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Wigan Warriors 10 Castleford Tigers 14 - Sunday 19th
Venue: JJB Stadium, Wigan
Competition: JJB Sports Super League 4 - Play Off Eliminator
Kick Off: 6:35pm
18. Wes Davies, 2. Jason Robinson, 20. Lee Gilmour, 5. Paul Johnson, 3.
Danny Moore, 28. Gavin Clinch, 7. Tony Smith
8. Neil Cowie, 24. Mark Smith, 16. Terry O'Connor, 11. Denis Betts,
14. Mick Cassidy, 13. Andy Farrell
10. Tony Mestrov, 12. Simon Haughton, 23. Brett Goldspink, 27. Chris Chester
Andy Farrell 3
1. Jason Flowers, 2. Richard Gay, 4. Francis Maloney, 3. Michael Eagar, 16.
Darren Rodgers, 6. Danny Orr, 7. Brad Davis
10. Dean Sampson, 9. Aaron Raper, 14. Nathan Sykes, 11. Lee Harland, 12.
Dale Fritz, 13. Adrian Volwes
5. Jon Wells, 8. James Pickering, 18. Ian Tonks, 24. Brad Hepi
Michael Eagar, Adrian Volwes
Danny Orr 3
Wigan 6 Castleford 12
Stuart Cummings (Widnes)
Live Coverage on Sky Sports 1
This was Wigan's First Match played at JJB Stadium.
Castleford stayed on course for the first championship
in their 73-year history and left Wigan to contemplate a first trophy-less
season for 15 years after pulling off a surprise win at the new JJB
Stadium. The Tigers, who went into the tie as 16-1 outsiders to win next
month's Old Trafford Grand Final, completed their third victory of the
season over Wigan to clinch a place in the Super League's elimination
semi-final at Leeds next Friday.
Reigning champions Wigan, who last failed to pick up silverware in
1983-84, were denied by a wonderful defensive display from the
Yorkshiremen - and the width of a post! As the Warriors pressed for
victory during a terrific second-half onslaught on the Castleford line,
full-back Kris Radlinski looked to have won the race to Gavin Clinch's
grubber kick only to collide with the upright and fail to ground the ball.
The Tigers made the most of the let-off amid a tense atmosphere to send
their 3,000 travelling fans wild with delight. Castleford, the only side
to complete the League double over Wigan in 1999, tackled their way to a
famous victory but they also had the more astute kicking game, perfectly
illustrated when the skilful Danny Orr created two first-half tries.
Centre Michael Eagar grabbed the first after Jason Robinson, attempting to
palm the ball "dead" following Orr's high kick, succeeded only in popping
it up in the air.
And skipper Adrian Vowles then pounced on the stand-off's slide-rule kick
and beat Danny Moore to the touch after the ball had taken a wicked
deflection off Kris Radlinski. With Orr kicking two goals, the Tigers
enjoyed a deserved 12-6 half-time lead as the Wigan script began to go
The Warriors had made a dream start, when Denis Betts - who had scored the
111th try of his career in the final match at Central Park - raced in for
the first points at the Warriors' new home. That followed a splendid break
by centre Paul Johnson and carried on by Gavin Clinch, but Castleford had
already served notice of their intentions when Brad Davis set up an early
chance for second rower Lee Harland.
Radlinski saved the day for his side on that occasion and was called on to
make a series of last-ditch tackles as the Yorkshiremen opted to use the
full width of the pristine pitch. A couple of penalties from Andy Farrell
early in the second half kept Wigan within striking distance and Betts
would surely have scored a decisive try had he taken Farrell's past with
the line breached. Orr then gave his side breathing space with a timely
penalty after Betts had been penalised for a "flop" on Jason Flowers but
Wigan still had a chance to win it when Radlinski was thwarted by the
Wigan:- Radlinski, Robinson, Gilmour, Johnson,
Moore, Clinch, T Smith, Cowie, M Smith, O'Connor, Cassidy, Betts, Farrell.
Subs:- Goldspink, Chester, Mestrov, Haughton.
Goals: Farrell 3
Castleford:-Flowers, Gay, Maloney, Eager,
Rogers, Orr, Davis, Sampson, Raper, Sykes, Fritz, Harland, Vowles.
Subs:- Tonks, Pickering, Hepi, Wells.
Weather: Warm and overcast
Wigan Man of the Match: Kris Radlinski
1999 JJB Sports Super League Play Offs - Week 1 Results
Friday 17th September 1999
Qualifier: St Helens 38 Leeds Rhinos 14
Sunday 19th September 1999
Eliminator: Wigan Warriors 10 Castleford Tigers 14
1999 JJB Sports Super League Play Offs - Week
Friday 24th September 1999
Eliminator: Leeds Rhinos 16 Castleford Tigers 23
Sunday 26th September 1999
Qualifier: Bradford Bulls 40 St Helens 4
1999 JJB Sports Super League Play Offs - Week
Sunday 3rd October 1999
Final Eliminator: St Helens 36 Castleford Tigers 8
1999 JJB Sports Super League Play Offs -
Grand Final Result
Saturday 9th October 1999
Grand Final: Bradford Bulls 6 St Helens 8