Wigan 10 Castleford 27
Match report as Wigan Warriors lose 10-27 to Castleford Tigers in the Betfred Super League
Warriors go down to defeat to Tigers at the DW Stadium
- Morgan Escaré with all of Wigan’s points with two tries and a goal
Wigan lost to Castleford at the DW Stadium for the first time in five games.
The Warriors last lost to the Tigers at home back in 2014 but the visitors were worthy winners as they led following a tight opening.
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes the away side scored first through Jake Webster and Luke Gale’s try from the next set and a further penalty saw them race into a 14-0 lead. Morgan Escaré replied for Wigan before the break making it 14-4 to Cas’.
Jesse Sene-Lefao stretched the lead just three minutes into the half and Wigan took a while to recover.
Morgan Escaré added a second try in the 72nd minute and the Warriors threw the ball around at will late-on but one too many passes gifted Greg Eden an interception and the Cas winger killed the game with a 100-metre try, Luke Gale’s drop-goal at the death finished the game.
Liam Farrell made a welcome return for the Warriors after time on the sidelines owing to a calf strain. Joe Bretherton also came in on the bench, the duo taking Oliver Gildart and Romain Navarrete’s places in the team.
Greg Minkin replaced Joel Monaghan after a two-game absence for the Tigers who made a number of positional changes to their pack. Michael Shenton also missed out after withdrawing with a back problem during the warm-up meaning a swift recall for Monaghan.
Wigan looked to take advantage of Castleford’s late team change and had the better of the opening exchanges with Ryan Sutton and Sam Powell both held-up over the line.
Shaun Wane wanted his side to get into an arm-wrestle with the Tigers and they did just that with defences on top in first 20 minutes of the game.
The deadlock was broken in the 24th minute when following a penalty for interference at the play the ball the Tigers decided to run it and Ben Roberts’ delayed pass near the line put Jake Webster over.
No sooner had Wigan kicked off they back behind their posts as Jesse Sene-Lefao offloaded to put Zak Hardaker through up the middle and the supporting Luke Gale finished the 50-metre move. Gale converted both, the first off the post, Wigan 0-12 Castleford.
Back to back penalties for failing to clear the play-the-ball then being offside from marker gave the Tigers another chance and this time Gale added a penalty from in front to extend their lead to 14 points.
Wigan needed to get some form of foothold in the game, they needed the ball first! As soon as they got it they were on the scoresheet as good hands from Tommy Leuluai allowed Morgan Escaré to go over on the angled run. The Frenchman unable to convert his try but Wigan were back at 4-14.
Wigan asked questions right up until the half-time hooter but were unable to close the gap and Cas’ went into the changing rooms with a 14-4 advantage.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors 4–14 Castleford Tigers
Jesse Sene-Lefao was the last man out onto the pitch for the second-half but the Tigers were glad of his presence when three minutes into the half he burst through the middle of the Wigan defence to run 20-metres to score. Gale’s two making it 20-4.
16 points down Wigan looked to cut the Castleford’s advantage and went close when Liam Forysth’s sublime offload just missed its target as Tom Davies looked to dive over.
Defences were on top again as the game continued to be an arm-wrestle but the longer it went on the happier Cas’ became with Wigan growing increasingly frustrated.
The Warriors did close the gap in the 72nd minute when a break down the right put Tom Davies in clear space and the young winger put Escaré over for his and Wigan’s second. The full-back’s conversion closing the gap to ten points at 10-20.
Wigan started to throw the ball around at will late on but one too many passes allowed Greg Eden to break and run 100 metres to score and give the league leaders the two points.
Luke Gale added a one-pointer on the hooter and Castleford were home and hosed.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors 10–27 Castleford Tigers
Wigan Warriors - 10
Tries: Morgan Escaré 2
Goals: Morgan Escaré 1/2
Castleford Tigers - 27
Tries: Jake Webster, Luke Gale, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Greg Eden
Goals Luke Gale 5/5 +1DG
Wigan Warriors: 22. Morgan Escaré, 36. Tom Davies, 32. Liam Forsyth, 20. Willie Isa, 35. Liam Marshall, 6. George Williams, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 16. Sam Powell, 10. Ben Flower, 11.Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 19. Ryan Sutton
Interchange: 15. Tony Clubb, 17. Taulima Tautai, 23. Nick Gregson, 24. Joe Bretherton
Castleford Tigers: 1. Zak Hardaker, 2. Greg Minikin, 3. Jake Webster, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Greg Eden, 16. Ben Roberts, 7. Luke Gale, 14. Nathan Massey, 9. Paul McShane, 18. Matt Cook, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Mike McMeeken, 13. Adam Milner
Interchange 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 17. Junior Moors, 19. Gadwin Springer, 6. Rangi Chase
Referee - Robert Hicks