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Match Report: Castleford 22 Wigan 36
Posted by Bilko on March 21 2010 - 19:53

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Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League XV Round 7.
Sunday 21st March 2010. Kick Off 3:30pm at The Jungle.

Well I wrote in the match preview that Castleford couldn't clean break, and that proved this afternoon at The Jungle. They needed help from errors or penalties to get on the attack and unfortunately for most of the first half Wigan obliged.

It was a scrappy first half effort but in previous years we'd have probably been over a converted try down from that kind of performance, but today we actually led!

In the second half it took us just nine minutes to seal the two points and at the end of the day the win is all that matters. Wigan just had far too much pace with Amos Roberts, in particular, pulling the strings.

Wigan called up youngster Chris Tuson from his dual contract at Blackpool to replace Harrison Hansen. This was only Tuson's second appearance after a brief run out against Leeds in 2008. He went onto the bench with Phil Bailey starting in the second row. George Carmont returned at centre, meaning their was no place for Darrell Goulding, whilst Feka Paleaaesina remained in the Reserve Team.

An very early injury to Cameron Phelps forced him to swap positions with Amos Roberts but that perhaps helped us, more than hindered us.

Two early penalties conceded by Cas got Pat Richards in position to kick a Penalty Goal. That decision surprised some fans on the terraces but it showed some respect for the opposition. Joe Westerman kicked a penalty of his own on eight minutes to level the scores at 2-2.

The Tigers should then have punished Wigan's kick off after it sailed out on the full but they couldn't get over the line.

Wigan had barely attacked until 14 minutes when Roberts, running on the angle, took a lovely inside pass from Sean O'Loughlin to score in the left corner. Richards couldn't convert - 6-2 Wigan.

Next attack saw Wigan score again. This try was an easy one with Phelps having a walk in down the right wing. Richards struggled to kick off the touchline again though - 10-2 Wigan.

From the restart referee James Child decided to penalise Stuart Fielden for playing on when tackled. Fielden was getting interfered with and had looked to have broken out of the tackle but Child had deemed it complete and so Cas had a penalty ten metres from the Wigan line. And they scored from the easy territory with Michael Shenton claiming the four points. Westerman couldn't convert - 10-6 Wigan.

I mentioned Cas needing help to get up to the Wigan line and after helping them along with two penalties, they punished again. Same try scorer, this time he had an easy walkover the line. Poor defence for that one. Westerman converted to put the home side ahead at 12-10.

Wigan responded well soon after with a trademark pluck out the air try from Richards. Bomb went up and despite two defenders in attendance, Pat out leaped the pair to score, again though he failed to convert. 14-12 Wigan.

I mentioned Phelps having to switch to the wing injured and it was at this point in the match (on the half hour) that he went off. This saw a switch around with Martin Gleeson moving to the right wing and Joel Tomkins to right centre. Phelps didn't return.

Castleford had a chance to hit straight back at Wigan, after the referee's whistle had again marched them up field, but Wigan survived this time.

With the hooter approaching, Wigan had a big chance to increase their slender lead after a knock on by Cas, ten metres from their own line. But we immediately knocked on overselves That summed up a sloppy first half from Wigan, despite the 14-12 lead.

I twittered at half time that they "needed a kick up the backside from Maguire" and clearly they got it. Much better second half and like I said, it took us just 9 minutes to seal the win.

After Cas had defended one Wigan set, they couldn't handle a burst clear from Roberts and Joel Tomkins was in good support to score. Richards hit the post to miss his fourth conversion however. They were making it harder work for Wigan at 18-12.

It wasn't all good in this match winning spell though. Wigan had knocked on from the restart of that try but it soon wasted. Roberts then claimed his second try to make it 22-12. Fourty metres out he brilliantly out stepped a would be tackler before crossing the line. The defender was left looking foolish with his hands of his head! Hallelujah, finally Pat added an extra two! They had all been difficult kicks previously in fairness but this one was easy to make it 24-12.

From the restart Wigan scored again. Same man, Roberts with the break and he had loads of support either side. Sam Tomkins and O'Loughlin to his left and Joel Tomkins and Gleeson to his right.  It looked to me like he had chosen to wrong option, but Joel Tomkins fended off the last defnder to score his second try under the posts, Easy extras made it 30-12 with 29 minutes to go and it now a game only Wigan could lose.

Like I said Castleford needed help to get close to Wigan's line and for the next 15 minutes it wasn't forthcoming. It ended up a midfield battle, but that ate up the clock nicely.

That was until 65 minutes when Rangi Chase was sin binned for throwing a slap. This came after he had been awarded the penalty, so it was a bit stupid. The penalty still remained with the home side and they scored from it. Michael Wainwright hitting through an overlap which shouldn't really happen with a man advantage. Wigan should be disappointed they let him in. Westerman's conversion missed, meaning they still needed to score three tries at 30-16.

The Tigers didn't give up and another Wigan penalty got them on the attack but fortunately they were penalised for crossing.

Wigan then scored again to rubber stamp the two points. It came after Ryan McGoldrick was penalised for a high shot on Andy Coley. The penalty was bang in front and I'd have taken the two to eat up the clock (6 minutes remained) but they tapped and Phil Bailey offloaded to send Roberts in for his hatrick from close range. Well deserved hatrick it was as well. Richards converted to make it 36-16.

The foot was taken off the gas in the final moments and this allowed Cas to score a consolation in stoppage time, through Mike Cooper, but it was too little, too late. Conversion from Westerman made the final score 36-22.

So you have to be pleased with the two points, after all The Jungle is never an easy place to visit. Have to say I wasn't that impressed with Phil Bailey. I'm assuming Harrison Hansen was injured but Bailey looks way down the pecking order to me. Great in defence but we are a more attacking side now and that isn't his game. Maybe he is still gathering match fitness but although he did a neat offload to give Roberts his hatrick, he was disappointing in my eyes.

Anyway the win takes Wigan two points clear at the top of the table with Leeds and St Helens to face next. Bring it on!

ps Those on the coach I was on will have witnessed the one figured salute as we passed the Boot Room pub from a Castleford fan who was well over 50 with a bald head! What a sad, sad Man!

Reaction to the Action

Coach Michael Maguire: ""Everyone continually told me how tough it was to come here (to Castleford), the environment is definitely that. I was pleased for the boys to get the result they got. The boys recognised at half time they weren't where they wanted to be, we spoke about that and it was good to see they provided that in the second half. There are alot of areas we need to improve in and we will see to that at training. The run goes on but its a matter of week in week out, it is still early days and as the results this weekend showed any team can go up or go down, we just have to work hard week to week. Amos (Roberts) went back to full back and had an outstanding game, he is playing very well for us and it is good to see him get the results of all the hard work he has put in. Sam could probably have pushed through but we have a tough game on Friday. Our fans were excellent again, the noise they provide is a lift for the team."

Castleford coach Terry Matterson: "(Rangi Chase) got frustrated. They were around our heads all day. He really didn't do anything. He shaped up (to fight) which was a bit silly but what do you expect? Blokes get frustrated. I'm not too downhearted. I thought we gave a good account of ourselves. The scoreline was a bit harsh. If you score 22 points, it should be enough for us to win the game. We came up with some dumb decisions at times. We had to play at the top of our game today to get the result. We were near to that in the first half but we weren't quite on it in the second half."

Team Sheets

-CastlefordPositionWigan-
23Ryan McGoldrickFull BackCameron Phelps1
21Jordan ThompsonWingerAmos Roberts2
3Michael ShentonCentreMartin Gleeson3
2Kirk DixonCentreGeorge Carmont4
5Michael WainwrightWingerPat Richards5
13Joe WestermanStand OffSam Tomkins6
6Rangi ChaseScrum HalfThomas Leuluai7
15Liam HigginsPropStuart Fielden8
9Ryan HudsonHookerMark Riddell9
10Craig HubyPropAndy Coley10
12Steve Snitch2nd RowPhil Bailey16
14Stuart Jones2nd RowJoel Tomkins12
17Ryan ClaytonL.ForwardSean O'Loughlin13
-
7Brent SherwinSubstitutePaul Prescott14
8Mitchell SargeantSubstituteEamon O'Carroll21
18Nathan MasseySubstituteLee Mossop23
29Mike CooperSubstituteChris Tuson29
-Terry MattersonCoachMichael Maguire-

Score Sheet

Castleford Tigers 22---Wigan Warriors 36
Tries (4):
Michael Shenton 2
Michael Wainwright
Mike Cooper
---Tries (7):
Amos Roberts 3
Cameron Phelps
Pat Richards
Joel Tomkins 2
Goals:
Joe Westerman 3/5
---Goals:
Pat Richards 4/8

Scoring and Incident Pattern

5th MinuteCastleford 00Wigan 02Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/1)
8th MinuteCastleford 02Wigan 02Penalty Goal: Joe Westerman (1/1)
14th MinuteCastleford 02Wigan 06Try: Amos Roberts
-Castleford 02Wigan 06P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
17th MinuteCastleford 02Wigan 10Try: Cameron Phelps
-Castleford 02Wigan 06P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/3)
19th MinuteCastleford 06Wigan 10Try: Michael Shenton
-Castleford 06Wigan 10J.Westerman Missed Conversion (1/2)
26th MinuteCastleford 10Wigan 10Try: Michael Shenton (2)
-Castleford 12Wigan 10Conversion: Joe Westerman (2/3)
29th MinuteCastleford 12Wigan 14Try: Pat Richards
-Castleford 12Wigan 14P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/4)
Half TimeCastleford Tigers 12 Wigan Warriors 14
45th MinuteCastleford 12Wigan 18Try: Joel Tomkins
-Castleford 12Wigan 18P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/5)
49th MinuteCastleford 12Wigan 22Try: Amos Roberts (2)
-Castleford 12Wigan 24Conversion: Pat Richards (2/6)
51st MinuteCastleford 12Wigan 28Try: Joel Tomkins (2)
-Castleford 12Wigan 30Conversion: Pat Richards (3/7)
65th MinuteCastleford Sin BinRangi Chase (Slapping)
66th MinuteCastleford 16Wigan 30Try: Michael Wainwright
-Castleford 16Wigan 30J.Westerman Missed Conversion (2/4)
73rd MinuteCastleford 16Wigan 34Try: Amos Roberts (Hatrick)
-Castleford 16Wigan 36Conversion: Pat Richards (4/8)
80mins+1Castleford 20Wigan 36Try: Mike Cooper
-Castleford 22Wigan 36Conversion: Joe Westerman (3/5)
Full TimeCastleford Tigers 22 Wigan Warriors 36

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Amos Roberts
2nd: Joel Tomkins 3rd: Sean O'Loughlin 4th: Andy Coley 5th: Lee Mossop

Referee

James Child

Penalties Conceded

Castleford 9 Wigan 12

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Castleford 0 Wigan 0

Match Attendance

8,493

Weather

Dry with Sunny Spells

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 15 Round 7

-TeamPWDLFADiffFormPts
1Wigan Warriors7601254100+154W212
2Warrington Wolves750221796+121L110
3Huddersfield Giants750218078+102W310
4St Helens7502203142+61W210
5Hull FC7502174116+58W110
6Wakefield Wildcats7502157146+11W210
7Hull Kingston Rovers7403123159-36W18
8Leeds Rhinos7304176115+61L26
9Bradford Bulls7304102155-53L26
10Crusaders7304122193-71W16
11Castleford Tigers7205146197-51L14
12Salford City Reds710682177-95L12
13Catalans Dragons710682190-100L12
14Harlequins710674228-154L42

Round 7 Results
Fri 19 MarCrusaders 14 Catalans Dragons 66,124
Fri 19 MarHull FC 18 Bradford Bulls 614,446
Fri 19 MarLeeds Rhinos 10 Hull Kingston Rovers 1715,201
Fri 19 MarSt Helens 28 Warrington Wolves 1817,500
Sat 20 MarHarlequins 18 Huddersfield Giants 322,624
Sun 21 MarCastleford Tigers 22 Wigan Warriors 368,493
Sun 21 MarWakefield Wildcats 36 Salford City Reds 64,883

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