- Match Report as Wigan Warriors scored 10 tries to defeat against Castleford Tigers.
- Abbas Miski crossed five times as the Warriors continued to build momentum with a seventh straight Super League win.
- FT | Wigan Warriors 48-6 Castleford Tigers.
Abbas Miski scored four first half tries as Wigan ran in five in the opening half to build-up a well-earned 22-6 lead going into the break.
The Warriors added five second half tries to remain at the top of the Super League table heading into the final round of the season.
Castleford threatened first as Jack Broadbent broke down the right edge but great defensive work from Jai Field saw the Tigers centre throw a pass to ground which Nsemba pounced on.
Wigan soon struck though as Abbas Miski scored two tries in four minutes. The first saw Wigan work it well to the right wing for Miski to dive over, with the second seeing Bevan French fire a crossfield kick which Miski collected in the air to go over. Smith converted the first of the two efforts to see Wigan at 10-0 in as many minutes.
Wigan added a third in the 16th minute as Jai Field drew in the defence before firing a pass to Marshall on the wing who passed back inside to Jake Wardle to ease over. The effort couldn’t be converted from the touchline but Wigan had the 14-0 advantage.
Castleford were gifted field possession as Wigan knocked the ball on, allowing them a scrum from 20m out. The Tigers shipped the ball out wide to see Qareqare over in the left corner, which Blake Austin converted for 14-6.
Abbas Miski recorded a first half hat-trick on the half hour as Wigan once again shifted the ball well to the right edge, Toby King had space but sent his winger clear to score in the corner. Harry Smith couldn’t add the extras from the touchline as the scoreline stood at 18-6 in Wigan’s favour.
Wigan rounded off the opening half as Abbas Miski, once again, dived in at the right corner to send Wigan in with a 22-6 lead.
The Warriors introduced Ryan Hampshire off the bench for the start of the second half, and the Warriors added a sixth try two minutes in when Patrick Mago perfectly set up Powell to crash over beneath the sticks. Hampshire extended the lead from the tee.
A seventh try was added minutes later when, after Field initially broke the line to take the Warriors 30m out, French played a short ball to Pearce-Paul who powered over to make the score 32-6.
Castleford were momentarily reduced to 12-men on the hour when Blake Austin was shown yellow for a dangerous tackle on Junior Nsemba. The Warriors took advantage as Field danced his way around tackles before diving over, as Hampshire added the extras.
The Warriors widened the points difference in the final 10 minutes when French picked up a loose ball on halfway before he accelerated away from the final defender to score under the posts. Hampshire added the extras to make the score 44-6.
Miski added his fifth try in the closing minutes when King once more picked the winger out metres out. The kick was missed as the Warriors recorded a 48-6 win.
Wigan Warriors: Jai Field, Abbas Miski, Toby King, Jake Wardle, Liam Marshall, Bevan French, Harry Smith, Kaide Ellis, Sam Powell, Tyler Dupree, Kai Pearce-Paul, Junior Nsemba, Morgan Smithies.
Interchange: Joe Shorrocks, Patrick Mago, Harvie Hill, Ryan Hampshire.
18th Player: Cade Cust.
Tries: Miski (5′, 9′, 32′, 39′, 78′), Wardle (16′), Powell (42′), Pearce-Paul (44′), Field (59′), French (71′).
Goals: Smith 1/5, Hampshire 3/5.
Castleford Tigers: Greg Eden, Elliot Wallis, Jack Broadbent, Jordan Turner, Balami Qareqare, Blake Austin, Jacob Miller, Liam Watts, Liam Horne, Muizz Mustapha, George Lawler, Alex Mellor, Sam Hall.
Interchange: Jordan Johnstone, George Griffin, Brad Martin, Nathan Massey.
18th Player: Suaia Matagi.
Tries: Qareqare (21′)
Goals: Austin 1/1
Referee: Chris Kendall.