1. Graham Steadman, 2. St.John Ellis, 3. Richie Blackmore, 4.
Grant Anderson, 5. Simon Middleton, 6. Tony Kemp, 7. Mike Ford,
8. Lee Crooks. 9. Richard Russell, 10. Martin Ketteridge, 11. Tony Morrison,
12. Ian Smales, 13. Tawera Nikau. Subs: Andy Hay, Dean Sampson.
Martin Ketteridge 2, Tawera Nikau, Grant Anderson, Lee Crooks
Lee Crooks 6 Drop Goals: Tony Kemp 1
Castleford had beaten Wigan 46-0 at Wheldon Road in
October and, although Wigan had a few test stars absent that day, they
showed that result was no fluke with this comprehensively walloping of Wigan
in the Regal Trophy Final. The rampage began in the 7th Minute with Martin
Ketteridge break seeing Grant Anderson held just short by Joe Lydon. Tawera
Nikau got the quick the ball and a one-two set of passing with Richie
Blackmore got him over. They would score again in the 13th Minute when Ian
Smales kick saw a whole host of Cas players racing for the loose ball. Grant
Anderson got it and Lee Crooks' conversions for both tries had Wigan shocked
at 12-0 down. Frano Botica responded with a penalty for Wigan but Crooks
then kicked one himself for 14-2 and before half time they would get a third
try. Good work from Nikau got Martin Ketteridge over and it was 20-2 at the
Wigan came out second half looking to fight back but
Castleford soaked up constant pressure for a full 10-15 minutes. They then
kicked a drop goal for 21-2 on the hour and although 19 minutes still
remained, Wigan's hopes began to quickly fade. Kelvin Skerrett was lucky to
stay on the field with a dirty shot on Andy Hay but that allowed Cas to put
the polish on their superb performance with a 76th Minute try from
Ketteridge making it 27-2. Lee Crooks then scored in stoppage time to
complete a 33-2 rout!
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