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.
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