The last time Wigan had visited Wheldon Road had been on
a snow covered pitch for a cup tie in February. This time in September the
temperature was over 25°C and this left a game of very little defence.
Castleford had started rampant, building a 12-0 lead in as many minutes.
Wigan recovered to lead 18-12 at half time, helped by a sin bin period from
Graham Southernwood. He then remarkably got sent off just four minutes after
returning from the bin for a late tackle on Andy Gregory. Playing against 12
men you'd have expected Wigan to kick on but it was Castleford who lifted
from the adversity in remarkable fashion. Five tries were scored from St
John Ellis, Graham Steadman, Tony Smith (2) and David Nelson reduced Wigan
"to bewilderment". From 18-12 up, Wigan found themselves 38-20 down and
although Denis Betts scored a consolation, it had been an unbelievable
opening day result.
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