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Match Report: Castleford 26 Wigan 33
Posted by Bilko on June 04 2016 - 11:32

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Thursday 26th May 2016
Castleford Tigers 26 Wigan Warriors 30
Mend-a-Hose Jungle, Castleford
First Utility Super League 21 - Round 16 of 23

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan         - Castleford    
1 Sam Tomkins  T        1 Luke Dorn    
5 Dom Manfredi  T        34 Paddy Flynn    
20 Oliver Gildart         19 Ben Crooks    
4 Dan Sarginson         3 Jake Webster  T   
2 Josh Charnley  T2        5 Denny Solomona  T2   
6 George Williams         15 Paul McShane  T   
7 Matty Smith    G6   DG    7 Luke Gale    G5 
8 Dom Crosby         32 Larne Patrick    
16 Sam Powell  T        9 Adam Milner    

Ben Flower


Grant Millington

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

Joel Tomkins


Lee Jewitt

17 Lee Mossop         16 Matt Cook    
19 Taulima Tautai         18 Ryan Hampshire    
21 Ryan Sutton         22 Gadwin Springer    
26 Greg Burke         33 Danny Tickle    


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.

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



First Utility Super League 21 - Round 16 Results
Thu 26 May Castleford Tigers 26 Wigan Warriors 33 5,558
Fri 27 May Salford Red Devils 38 Wakefield Wildcats 28 3,022
Fri 27 May Warrington Wolves 52 Leeds Rhinos 18 10,317
Sat 28 May Hull FC 32 St Helens 24 11,247
Sat 28 May Catalan Dragons 34 Hull Kingston Rovers 16 9,859
Sun 29 May Widnes Vikings 24 Huddersfield Giants 20 4,683

2016 First Utility Super League 21 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Hull FC 16 12 0 4 441 347 +94 24
2 Warrington Wolves 16 11 0 5 485 298 +187 22
3 Catalan Dragons 16 11 0 5 456 331 +125 22
4 Wigan Warriors 16 11 0 5 337 337 0 22
5 St Helens 16 9 0 7 392 397 -5 18
6 Wakefield Wildcats 16 8 0 8 353 426 -73 16
7 Castleford Tigers 16 7 1 8 409 448 -39 15
8 Widnes Vikings 16 7 0 9 362 339 +23 14

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

9 Salford Red Devils 16 8 0 8 422 397 +25   10*
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 16 4 1 11 330 431 -101 9
11 Huddersfield Giants 16 4 0 12 367 399 -32 8
12 Leeds Rhinos 16 3 0 13 268 472 -204 6

*Salford Deducted Six Points for Salary Cap Breaches in 2014 & 2015

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