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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.