On a night in which Wigan were denied the league leaders
shield in the very last second of the regular season, it
was almost forgotten in the end disappointment that Wigan
had done a superb second half job on Castleford at the DW.
37-0 in the second half was a fantastic effort. Yes it fell
away for Cas who had nothing to play but Wigan blew them
away with a fast paced effort and I think that is a big key
for us going forward.
We started fast but the more the first half went on, the
more our pace fell away into a slow rhythm. That suited the
visitors and they were playing some great stuff to come
back from 10-0 down to 12-10 up.
When we upped the pace second half, Cas couldn't handle
it. Sin binned helped but it was that upturn in pace that
created the sin bin don't forget.
The night also leaves a big dilemma for coach Shaun
Wane. John Bateman being left out, precaution we think,
meant Joe Burgess slipped inside to play centre with Dom
Manfredi coming in on the wing.
Wane wouldn't be drawn to an answer when BBC Manchester
commentator Phil Kinsella suggested, in the post match
press conference, that Manfredi surely couldn't be dropped
after that but it is what everyone will have been thinking
after that four try haul.
So what does he do? Bateman is expected to return but
given his superb form it seems a waste to leave him on the
interchange. But I also like the idea of having the trio of
Josh Charnley, Joe Burgess and Dom Manfredi all out there
to utilise the pace to the maximum potential. It wasn't
like Manfredi scored four tries by just walking over in the
corner, he used his power and some lovely steps at times to
Frankly the only thing I can be certain of right now is
that Gildart will start but elsewhere your wondering who
will get dropped. Someone has to, even if it's Bateman to
the bench. In one sense it's not a good thing to not be
settled so late in the season but on the other hand it's a
Elsewhere in this game, I thought Matty Bowen responded
well to his second Langtree nightmare of the season. He had
a good night here, although again we are left worrying
about goal kicking after just 5 kicks from 9.
Who knows what the next two weeks will bring in terms of
a title charge. We could easily have our chances ended on
Thursday but my biggest hope is that we do look fresh. Our
pack is making excellent metres with this game being
dominated by 1526 metres to just 815 by Cas. Yes we lost to
Saints with a similar advantage but if we keep up those
standards, we will be hard to beat, unless we beat
ourselves. We shall see.