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|Friday 27th July 2012|
|Wigan Warriors 40 Castleford Tigers 16|
|DW Stadium, Wigan|
|Stobart Super League 17 - Round 22 of 27|
|Kick Off 8:00pm|
|1||Sam Tomkins||T2||G4||1||Richard Owen|
|2||Josh Charnley||T||32||Rhys Williams||T|
|3||Darrell Goulding||25||Jordan Thompson|
|4||George Carmont||T||14||Stuart Jones||T|
|37||Iain Thornley||T||2||Nick Youngquest||G2|
|6||Brett Finch||21||Oliver Holmes||T|
|38||Matty Smith||7||Danny Orr|
|21||Epalahame Lauaki||T2||19||Paul Jackson|
|9||Michael McIlorum||15||Adam Milner|
|10||Lee Mossop||10||Craig Huby|
|11||Harrison Hansen||13||Steve Snitch|
|12||Gareth Hock||20||Grant Millington|
|23||Ben Flower||8||Jake Emmitt|
|14||Jeff Lima||16||Ryan Hudson|
|16||Liam Farrell||T||17||Lee Mitchell|
|17||Chris Tuson||22||Nathan Massey|
|33||Dom Crosby||25||Steve Nash|
As practically the whole nation was transfixed on the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics taking place at the same time, Wigan were seeing off Castleford at the DW Stadium.
The reality was Wigan took just 11 minutes to win this match. They scored three tries in that spell to build a 16-0 lead and it always looked like they were playing well within themselves for the rest of the contest.
However, credit Castleford. They muscled up in the pack after that moment and did well to halt Wigan for long periods. Who knows, if Wigan had not scored after the hooter just before half time, this could of been a different story.
But Wigan got off to a great start with two tries from, well would you adam and eve it, Eric Lauaki!!! Not one but two. Identical efforts as well. Cas get caught offside twice by referee George Stokes and Lauaki soon barrels over from close range near the posts. Easy conversions then for a 12-0 lead in 7 minutes.
Then a third try soon followed with Iain Thornley claiming his fourth try in his third Wigan appearance by going over in the left corner. Sam couldn't convert - 16-0.
Looked like Cas might roll over and die at this point, but instead they got some possession and grew in confidence. It was a long time in coming but they deserved the next try of the game they claimed in the 37 minute.
Before that however we had a long injury delay when Darrell Goulding was panned out by Nick Youngquest's knee. It was total accident but Goulding's teeth took the brunt of the knee and he was immediately out cold. Thankfully he's come round and is ok but that was obviously the game over for him. Ginger Farrell came in to play centre in his place.
Like I said, Cas got the games next try just before half time with Rhys Williams mugging both Josh Charnley and Sam Tomkins down the right wing. Excellent try, converted by Youngquest for 16-6.
They needed to hold that to half time though but couldn't. They made a error and Wigan once again scored right on the hooter. The play the ball was got away a bugs dick before the hooter sounded and after attacking towards the left, they then went right and got Farrell over in the corner. Sam couldn't convert but 20-6 took a bit of heat off.
Cas then put the sweat on Wigan with the first try of the second half being scored by Oliver Holmes in the 47th minute, converted for a score of 19+1 to 11+1 (can't say the actual score at this point in fear those Olympic Organisers will be suing me as I'm not an official olympic sponsor. Can I say the word "Olympic? - oh bugger!). Wigan quickly took the heat off though with an excellent try from George Carmont a few minutes later. Good power from "one knee" George and Sam's conversion made it 26-12.
That lead should of quickly been extended when Gareth Hock busted right up the middle from 60 out. The "Butcher" had support both left and right, and should of sent the ball right for an easy try under the posts, but instead he kept hold. Greedy, greedy bastard. When he passed it was far too late and the chance went.
Wigan did scored next on 64 minutes to put the result beyond down. Good one-two passing move between Sam and Thornley got the full back over. He couldn't convert however - 30-12.
The now baldy Josh Charnley claimed his 27th Super League try of the campaign on 74 minutes in the right corner, unconverted for 34-12, before Cas scored a third try three minutes later from ex Wigan player Stuart Jones.
Having seen Josh get his 27th, Sam kept the heat on him for top league try scorer by claiming his second and 24th try of the campaign in the last minute. Converted it as well for a final score of 40-16.
One final note. Matty Smith kicked brilliantly in the first half. Nice and calm and finding touch to keep Cas pinned back. That could be useful at the business end of the season.
Super League 17 - Round 22 Results
|Fri 27 July||Wigan Warriors 40 Castleford Tigers 16||13,975|
|Sat 28 July||Catalan Dragons 19 London Broncos 12||7,662|
|Sun 29 July||Hull FC 34 Salford City Reds 26||10,776|
|Sun 29 July||Warrington Wolves 50 Bradford Bulls 22||10,750|
|Sun 29 July||Widnes Vikings 26 Hull Kingston Rovers 32||5,325|
|Sun 29 July||St Helens 46 Huddersfield Giants 12||12,329|
|Mon 30 July||Wakefield Wildcats 38 Leeds Rhinos 18||9,547|
Stobart Super League 17 Table - After This Round
|8||Hull Kingston Rovers||22||10||1||11||595||551||+44||21|
|10||Salford City Reds||22||8||1||13||518||648||-130||17|
*Bradford Bulls Deducted 6 points for entering administration.