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Match Report: Wigan 28 Castleford 16
Posted by Bilko on February 15 2008 - 22:11

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Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers. Engage Super League XIII Rd 2.
Friday 15th February 2008. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

Well first I should admit that the half time pint saw me miss three of the four tries we did score tonight - so effectively I just saw Cas win 16-8. :-/

Wigan should have hammered Cas tonight. The Tigers were lame and it was only poor execution that kept Wigan from a 50+ scoreline.

It was completely the opposite from last week when 47 points flattered us - tonight 28 points was poor return from our effort.

There were no real stand out performers either - its just a night were you have to accept a win is a win and move on.

We've had some crap on the message boards from Castleford fans this past week but where were they tonight? All of about 500 turned up with just a little congregation at the top of the north stand making noise - "cheat cheat cheat" they chanted. Well all I can say is that two years a go you beat the "cheats" twice but on an even footing you didn't even come close! Work that one out Cas fans! :D

Story of the Match

The opening quarter was all Wigan. Wave after wave of attack with no end product.

Our only return was a 9th minute penalty goal from Richards - after we had declined taking the two twice.

Castleford had two attacks and broke clear both times. The first break saw Wigan just about scramble back whilst the second was finished well. A break through a gaping hole down the left wing saw Peter Lupton collect a pass inside which we finished close to the posts. Westerman converted and having barely should any signs of threatening - Cas were 6-2 up.

Wigan continued to press in attack, with the help of many penalties, but we kept failing to score time and time again so off I went fuming to the east stand concourse. In the beer queue and bang we go and finally score. Richards capitalised as the Cas full back cocked up a high kick. He converted his own try and just like that it was 8-6 Wigan at half time.

After the break Wigan took control of the game with a quick fire double. Colbon notched the first after the defence was unable to deal with another towering kick from Barrett, before the classy stand-off put Leuluai over under the posts shortly after.

Pat failed to convert the first (sack him!) but kicked the second to make it 18-6. A penalty goal on 54 minutes made it 20-6 and game over.

Cas did score next on the hour as Tom Haberecht crashed over (conversion missed) but Thomas Leuluai responded to that minutes later with his second try. Nice short ball from Feka Paleaaesina created it and with Pat converting it was 26-10 and without really getting near to top gear Wigan had won the match.

Cas still get a consolation try from Mark Leafa but a third penalty goal from Richards finished the scoring at 28-16. The last penalty finally resulted in a yellow card which was given to Ryan McGoldrick.

Game Breaking Moment

Two tries in quick succession after the break sealed an easy win that should have been easier.

Top Player

Thomas Leuluai - Well he scored twice. No real stand out.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "Terry (Matterson) will hang his hat on (the penalty count), but I thought we could have had a few more penalties. You can look at these things and make a case for both sides, but at the start of the year you've got to accept what goes on and we did. I thought we played some good stuff at times. We knew they would be a tough team to play against, and we had the utmost respect for them. But we matched them like for like and I'm really pleased with where we are at."

Castleford Coach Terry Matterson: "The try before half-time didn't help us, and neither did the penalty count (10-5 against Cas). I'm really proud of the lads but with stats like those we were torn up. There were two teams out there and our guys aren't any more ill disciplined than the other team. We just want consistency. We aren't getting the rub of the green and we didn't last week either," he added, "We conceded 15 penalties last week though, so that's something. We're killing ourselves as well because we're not completing our sets. But Wigan are too good a team to give them that many penalties. All we want is a fair cop."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Castleford -
1 Richard Mathers Full Back Luke Dorn 1
14 Liam Colbon Winger Richard Owen 21
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Michael Shenton 3
4 George Carmont Centre Ryan McGoldrick 23
5 Pat Richards Winger Michael Wainwright 5
6 Trent Barrett Stand Off Anthony Thackeray 6
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Brent Sherwin 7
15 Andy Coley Prop Mark Leafa 8
9 Mick Higham Hooker Andrew Henderson 9
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina Prop Michael Korkidas 10
16 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Awen Guttenbiel 11
12 Phil Bailey 2nd Row Peter Lupton 16
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Joe Westerman 13
- - - - -
11 Gareth Hock Substitute Liam Higgins 14
17 Mike McIlorum Substitute Craig Huby 15
19 Paul Prescott Substitute Tom Haberecht 19
24 Eamon O'Carroll Substitute Adam Fletcher 30

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 28 --- Castleford Tigers 16
Tries (4):
Pat Richards
Liam Colbon
Thomas Leuluai 2
--- Tries (3):
Peter Lupton
Thomas Haberecht
Mark Leafa
Goals:
Pat Richards 6/7
--- Goals:
Joe Westerman 2/2
Brent Sherwin 0/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

9th Minute Wigan 02 Castleford 00 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/1)
20th Minute Wigan 02 Castleford 04 Try: Peter Lupton
- Wigan 02 Castleford 06 Conversion: Joe Westerman (1/1)
40th Minute Wigan 06 Castleford 06 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 08 Castleford 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 08 Castleford Tigers 06
42nd Minute Wigan 12 Castleford 06 Try: Liam Colbon
- Wigan 12 Castleford 06 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/3)
44th Minute Wigan 16 Castleford 06 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Wigan 18 Castleford 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
54th Minute Wigan 20 Castleford 06 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (4/5)
59th Minute Wigan 20 Castleford 10 Try: Thomas Haberecht
- Wigan 20 Castleford 10 B.Sherwin Missed Conversion (0/1)
63rd Minute Wigan 24 Castleford 10 Try: Thomas Leuluai (2)
- Wigan 26 Castleford 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/6)
72nd Minute Wigan 26 Castleford 14 Try: Mark Leafa
- Wigan 26 Castleford 16 Conversion: Joe Westerman (2/2)
78th Minute Castleford Sin Bin Ryan McGoldrick (Interference)
78th Minute Wigan 28 Castleford 16 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards
Full Time Wigan Warriors 28 Castleford Tigers 16

Referee

Ian Smith (Oldham)

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 5 Castleford 10

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Wigan 0 Castleford 0

Match Attendance

16,667

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 2

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 3 3 0 0 94 30 +64 6
2 Wigan Warriors 2 2 0 0 75 44 +31 4
3 Hull Kingston Rovers 3 2 0 1 60 62 -2 4
4 Bradford Bulls 2 1 0 1 62 38 +24 2
5 St Helens 2 1 0 1 52 46 +6 2
6 Warrington Wolves 2 1 0 1 54 50 +4 2
7 Catalans Dragons 2 1 0 1 41 38 +3 2
8 Harlequins 2 1 0 1 52 53 -1 2
9 Wakefield Wildcats 2 1 0 1 34 68 -34 2
10 Castleford Tigers 2 0 0 2 30 49 -19 0
11 Hull FC 2 0 0 2 26 56 -30 0
12 Huddersfield Giants 2 0 0 2 22 68 -46 0

Round 2 Results
Fri 15 Feb St Helens 30 Warrington Wolves 22 13,396
Fri 15 Feb Wakefield Wildcats 8 Leeds Rhinos 44 9,863
Fri 15 Feb Wigan Warriors 28 Castleford Tigers 16 16,667
Sat 16 Feb Bradford Bulls 38 Huddersfield Giants 12 10,124
Sat 16 Feb Catalan Dragons 20 Hull Kingston Rovers 24 8,350
Sun 17 Feb Hull FC 6 Harlequins 24 13,313

Comments
catalancs on February 16 2008 - 13:08
2 points, great crowd just a shame that matterson had to have a moan
jonnycraven on February 17 2008 - 14:29
great win but we need to sort finishing for when we paly the likes of saints
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