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28th September 2002: Wigan 26 Castleford 14
Posted by Bilko on January 29 2016 - 16:26

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Saturday 28th September 2002
Wigan Warriors 26 Castleford Tigers 14
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Tetley's Super League 7 Elimination Play Off

Kick Off: 6:05pm


- Wigan       - Castleford    
1 Kris Radlinski       5 Darren Rogers    
27 Shaun Briscoe       2 Jon Wells    
4 Gary Connolly       14 Andy Johnson    
14 David Hodgson  T      3 Michael Eagar  T2   
20 Martin Aspinwall       20 Waine Pryce  T   
6 Julian O'Neill       6 Danny Orr    
7 Adrian Lam  T      22 Mark Lennon    
17 Harvey Howard       15 Kyle Warren    
9 Terry Newton       9 Wayne Bartrim    G 
10 Craig Smith       17 Andy Lynch    
26 Danny Tickle  T      23 Michael Smith    
12 Dave Furner  T      12 Dale Fritz    
13 Andy Farrell    G5    13 Ryan Hudson    
18 Mark Smith       4 Barrie-Jon Mather    
19 Stephen Wild       8 Nathan Sykes    
21 Ricky Bibey       11 Lee Harland    
24 Danny Sculthorpe       25 Tom Saxton    


Andy Farrell dragged himself off his sick bed to lead his side to victory over a passionate Castleford side in the knock-out Super League play-off series.

The injury ravaged Wigan side withstood a tremendous fight back from the Tigers to win the gripping game at the JJB Stadium.

Coach Stuart Raper explained that Farrell was suffering from flu like symptoms and had spent most of today and yesterday in bed. He was said to be shaking and shivering after the game and extremely pale.

Wigan booked themselves a Friday night date at the JJB with the in-form Leeds Rhinos. The winner of that game will earn the right to take on st Helens or Bradford away.

As in the previous nights play-off game between Leeds and Hull, the eventual losing side were by far the stronger in the opening minutes. But Castleford have not beaten the Warriors since their famous play-off triumph of 1999, when Stuart Raper was in charge.

The visitors did take a fourth-minute lead with a try from speedy winger Waine Pryce but excellent work from Adrian Lam and David Hodgson soon changed the score line to 12-4 in Wigan's favour.

Andy Farrell, back on kicking duty after his run of leg injuries was on the mark with both conversions.

In reflection of Wigan's horrendous season for injuries they were without Terry O'Connor, Brian Carney, Brett Dallas, Jamie Ainscough, Paul Johnson, Sean O'Loughlin and Mick Cassidy.

Castleford missed Mitch Healy who was forced to withdraw with a back injury, but they had their chances. Darren Rogers had a try disallowed by the video referee to the dismay of coach Graham Steadman.

Wigan extended their lead on 50 minutes with a fortunate move. Kris Radlinski stuck a leg out at an Adrian Lam pass and Danny Tickle touch down the ball in the in goal area.

Furner compounded the Tigers' misery by going over for the clinching try in the 70th minute.

03mins:38 Wigan 00 Castleford 04 Try: Waine Pryce
- Wigan 00 Castleford 04 W.Bartrim Missed Conversion
12mins:21 Wigan 04 Castleford 04 Try: Adrian Lam
- Wigan 06 Castleford 04 Conversion: Andy Farrell
15mins:46 Wigan 10 Castleford 04 Try: David Hodgson
- Wigan 12 Castleford 04 Conversion: Andy Farrell
25mins:03 Wigan 12 Castleford 08 Try: Michael Eagar
- Wigan 12 Castleford 10 Conversion: Wayne Bartrim
32mins:27 Wigan 14 Castleford 10 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
Half Time Wigan Warriors 14 Castleford Tigers 10
50mins:23 Wigan 18 Castleford 10 Try: Danny Tickle
- Wigan 20 Castleford 10 Conversion: Andy Farrell
70mins:13 Wigan 24 Castleford 10 Try: Dave Furner
- Wigan 26 Castleford 10 Conversion: Andy Farrell
73mins:47 Wigan 26 Castleford 14 Try: Michael Eagar (2)
- Wigan 26 Castleford 14 W.Bartrim Missed Conversion
Full Time Wigan Warriors 26 Castleford Tigers 14

Steve Ganson (St Helens)




2002 Super League Play Offs - Week 1

Friday 27th September 2002
Eliminator: Leeds Rhinos 36 Hull FC 22

Saturday 29th September 2002
Eliminator: Wigan Warriors 26 Castleford Tigers 14

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