Wigan Defeat the Tigers

Wigan Defeat the Tigers

Result from the DW Stadium 

Wigan Warriors 40

T - Lauaki 2, Thornley, Farrell, Carmont, S Tomkins 2, Charnley

G - S Tomkins 4/8

Castleford Tigers 16

T - Williams, Holmes, Jones

G - Youngquest 2/3

Match Report

Wigan Warriors completed a Super League double over the Castleford Tigers with a 40-16 success at the DW Stadium on Friday night.

The cherry and whites crossed for eight tries with a brace from prop Epalahame Lauaki in the opening 8 minutes as Wigan raced into a 16-0 lead. Sam Tomkins also crossed for two touchdowns. The home side had enough in the tank to get the two points and extend their lead at the top of the table at least until Sunday when second placed Warrington host Bradford Bulls.

Wigan gave a home debut to new signing Matty Smith and with Sean O’Loughlin sidelined with a hamstring injury, Ben Flower took over at Loose Forward. Castleford were missing the influential half back pairing of Rangi Chase and Jamie Ellis.

It took the home side just three minutes to break the deadlock, the first opportunity deep inside the Tigers half, Wigan kept the ball alive and close to the line Lauaki spun in the tackle to score the try under the posts. Sam Tomkins with an easy conversion, 6-0.

On 7 minutes, the Tongan was in again, Castleford penalised, Wigan given field position and again Lauaki was able to charge over from close range for his second try of the night. Tomkins again added the extras, 12-0.

The tries kept coming and Wigan were in for their third on 12 minutes, this time a great break by Sam Tomkins and his pass sent in Iain Thornley on the left hand side for the touchdown. Tomkins missed the goal, 16-0.

Castleford made their first impact on the game mid-way through the half, an interception by Richard Owen from inside his own half but the full back didn’t have the legs as Sam Tomkins rushed back to make the decisive tackle and the Tigers were unable to take the advantage.

On 28 minutes there was a long break in play, the game held up with an injury to Darrell Goulding, the centre looked to receive a bang off Youngquest’s knee, a complete accident, as a precaution his neck put in brace before he was stretchered off the field.

Wigan conceded a try on the stroke of half time, winger Rhys Williams going over, the visitors doing better after the early Wigan surge, Youngquest hit the goal, 16-6.

In the last move of the half as the hooter sounded Wigan were in for their fourth try, just keeping the ball alive and Liam Farrell at centre in the absence of Goulding went through a gap to score, Tomkins missed the conversion, 20-6 at the break.

Castleford gave themselves a lifeline with their second try six minutes after the interval, Oliver Holmes diving on the ball following a clever grubber kick through, Youngquest added the goal, 20-12.

Wigan needed the next try to maybe calm any nerves and they got it on 53 minutes, George Carmont this time the home try scorer on the left hand side, Sam with the conversion 26-12.

The Warriors could have scored again Hock breaking down the left but unable to take advantage as the Tigers looked stretched.

On 65 minutes Wigan made sure there was no chance of a further fight back from Ian Millward’s men, great hands and this time Sam Tomkins on the end of the move for another try, this time Sam missed the goal, 30-12.

Charnley crossed for his 27th try of the season on 74 minutes after good work by Tomkins, the conversion was missed.

Stuart Jones grabbed a late try for the Tigers, but Wigan scored the last try of the game with seconds remaining through Sam Tomkins, his second of the night which he converted and it ended 40-16.

This may not have been the most majestic of performances but it was professional enough against a steely Castleford side it was an important win with another home game to come next Friday against Hull FC. 

Team News

Wigan Warriors - Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Iain Thornley, Brett Finch, Matty Smith, Epalahame Lauaki, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Ben Flower

Replacements - Jeff Lima, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Dom Crosby

Castleford Tigers - Richard Owen, Rhys Williams, Jordan Thompson, Stuart Jones, Nick Youngquest, Oliver Holmes, Danny Orr, Paul Jackson, Adam Milner, Craig Huby, Steve Snitch, Grant Millington, Jake Emmitt

Replacements - Ryan Hudson, Stephen Nash, Lee Mitchell, Nathan Massey

Referee - George Stokes

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