Wigan Warriors Women lose against Castleford Tigers Women at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in the Women’s Super League Semi-Final.
Full-time: Castleford Tigers Women 34-4 Wigan Warriors Women.
- Georgia Wilson with the only try for the Warriors.
Wigan Warriors Women were denied the chance to defend their Women’s Super League title as they were beaten by a ruthless Castleford Tigers side on Sunday afternoon.
Georgia Wilson crossed for the only score from Kris Ratcliffe’s side at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, as Castleford increased their bid for a second piece of silverware in 2019, running in seven tries.
It was a bright opening at the Jungle, as Maisie Lumb spilled the ball inside her own half to give Wigan some promising field position. The Warriors went on the attack but Rebecca Greenfield lost the ball in the tackle.
The visitors had the best opportunity moments later, this time Amanda Sibbald and Rachel Thompson linked up well to send Greenfield away and the full-back went agonisingly close, but the ball fell away from her grasp over the line and it remained 0-0.
Castleford went over for the first score of the game after 12 minutes. Wigan lost the ball to give the home side possession back and they took it to their advantage. The Tigers created an overlap on the right for Tara Stanley to dive in at the corner post. The full-back couldn’t convert her own effort but her side had the 4-0 lead.
Wigan found themselves under pressure once more as a big kick on the last from Castleford forced their opposition to make an error, and Lumb made it 8-0 on the right wing. Stanley was unable to add the extras.
Stanley added her second of the game as she latched onto a cross-field kick from Georgia Roche to get the ball down, and her first successful conversion of the afternoon took the hosts to 14-0.
That was before Wigan crossed the whitewash to cut the deficit. Sarah Harrison made a break on the short side to find Thompson who fired a ball out wide for Wilson to go over and make it 14-4 at the break.
Castleford extended their lead further with two tries in 10 minutes of the second half. The first saw Sinead Peach dart over from dummy-half to touch down under the uprights, before Frankie Townend powered over. Both efforts were converted with ease from Stanley to put the league leaders out to 26-4.
The Tigers completed their rout as Lumb grabbed her second before Tamzin Renouf crashed over on the right wing to make it 34-4 - a victory that sent Castleford to the Betfred Super League Women’s Grand Final.
Castleford Tigers Women: Tara Stanley, Maisie Lumb, Lucy Eastwood, Kelsey Gentles, Shona Hoyle, Georgia Roche, Jasmine Cudjoe, Emma Lumley, Sinead Peach, Grace Field, Hollie Dodd, Lacey Owen, Rhiannion Marshall.
Interchanges: Sammy Watts, Frankie Townend, Tamzin Renouf, Emma Slowe.
Tries: Stanley (2), Lumb (2), Peach, Townend, Renouf
Goals: Stanley (3/5), Roche (0/2)
Wigan Warriors Women: Rebecca Greenfield, Megan Grace Holding, Vanessa Temple, Hayley Martinus, Georgia Wilson, Rachel Thompson, Charlotte Foley, Jade Gregory-Haselden, Carys Marsh, Holly Speakman, Amanda Sibbald, Emily Baggaley, Victoria Molyneux.
Interchanges: Sarah Harrison, Lucy Baggaley, Megan Bragg, Eleanor Dainty.
Goals: Wilson (0/1)