Castleford Tigers 36-22 Wigan Warriors

Friday 12th August 2016
KO: 20:00 - Round: 2

36-22 FT

HT: 12 6

Official: J Cobb

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Denny Solomona 3, Paul McShane, Ryan Hampshire, Oliver Holmes,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 6,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Sam Powell, Ben Flower, John Bateman, Lee Mossop,

  • Goals
    Matty Smith 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Denny Solomona reached 31 tries for the season with a hat-trick as Castleford Tigers kept alive their dream of a First Utility Super League top-four finish by beating second-placed Wigan Warriors 36-22 at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle.

The league's top try-scorer was clinical as the Tigers claimed their first win in four attempts against the Warriors this season, backing up their stunning victory at league leaders Hull FC and leaving Wigan two points adrift of the summit with five games to play.

The Tigers, unchanged from the side triumphant at the KCOM Stadium, held a deserved 12-6 lead at half-time, courtesy of tries from Solomona and Paul McShane, with Sam Powell replying for Wigan.

Two further scores from Kiwi Solomona plus late tries from Ryan Hampshire and Oliver Holmes - who was later shown a yellow card - clinched the victory, while Ben Flower, John Bateman and Lee Mossop scored for the visitors who at one stage looked set to set up a tense finish.

Luke Gale finished with six goals for the home side and Matty Smith added three for the visitors.

Tigers coach Daryl Powell praised the character of his side, saying: "That’s a big win for us and for a large part of the game we were excellent.

"When Ogi (Oliver Holmes) got sin-binned we got rattled a bit - they got a couple of tries and we were creaking but there was some really desperate defence and we held on.

"We’ve changed our mentality since the Warrington game when we were 18-16 up at half-time and ended up losing because we were blown apart in the second half.

"We talked about that afterwards and made some changes. We can clearly score points but it’s evident that we have to defend better and I was really pleased as, although we conceded 22 points, I thought we were fantastic in defence for large periods."

Wigan coach Shaun Wane added: "We could have (won the game)- we didn’t play that well but still had times where we could have nicked it.

"Our defence started soft but we gripped the game after half-time and went at Castleford but they deserved the win - they were the best team.”

  • 79: TRY! scored for Castleford by Oliver Holmes
  • 77: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 77: TRY! scored for Castleford by Ryan Hampshire
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Matty Smith
  • 65: TRY! scored for Wigan by Lee Mossop
  • 63: TRY! scored for Wigan by John Bateman
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 55: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 50: TRY! scored for Wigan by Ben Flower
  • 50: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Matty Smith
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 47: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Matty Smith
  • 32: TRY! scored for Wigan by Sam Powell
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 26: TRY! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 12: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 8: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • Key Performers

    Grant Millington

    Offloads 5
    5 5

    Denny Solomona

    Tries 3
    5 5

    John Bateman

    Offloads 8
    5 5

    Matthew Smith

    Forty Twenty 1
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Castleford Tigers 6
    Wigan Warriors 4

    Goals:

    Castleford Tigers 6
    Wigan Warriors 3

    METRES:

    Castleford Tigers 1310
    Wigan Warriors 1180

    CARRIES:

    Castleford Tigers 171
    Wigan Warriors 166

    TACKLES:

    Castleford Tigers 302
    Wigan Warriors 316

    OFFLOADS:

    Castleford Tigers 14
    Wigan Warriors 16

    PENALTIES:

    Castleford Tigers 9
    Wigan Warriors 11

    BREAKS:

    Castleford Tigers 7
    Wigan Warriors 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Denny Solomona 3 0 8 0 0 2 0 10 130 13.00 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 1
    Paul McShane 1 0 31 6 4 1 0 8 57 7.13 0 7 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Oliver Holmes 1 0 27 4 3 3 0 11 106 9.64 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Ryan Hampshire 1 0 4 1 0 2 0 3 33 11.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 18 1 1 2 0 9 68 7.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Lee Jewitt 0 0 6 1 1 1 0 4 20 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Grant Millington 0 0 23 2 3 1 0 22 149 6.77 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 15 3 7 7 1 12 88 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Andre Savelio 0 1 30 6 3 4 0 15 124 8.27 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Larne Patrick 0 0 24 2 0 0 0 9 69 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 22 2 2 0 0 3 16 5.33 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 16 2 1 2 0 12 105 8.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Gale 0 2 15 3 6 2 7 12 61 5.08 0 1 1 0 6 2 1 2
    Rangi Chase 0 0 19 2 1 3 4 11 54 4.91 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Minikin 0 0 15 2 5 3 0 11 82 7.45 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Crooks 0 0 23 7 0 3 0 7 69 9.86 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Dorn 0 2 6 0 0 2 0 12 79 6.58 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Sam Powell 1 1 42 6 2 0 0 5 23 4.60 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Ben Flower 1 0 22 4 4 2 0 12 102 8.50 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    John Bateman 1 1 25 7 3 5 0 15 92 6.13 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
    Lee Mossop 1 0 19 7 6 0 0 7 61 8.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Dan Sarginson 0 0 18 3 2 2 0 16 114 7.13 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Anthony Gelling 0 0 5 0 3 2 0 13 117 9.00 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominic Manfredi 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 3 21 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Tomkins 0 1 7 1 2 6 3 12 58 4.83 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Josh Charnley 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 16 145 9.06 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    George Williams 0 0 14 1 1 4 3 17 81 4.76 0 1 3 0 0 0 3 0
    Matthew Smith 0 0 16 3 1 4 5 8 42 5.25 0 0 2 1 3 1 0 1
    Dominic Crosby 0 0 27 6 3 0 0 6 28 4.67 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
    William Isa 0 0 35 11 1 1 0 4 20 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Sutton 0 0 22 2 5 0 0 4 26 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Farrell 0 0 24 6 2 1 0 8 63 7.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 23 4 1 1 0 11 96 8.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Frank-Paul Nuuausala 0 0 16 1 1 2 0 9 91 10.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties