Match report as Wigan Women fall to defeat against Castleford Tigers Women
FT | Wigan Women 14 -36 Castleford Tigers Women
- Tries from Burrows and Walsh (2) for the Warriors Women
Wigan Warriors Women lost their second outing of the season, as Castleford Tigers ran in seven tries on the afternoon, to prove too much for the Cherry & Whites.
Castleford Tigers proved to be tricky customers in 2018, having been the only club not to be beaten by the Warriors following a draw early in the Season at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and Castleford getting a hard fought win in the return leg at Robin Park Arena. Wigan hoped to overturn that statistic as the two sides faced once again, but the Tigers were too strong on the day.
Wigan made an encouraging start to the game, eating up yards to get into Castleford territory before winning a penalty deep inside the visitors half, Michelle Davis stepped up for the effort from the tee and was spot on from close range to give Wigan the early 2-0 advantage. Castleford soon hit back though, as Sinead Peach worked her way over after 8 minutes, Tara Stanley adding the extras to put the Tigers noses in front at 6-2.
Castleford extended their lead just moments later, this time Tara Stanley latching onto a pass out on the left from Georgia Roche to race away and touch down, the full-back converting her own effort for 12-2 to the visitors. Wigan turned on the pressure though, having had a large spell pressing the Castleford Line. The Warriors persistence was to pay off, as good passing saw Alison Burrows go over for her second in two matches on her unusual territory of the right wing, the conversion attempt was missed but Wigan were back in reach at 12-6 to the Tigers.
The Warriors had found their rhythm then, Gemma Walsh crashing over in the 25th minute to peg Castleford back again. This time the Tigers coughing up the ball, for Wigan to take advantage and score out on the left, the conversion attempt was wide but Wigan had pegged the Tigers back to 12-10. The visitors were keen to maintain their lead though, as Claire Garner fired a pass out to Lacey Owen who went in at the corner, Tara Stanley missing from the boot but Castleford were back up to 16-10. Georgia Roche had the last say of the first forty, as the youngster went over for the visitors to extend their lead to 20-10 at the half-time hooter.
The Warriors were in need of an early score in the second period to put the pressure back on Castleford, but it was the visitors who were next to score, this time Georgie Hetherington going over the whitewash to make it 24-10. Gemma Walsh handed Wigan a lifeline in the 66th minute, going over for her second of the afternoon, the conversion was missed leaving it 24-14 to Castleford with the minutes counting down.
The Tigers had enough in the tank though, and full-back Tara Stanley got her second of the afternoon, before rounding off proceedings to complete a hat-trick of tries before the full-time hooter to put the Tigers to 36-14, giving the visitors the win on the day.
Full Time: Wigan Warriors Women 14-36 Castleford Tigers Women
Wigan Women Starting Line Up: Rebecca Greenfield, Megan Grace-Holding, Georgia Wilson, Alison Burrows, Michelle Davis, Gemma Walsh, Sarah Harrison, Holly Speakman, Carys Marsh, Hannah Goodburn, Amanda Sibbald, Vanessa Temple, Rachel Thompson
Wigan Women Interchanges: Natalie Watson, Jade Gregory-Haselden, Gemma Hennessey, Emily Baggaley.
Tries: Burrows, Walsh (2)
Goals: Davis 1/4
Castleford Tigers Women Starting Line Up: Tara Stanley, Esme Reynolds, Georgie Hetherington, Kelsey Gentles, Courtney Pointon, Georgia Roche, Claire Garner, Emma Lumley, Sinead Peach, Grace Field, Tamzin Renouf, Lacey Owen, Rhiannion Marshall
Castleford Tigers Women Interchanges: Olivia Grace, Sam Jordan, Kirsty Higo, Katy Tordoff
Tries: Peach, Stanley (3), Owen, Roche, Hetherington
Goals: Stanley 4/7
The Warriors face York City Knights away in the next round of the Women’s Super League on Sunday 28th April, 2pm kick off at York St John’s University.