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

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Friday 15th February 2008
Wigan Warriors 28 Castleford Tigers 16
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 13 - Round 2 of 27
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan       - Castleford    
1 Richard Mathers       1 Luke Dorn    
14 Liam Colbon  T      21 Richard Owen    
3 Darrell Goulding       3 Michael Shenton    
4 George Carmont       23 Ryan McGoldrick    
5 Pat Richards  T   G6    5 Mike Wainwright    
6 Trent Barrett       6 Anthony Thackeray    
7 Thomas Leuluai  T2      7 Brent Sherwin    
15 Andy Coley       8 Mark Leafa  T   
9 Mick Higham       9 Andrew Henderson    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       10 Michael Korkidas    
16 Harrison Hansen       11 Awen Guttenbiel    
12 Phil Bailey       16 Peter Lupton  T   
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Joe Westerman    G2 
Interchange:
11 Gareth Hock       14 Liam Higgins    
17 Michael McIlorum       15 Craig Huby    
19 Paul Prescott       19 Tom Haberecht  T   
24 Eamon O'Carroll       30 Adam Fletcher    

Report: 

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

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.

Scoring: 
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

Attendance: 

16,667

Super League 13 - 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

Engage Super League 12 Table - After This Round
- 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

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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