Official Match Report
Wigan Warriors remained hot on the heels of Betfred Super League leaders St Helens following a 28-12 victory over fourth-placed Castleford Tigers.
Oliver Gildart crossed twice at the DW Stadium to leave the Warriors two points behind their arch rivals in the table.
Luke Gale and Sam Tomkins traded early penalties before Wigan took control courtesy of tries from Gildart and Liam Farrell.
But Castleford fought back with two quick tries from Oliver Holmes and debutant Garry Lo, reducing the score to 14-12 at half-time.
Yet Wigan came out firing after the interval, Gildart finishing off another break from winger Joe Burgess, George Williams scoring off the back of an excellent Tomkins 40-20 and Tony Clubb barging his way over late on.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane said: “I thought we deserved to win the game, keeping them to no points in the second half was good. They are a class team. They are a very good team.
"I’m happy where we are at, but I still think, and Daryl (Powell) will say the same, there is loads of improvement in them and loads of improvement in us. I’m just happy to get the two points.”
Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: “It was frustrating, I don’t think we showed the best of ourselves.
"I thought Wigan deserved to win, we were always chasing the game a little bit. We got back into it and then conceded that try right after half-time which was a really soft try to concede.
“I just thought we panicked a little bit and made too many errors, even when we did keep the ball we seemed to give penalties away."
|5||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale||0-2|
|12||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins||2-2|
|18||try||Try scored for Wigan by Oliver Gildart||6-2|
|20||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins||8-2|
|25||try||Try scored for Wigan by Liam Farrell||12-2|
|26||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins||14-2|
|33||try||Try scored for Castleford by Oliver Holmes||14-6|
|34||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale||14-8|
|38||try||Try scored for Castleford by Garry Lo||14-12|
|42||try||Try scored for Wigan by Oliver Gildart||18-12|
|58||try||Try scored for Wigan by George Williams||22-12|
|60||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins||24-12|
|76||try||Try scored for Wigan by Tony Clubb||28-12|