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Match Report: Castleford 26 Wigan 33
Posted by Bilko on June 04 2016 - 10:32

Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors - First Utility Super League 21 - Round 16
Thursday 26th May 2016. Kick Off 8:00pm at Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Match Report

I felt the timing was right for a big away performance from Wigan and they didn't disappoint on this trip to Castleford.

It was a right battle throughout but Wigan had the better discipline and guile to be able to control from in front for the most part, although they didn't manage the game well towards the back end.

Sam Tomkins return may be starting to see the attack click more but it's George Williams for me that is being more of a heartbeat, particularly on the last tackle. Signs of things being to click together are pulsing now.

A great cut out pass from Williams enabled Josh Charnley to finish for a very early score with Matty Smith converting for 6-0, but Cas would hit back to lead 8-6 following a try from Paul McShane and a Luke Gale penalty being added to his conversion.

Wigan hit back in front with a little dab towards the in goal by Smith being finished by Sam Tomkins and the conversion made it 12-8. Cas though came back again with a lovely finish from Denny Solomona making it 12-12 with the extras to that one going wide.

With five minutes to half time an unsavoury scuffle broke out. Pretty minor to be fair but I have to say that John Bateman throwing the ball like a spoilt child at an opponent is pretty poor taste if I'm honest. Don't care who it is, that is petulance that should be frown upon in our game. Lucky for him perhaps that Wigan had already got the penalty before he did that and Smith dispatched for 14-12 that held to half time.

Drama though occurred after the hooter when Jake Webster was sin binned for dissenting a decision by Ben Thaler not to give Cas a penalty for accidental offside as Wigan fumbled a ball after the siren had gone. Whatever the rights or wrongs, that dissent would prove costly.

A great break from Dom Manfredi wouldn't see him go all the way but he would eventually score to make it 20-12 after Smith added the extras again.

Cas were hanging in a little with 12 men but managed to see out the time, helped by Gale drilling the final minute off the clock hanging around before kicking a gift two for 20-14.

Back to one score but Wigan quickly took full control of the contest after Charnley claimed a second try. Smith kicking the conversion then adding a penalty goal had Wigan up 28-14 with the game heading towards the final quarter.

A chance now your thinking for Wigan to control the contest but they made it easy for Cas to hit back. Poor defence saw Webster power over for 28-20 with Gale converting.

Given the sweaty ending, Wigan crucially found a scrappy try on 67 minutes, finished by Sam Powell, to make it 32-20 but Smith's excellent night of kicking was ruined by him missing one of his easiest conversions of the evening.

So instead of a 14 point three score lead, Cas still had hope with just two converted tries to find and Wigan's hearts went in mouths when Solomona scored his second and Gale converted from wide for 32-26 with still eight minutes to go.

One thing you count on Smith for though with such confidence is a drop goal and he kicked one with 4 minutes to go for a 33-26 lead that would prove to be the final score.

Team Sheets

- Castleford Position Wigan 1
1 Luke Dorn Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
34 Paddy Flynn

Right Wing

Dom Manfredi 5
19 Ben Crooks Centre Oliver Gildart 20
3 Jake Webster Centre Dan Sarginson 4
5 Denny Solomona Left Wing Josh Charnley 2
15 Paul McShane Stand Off George Williams 6
7 Luke Gale Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
32 Larne Patrick Prop Dom Crosby 8
9 Adam Milner Hooker Sam Powell 16

Grant Millington


Ben Flower

17 Junior Moors 2nd Row John Bateman 14
12 Mike McMeekan 2nd Row Willie Isa 25

Lee Jewitt


Joel Tomkins

16 Matt Cook Substitute Lee Mossop 17
18 Ryan Hampshire Substitute Taulima Tautai 19
22 Gadwin Springer Substitute Ryan Sutton 21
33 Danny Tickle Substitute Greg Burke 26
- Daryl Powell Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Castleford Tigers 26


Wigan Warriors 33

Tries (4):
Paul McShane
Denny Solomona 2
Jake Webster


Tries (5):
Josh Charnley 2
Sam Tomkins
Dom Manfredi
Sam Powell

Luke Gale 5/6
--- Goals:
Matty Smith 6/7
--- --- Drop Goals:
Matty Smith 1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

02mins:51 Castleford 00 Wigan 04

Try: Josh Charnley

Castleford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
08mins:45 Castleford 04 Wigan 06

Try: Paul McShane

Castleford 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Luke Gale (1/1)
13mins:06 Castleford 08 Wigan 06

Penalty Goal: Luke Gale (1/2)

20mins:39 Castleford 08 Wigan 10

Try: Sam Tomkins

Castleford 08 Wigan 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
27mins:03 Castleford 12 Wigan 12

Try: Denny Solomona

Castleford 12 Wigan 12 Missed Conv: Luke Gale (2/3)
35mins:55 Castleford 12 Wigan 14

Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (3/3)

40mins:00 Castleford Sin Bin Jake Webster (Dissent)
Half Time Castleford Tigers 12 Wigan Warriors 14
42mins:22 Castleford 12 Wigan 18

Try: Dom Manfredi

Castleford 12 Wigan 20 Conversion: Matty Smith (4/4)
50mins:03 Castleford 14 Wigan 20

Penalty Goal: Luke Gale (3/4)

53mins:19 Castleford 14 Wigan 24

Try: Josh Charnley (2)

Castleford 14 Wigan 26 Conversion: Matty Smith (5/5)
56mins:48 Castleford 14 Wigan 28 Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (6/6)
60mins:36 Castleford 18 Wigan 28

Try: Jake Webster

Castleford 20 Wigan 28 Conversion: Luke Gale (4/5)
66mins:40 Castleford 20 Wigan 32

Try: Sam Powell

Castleford 20 Wigan 32 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (6/7)
71mins:49 Castleford 24 Wigan 32

Try: Denny Solomona (2)

Castleford 26 Wigan 32 Conversion: Luke Gale (5/6)
75mins:32 Castleford 26 Wigan 33 Drop Goal: Matty Smith
Full Time Castleford Tigers 26 Wigan Warriors 33


Ben Thaler

Penalties Conceded

Castleford 10 Wigan 10

Match Attendance



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