Horrible Night this at Castleford. Not really much I can add that
the score line doesn't already tell you. To a man the Wigan side
wilted away to a soft defeat.
Take nothing away from Castleford.
They were clinical with practically every opportunity they were
offered by Wigan, but we didn't half make it easy for them with
penalties helping towards their first three tries and the less said
about our defence the better.
With Joel Tomkins and Liam Farrell both giving away dissent
penalties during the game, I had to be critical of them as senior
players but this is a team problem.
Before this match I was reasonably happy with the season's
start. Yes we had dropped three points but we had gotten 16 and 14
point leads at both Widnes and Hull KR.
This performance though suggests I was kidding myself. The build
up was all about how wrongs would be put right but this defeat was
Castleford wanted it more. They ran harder and produced better
effort all night and I'm not wanting to single out individuals,
because like I said it's a team problem for me, but early in the
game I saw Tony Clubb have rings run around him at the marker
position. I didn't get chance to say it on commentary because Cas
scored soon after but that was an effort that summed up what we saw
There was one positive out of the game and that was the effort of
John Bateman and Josh Charnley to deny Cas a try late in the game.
A clean break had been made and they chased back to stop him just
short of the line. Wigan had been well demoralised by this point
but that was a good effort to stop that try. They swung it wide
left to score anyway but still worth a note.
I thought Larne Patrick had a good dig off the bench as well.
That was it though. The rest was like sun bathing in a snow storm.
Not a pleasant experience. The biggest problem is you can't see any
leadership out their on the field. Facts can't lie, its
just one win in seven games including our two main pre season
games. What would we give to have an Andy Farrell type out there at
the moment. It's going to be a big week towards playing Hull FC
next Friday. That'll be an interesting night.