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Match Report: Wigan 28 Castleford 0
Posted by Bilko on May 09 2015 - 19:26

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Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers - First Utility Super League 20 - Round 14
Friday 8th May 2015. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Wigan ground out an excellent victory over Castleford at the DW in awful conditions. Heavy Rain all night meant it was never going to be a great watch quality wise but that shouldn't take away from a great effort.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said afterwards that 28-0 "didn't reflect the game" and he is right. I thought Castleford handled the conditions better first half but did little with the territory.

The key to the victory though was discipline. The penalty count was 9-6 in Wigan's favour but perhaps a new statistical category should be created? Those being penalties in kickable range because Castleford gave us four, to which we kicked three, and Wigan gave them absolutely nothing in kickable range until the score line was far beyond them "taking the two".

Had we not held our nerve and allowed them the chance of slotting penalties then this would have been a far tougher task. Wigan deserve great credit for that. I thought our back three of Ryan Hampshire, Joe Burgess and Dom Manfredi played well defensively also. Rocky had one moment of slipping in touch but despite a lot of probing from Liam Finn, they handled well in the poor weather.

Wigan didn't have much territory early on but when they did, Matty Smith kicked penalty goals on 14 and 24 minutes for a 4-0 lead.

I was saying on Wish FM commentary that Shaun Wane would have been delighted with that 4-0 lead because Castleford certainly had the better territory. It wasn't that Wigan had played poorly though. They defended their line superbly when it was required.

Wigan got a bonus of a try five minutes before the break. From a scrum sixty metres out, Smith welled it down feed and Joe Burgess did superbly to collect, keep hold, get back up and score. Amazingly pace from Budgie. Apparently he called that move and it's worth trying it again because he has the race won on most players. Quite an effort to finish in the conditions also but Smith converted for a 10-0 lead at the break.

That was a huge lead in these conditions and Wigan chipped their lead further ahead with another penalty on 53 minutes but Smith missed an opportunity to take us into a three score lead three minutes later.

Castleford kept trying but Wigan had the control and the nail the coffin came on 62 minutes when Smith kicked a 40/20. From that, Mike McIlorum scored under the posts with Smith converting for 18-0.

That score allowed Wigan to be a bit more expansive and two more tries followed in the last ten minutes. First a good fired out pass to the left saw Burgess feed Dan Sarginson for the finish and with five minutes to go, Manfredi spun out of tackles to beat four defenders before scoring. That extended his run of scoring in each of his last seven appearances for the club.

So the final score was 28-0 and it's been pleasing recently to see Wigan winning games in good fashion in both wet weather and on dry pitches. We just need to play better away from home but I'm sure that will come.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Castleford 1
20 Ryan Hampshire Full Back Jordan Tansey 22
22 Dom Manfredi

Right Wing

Ashley Gibson 26
11 Joel Tomkins Centre Michael Channing 23
4 Dan Sarginson Centre Michael Shenton 4
5 Joe Burgess Left Wing James Clare 2
6 George Williams Stand Off Liam Finn 21
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Luke Gale 7
8 Dom Crosby Prop Ryan Bailey 33
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Adam Milner 9

Lee Mossop


Ryan Boyle

30 Rhodri Lloyd 2nd Row Frankie Mariano 18
14 John Bateman 2nd Row Junior Moors 16
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Lee Jewitt 14
16 Sam Powell Substitute Jake Webster 3
24 Taulima Tautai Substitute Ben Roberts 6
25 Larne Patrick Substitute Grant Millington 10

Ryan Sutton

Substitute Scott Wheeldon 19
- Shaun Wane Coach Daryl Powell -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 28


Castleford Tigers 0

Tries (4):
Joe Burgess
Mike McIlorum
Dan Sarginson
Dom Manfredi


Tries (0):

Matty Smith 6/8
--- ---

Scoring and Incident Pattern

14th Minute Wigan 02 Castleford 00 Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (1/1)
24th Minute Wigan 04 Castleford 00 Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (2/2)
35th Minute Wigan 08 Castleford 00 Try: Joe Burgess
Wigan 10 Castleford 00

Conversion: Matty Smith (3/3)

Half Time Wigan Warriors 10 Castleford Tigers 00
53rd Minute Wigan 12 Castleford 00 Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (4/4)
56th Minute Wigan 12 Castleford 00 Missed Penalty: Matty Smith (4/5)
63rd Minute Wigan 16 Castleford 00 Try: Mike McIlorum
Wigan 18 Castleford 00

Conversion: Matty Smith (5/6)

70th Minute Wigan 22 Castleford 00 Try: Dan Sarginson
Wigan 24 Castleford 00

Conversion: Matty Smith (6/7)

75th Minute Wigan 28 Castleford 00 Try: Dom Manfredi
Wigan 28 Castleford 00

Conversion: Matty Smith (6/8)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 28 Castleford Tigers 00

Video Highlights


Ben Thaler

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 6 Castleford 9

Match Attendance



Heavy Rain.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 20 - Round 14

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 14 10 1 3 420 285 +135 21
2 Wigan Warriors 14 9 1 4 381 220 +161 19
3 St Helens 14 9 0 5 350 253 +97 18
4 Huddersfield Giants 14 7 1 6 300 198 +102 15
5 Warrington Wolves 14 7 0 7 332 282 +50 14
6 Castleford Tigers 14 7 0 7 273 290 -17 14
7 Catalan Dragons 14 6 1 7 341 387 -46 13
8 Hull FC 13 6 0 7 235 255 -20 12

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Hull Kingston Rovers 13 6 0 7 312 343 -31 12
10 Widnes Vikings 14 5 1 8 320 342 -22 11
11 Salford Red Devils 13 5 1 7 262 321 -59 11
12 Wakefield Wildcats 13 2 0 11 200 550 -350 4

Round 14 Results
Thu 7 May Hull Kingston Rovers 54 Wakefield Wildcats 6 7,376
Fri 8 May Salford Red Devils 0 Huddersfield Giants 19 1,972
Fri 8 May Wigan Warriors 28 Castleford Tigers 0 15,022
Sat 9 May Catalan Dragons 33 St Helens 26 8,886
Sun 10 May Warrington Wolves 26 Hull FC 27 9,697
Sun 10 May Widnes Vikings 38 Leeds Rhinos 24 6,113

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