion though.

Then just before half time came a response from Cas and it was down their left and our right that I've mentioned many times already. Carney made the half break but it was Webster who powered over in the left corner and it was no more than they had deserved. Nil would have been a bit of an injustice to them, but nethertheless it was disappointing to lose the nil before the break. Jamie Ellis' extras went wide however so it was 16-4.

We were all saying at half time, "get the first try, kill the game!" Well we got the first try at least. This was a soft try to be fair with McIlorum just scooting out of dummy half from close range. Pat converted for 22-4.

For the rest of the game it was always one more Wigan try would kill it. But it didn't come until Cas had fought back. One thing that does stick in my mind was a chance of an easy two pointer, which I think we should of took. Easy in hindsight I know but considering the inexperience in some areas of our team, I think we shouldn't waste them. When you have a second half lead by a multiple of six it makes sense to add an extra two. To be fair, if we had we scored a try we probably would have pushed on to win very easily but you could argue we'd have done that with the extra two points also. We'll never know but had we lost today, it would have been a big talking point amongst fans.

I've already mentioned Powell came on for McIlorum and Cas fought back with tries from Ellis and Carney (2). It was all down that one side of the field and with Ellis converting all three efforts, it was 22 all with 8 minutes to go.

It was all looking against Wigan. That third try had come off the back of a 40/20 kick and everything was going right for the home side. But god was on our side today perhaps after a drop goal attempt from Rangi Chase rebounded in our favour off the post rather than the other way round we got off Lee Briers against Warrington. The kick actually rebounded into Castleford hands but it turned out that player was offside.

What Wigan did next won the game. Bang! That penalty was taken so quickly (am told it was Pat) that the Cas players never really got their heads round the fact the ball was now 40 metres from their own line. You blinked and it was in touch. Their wasn't a thought of "we'll slow this down" having lost a 22-4 lead, we were still switched on with a "we can still win this" mentality. Great to see!

Particularly when it resulted in the winning try. We did get a back to one when a Smith drop goal attempt was charged down but captain Sean O'Loughlin's spin, turn and shuffle pass was perfect for Tuson's run under the posts. Easy kick for 28-22. Again I'll stress that whilst people will remember the try being scored, the fact we punted that penalty down field so quickly was pivotal to it. It didn't give Cas a second to think and the pressure told!

Their was still a a minute or so to play out but Castleford's attack down the left mentality was now all too obvious and Wigan muscled up in that area. A penalty after the hooter gave them a last bomb and hope but Sam defended it and the match was over.

I just hope that we get more games like today in the regular season. It was a credit to both sides. Tough turnaround to play Catalan on Friday but I'm really looking forward to see how we get on. Dom Crosby took a head knock apparently during this game (I never saw it), and it doubtful for Friday. Not what we need in the pack but one's misfortune is another's opportunity!

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "I'm happy to get the two points but the manner we got them in I'm a bit disappointed with. I thought we played well in parts, but we just weren't consistent enough. I'm glad we showed some steel in finishing it off, but that was definitely a get-out-of-jail card and you've got to commend Castleford for coming back."

Castleford Coach Ian Millward: "Last year we weren't competitive and we weren't good enough, but these guys have busted their arses the last five games. The fans should be really proud of the players at the moment. It was a tough way to lose right at the death there, but I can't fault our players' commitment or attitude. There wasn't much in the game. I'm really happy with the progress we've made. The effort was very strong, but you like with effort to get the result too. At 22-all it's obviously a great finish; it would have been nice to finish it off and back up that effort. I thought the players were entitled to something."

Team Sheets

- Castleford Position Wigan 1
19 Jordan Tansey Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
2 Justin Carney Winger Josh Charnley 2
4 Jake Webster Centre Jack Hughes 4
3 Michael Shenton Centre Iain Thornley 17
5 Kirk Dixon Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Rangi Chase Stand Off Blake Green 6
7 Jamie Ellis Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
8 Jake Emmitt Prop Gil Dudson 20
9 Daryl Clark Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
25 Keith Mason Prop Dom Crosby 26
11 Lee Gilmour 2nd Row Chris Tuson 16
12 Weller Hauraki 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
13 Grant Millington L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
10 Craig Huby Substitute Ben Flower 15
16 Nathan Massey Substitute Scott Taylor 21
17 Oliver Holmes Substitute Sam Powell 24
18 Jordan Thompson Substitute Greg Burke 29
- Ian Millward Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Castleford Tigers 22 --- Wigan Warriors 28
Tries (4):
Jake Webster
Jamie Ellis
Justin Carney 2
--- Tries (5):
Ben Flower
Pat Richards
Chris Tuson 2
Mike McIlorum
Jamie Ellis 3/4
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 4/5

Scoring and Incident Pattern

10th Minute Castleford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Ben Flower
- Castleford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
25th Minute Castleford 00 Wigan 10 Try: Pat Richards
- Castleford 00 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
30th Minute Castleford 00 Wigan 16 Try: Chris Tuson
- Castleford 00 Wigan 16 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/3)
37th Minute Castleford 04 Wigan 16 Try: Jake Webster
- Castleford 04 Wigan 16 J.Ellis Missed Conversion (0/1)
Half Time Castleford Tigers 04 Wigan Warriors 16
44th Minute Castleford 04 Wigan 20 Try: Mike McIlorum
- Castleford 04 Wigan 22 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
55th Minute Castleford 08 Wigan 22 Try: Jamie Ellis
- Castleford 10 Wigan 22 Conversion: Jamie Ellis (1/2)
65th Minute Castleford 14 Wigan 22 Try: Justin Carney
- Castleford 16 Wigan 22 Conversion: Jamie Ellis (2/3)
72nd Minute Castleford 20 Wigan 22 Try: Justin Carney (2)
- Castleford 22 Wigan 22 Conversion: Jamie Ellis (3/4)
77th Minute Castleford 22 Wigan 26 Try: Chris Tuson (2)
- Castleford 22 Wigan 28 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
Full Time Castleford Tigers 22 Wigan Warriors 28

Video Highlights


Thierry Alibert

Key Stats

Clean Breaks: lll Castleford 5 lll Wigan 4
Offloads:   Castleford 12   Wigan 9
Penalties Conceded:   Castleford 6   Wigan 8
Errors:   Castleford 12   Wigan 9
Set Completion:   Castleford 81%   Wigan 78%

Match Attendance



Dry but cloudy.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 5

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 5 4 0 1 132 79 +53 8
2 Wigan Warriors 5 3 1 1 145 79 +66 7
3 Catalan Dragons 5 3 1 1 134 93 +41 7
4 Warrington Wolves 5 3 1 1 117 93 +24 7
5 Leeds Rhinos 4 3 0 1 110 46 +64 6
6 Bradford Bulls 5 3 0 2 143 100 +43 6
7 St Helens 5 2 1 2 90 96 -6 5
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 5 2 0 3 148 136 +12 4
9 Wakefield Wildcats 5 2 0 3 108 107 +1 4
10 Widnes Vikings 4 2 0 2 86 90 -4 4
11 Castleford Tigers 5 1 1 3 89 135 -46 3
12 Hull FC 5 1 1 3 82 130 -48 3
13 London Broncos 5 1 0 4 76 142 -66 2
14 Salford City Reds 5 1 0 4 62 196 -134 2

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs

Round 5 Results
Fri 1 Mar St Helens 12 Leeds Rhinos 20 12,228
Fri 1 Mar Salford City Reds 4 London Broncos 38 2,333
Sat 2 Mar Widnes Vikings 36 Hull FC 16 5,541
Sat 2 Mar Catalan Dragons 29 Wakefield Wildcats 22 7.191
Sun 3 Mar Huddersfield Giants 18 Bradford Bulls 43 7,616
Sun 3 Mar Hull Kingston Rovers 26 Warrington Wolves 12 7,446
Sun 3 Mar Castleford Tigers 22 Wigan Warriors 28 7,852

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