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Match Report: Castleford 22 Wigan 22
Posted by Bilko on June 22 2008 - 18:20

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Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League 13 Round 18.
Sunday 22nd June 2008. Kick Off 3:30pm at The Jungle (Wheldon Road).

Thoughts on the Match

Wigan should be grateful of a point this afternoon at The Jungle because it was more than they deserved following a woeful attacking display.

The set completion was dire, the go forward even worse. Lucky for us we were playing Castleford because most sides would have wiped us off the park.

I mean the first half especially - I think the only time we got anywhere near the Cas try line was when we scored.

And to sum it all up towards then end having got the scores level we twice got within drop goal range and didn't even attempt the one pointer. We robbed them blind of one point but I'm still angry we didn't rob them of both points.

Story of the Match

In gale force winds Wigan kicked the kick off out on the full and that set the tone really. Cas went straight on the offensive and scored on five minutes.

Fair play to the Tigers did they nothing more than complete sets and cause Wigan problems on the last tackle. A kick from Brent Sherwin was touched down by Ryan McGoldrick, who sported a daft spiked mohawk type haircut, and a conversion from Craig Huby made it 6-0.

Cas should have been turning the screw because Wigan were still in bed with there pants down. They just kept knocking on time and time again gifting the Tigers easy field position but luckily for us they only punished once more,

Soft try scored by Andrew Henderson who went over unopposed from the play the ball. Huby again goaled to make it 12-0 Cas.

Wigan then hit back by mustering up something from nothing. Down the left Pat Richards broke clear, put a kick in and touched down his own kick to which he hit a tough conversion to make it 12-6.  Poor defence from Wigan. Some blamed Mathers, some blamed Coley for slack defence - I say blame both! It was a very soft try to concede.

Huby soon hit a penalty goal to make it 14-6 but having been so poor I was chuffed to bits to be in the game at half time. It really should have been more.

Surprise surprise though Wigan turn out a different side second half - we see it so often.

4 Minutes it took for Trent Barrett to go over and Richards conversion made it 14-12. It was nip and tuck for the next twenty minutes or so with neither side giving much away until Mick Higham scored his first try in an away match for Wigan in 26 months!

The try was created by a break from George Carmont who offloaded whilst being tackled close to the line. It was a simple pick up and dive over for Higham who last scored for Wigan at an away venue in Brian Noble's first game in charge at Wigan at Hudds in April 2006!!

So Wigan finally get ahead for the first time in the match with 16 minutes left and what do they do? Yes they completely bomb the lead in 2 minutes. Fair play to Cas though they could have mentally died but fought back with a score from Peter Lupton. Huby converted to make it 20-18 to Cas with 14 minutes left.

Wigan had to come back again and did. 72nd Minute. Neat patient build up play for once got Thomas Leuluai in position to go over from close range but Paaaat missed a crucial goal - however Wigan had the lead back at 22-20.

But again no completed set from the restart - in fact Cas got a penalty which Huby goaled to make it 22-22.

In the final five minutes Wigan got into good field position twice to attempt drop goals but didn't. Cas also got within 40 metres of the Wigan posts but an attempt was well blocked by Stuart Fielden.

Game Breaking Moment

Wigan let Cas score twice after tries in the last twenty minutes.

Top Player

Tough. Probably the Richards - Carmont combination down one wing deserve some credit but no real stand out individuals.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "In the first half we didn't have any ball, and the only ball we did have we dropped. There was certainly plenty to fix up at half-time. We looked a little more lively after that and we were certainly more positive with the ball. But they looked after the ball, ran out of dummy half well and managed to get down to our end of the field enough times to get some points. I'd look at the glass as half full. At half-time we were staring down the barrel of a gun. We clambered out but we just didn't manage the clock well in the last minute, we could have got a drop goal. But the reality is, they would have been disappointed if that had happened to them."

Team Sheets

- Castleford Position Wigan -
23 Ryan McGoldrick Full Back Richard Mathers 1
2 Stuart Donlan Winger Mark Calderwood 2
3 Michael Shenton Centre Cameron Phelps 21
21 Richard Owen Centre George Carmont 4
5 Mike Wainwright Winger Pat Richards 5
1 Luke Dorn Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
7 Brent Sherwin Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
14 Liam Higgins Prop Stuart Fielden 8
9 Andrew Henderson Hooker Mick Higham 9
10 Michael Korkidas Prop Andy Coley 15
15 Craig Huby 2nd Row Phil Bailey 12
16 Peter Lupton 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 16
13 Joe Westerman L.Forward Joel Tomkins 22
- - - - -
6 Anthony Thackeray Substitute Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
18 Ryan Boyle Substitute Liam Colbon 14
26 Brendan Hlad Substitute Mike McIlorum 17
27 Ned Catic Substitute Paul Prescott 19

Score Sheet

Castleford Tigers 22 --- Wigan Warriors 22
Tries (3):
Ryan McGoldrick
Andrew Henderson
Peter Lupton
--- Tries (4):
Pat Richards
Trent Barrett
Mick Higham
Thomas Leuluai
Goals:
Craig Huby 5/5
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 3/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

5th Minute Castleford 04 Wigan 00 Try: Ryan McGoldrick
6th Minute Castleford 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Craig Huby (1/1)
18th Minute Castleford 10 Wigan 00 Try: Andrew Henderson
19th Minute Castleford 12 Wigan 00 Conversion: Craig Huby (2/2)
22nd Minute Castleford 12 Wigan 04 Try: Pat Richards
23rd Minute Castleford 12 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
29th Minute Castleford 14 Wigan 06 Penalty Goal: Craig Huby (3/3)
Half Time Castleford Tigers 14 Wigan Warriors 06
44th Minute Castleford 14 Wigan 10 Try: Trent Barrett
44th Minute Castleford 14 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
63rd Minute Castleford 14 Wigan 16 Try: Mick Higham
63rd Minute Castleford 14 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
65th Minute Castleford 18 Wigan 18 Try: Peter Lupton
66th Minute Castleford 20 Wigan 18 Conversion: Craig Huby (4/4)
72nd Minute Castleford 20 Wigan 22 Try: Thomas Leuluai
73rd Minute Castleford 20 Wigan 22 P.Richards Missed Conversion (3/4)
74th Minute Castleford 22 Wigan 22 Penalty Goal: Craig Huby (5/5)
Full Time Castleford Tigers 22 Wigan Warriors 22

Referee

Ben Thaler (Wakefield)

Penalties Conceded

Castleford 7 Wigan 10

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Castleford 0 Wigan 2

Match Attendance

7,048

Match Weather

Dry but gale force winds.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 18

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 18 14 0 4 564 266 +298 28
2 St Helens 18 13 0 5 579 337 +242 26
3 Catalans Dragons 18 12 1 5 468 392 +76 25
4 Wakefield Wildcats 18 10 0 8 404 436 -32 20
5 Wigan Warriors 17 9 1 7 403 425 -22 19
6 Bradford Bulls 18 9 0 9 445 426 +19 18
7 Warrington Wolves 18 9 0 9 439 474 -35 18
8 Harlequins 18 8 0 10 379 451 -72 16
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 18 7 1 10 341 449 -108 15
10 Huddersfield Giants 17 5 1 11 387 422 -35 11
11 Hull FC 18 5 1 12 350 429 -79 11
12 Castleford Tigers 18 3 1 14 351 603 -252 7

Round 18 Results
Fri 20 June Leeds Rhinos 12 St Helens 26 18,303
Sat 21 June Hull Kingston Rovers 18 Wakefield Wildcats 26 8,427
Sat 21 June Catalan Dragons 52 Warrington Wolves 14 9,040
Sun 22 June Bradford Bulls 36 Hull FC 22 9,511
Sun 22 June Huddersfield Giants 26 Harlequins 16 4,176
Sun 22 June Castleford Tigers 22 Wigan Warriors 22 7,048

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