Wigan Warriors 24-22 Castleford Tigers

Friday 10th August 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 1

24-22 FT

HT: 20 0

Official: J Child

Venue: DW Stadium

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Liam Marshall, Gabriel Hamlin, Dan Sarginson, Ryan Sutton,

  • Goals
    Sam Tomkins 2, Morgan Escare 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Jacob Trueman, James Clare, Paul McShane, Mitchell Clark,

  • Goals
    Jamie Ellis 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Wigan remain in pole position to claim a home semi-final as they recorded a hard-fought 24-22 win over Castleford in their Super 8s opener.

The Warriors totally outplayed Castleford in the opening 40 minutes and ran in four unopposed tries in front of next season’s head coach Adrian Lam and Shaun Edwards, who will then be in charge from 2020.

It took just five minutes for Wigan to open the scoring with Liam Marshall going over before Gabe Hamlin extended their lead 10 minutes later. Two more tries from Dan Sarginson and Ryan Sutton put their lead out to 20 points at the interval.

 

It was the Tigers who dominated the second period with Jamie Ellis causing all kinds of problems with his kicking game.

The visitors crossed for four tries thanks to Jake Trueman, James Clare, Paul McShane and Mitch Clark but it was not enough as Sam Tomkins’ late penalty proved to be the difference.

Warriors coach Shaun Wane said: “I was concerned. They are a good team. We just give them too many chances in the second half.

“Bringing Sam (Tomkins) back on changed the game. He did a great job. He had a migraine, so we tried to fix him and get him on a bed. The doctors did a great job getting him back on.”

 

Opposite number Daryl Powell said: “It was frustrating. The first half was unspeakable in lots of ways. You go in at half time and you don’t really know where to start because everything was wrong.

"We needed to flip it and we did that straight away. Why does it need that (poor start) to get a response?

"The scoreboard looks pretty close, but we were way off there in that first half and it is clearly unacceptable.”

  • 80: TRY! scored for Castleford by Mitchell Clark
  • 80: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 75: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 61: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 61: TRY! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 52: TRY! scored for Castleford by James Clare
  • 52: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 50: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare
  • 44: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jacob Trueman
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare
  • 32: TRY! scored for Wigan by Ryan Sutton
  • 28: TRY! scored for Wigan by Dan Sarginson
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 15: TRY! scored for Wigan by Gabriel Hamlin
  • 5: TRY! scored for Wigan by Liam Marshall
  • Key Performers

    Liam Watts

    Tackles: 62

    Mike McMeeken

    Offloads: 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Warriors 4
    Tigers 4

    Goals:

    Warriors 4
    Tigers 3

    METRES:

    Warriors 1149
    Tigers 1091

    CARRIES:

    Warriors 188
    Tigers 176

    TACKLES:

    Warriors 294
    Tigers 355

    OFFLOADS:

    Warriors 5
    Tigers 10

    PENALTIES:

    Warriors 10
    Tigers 11

    BREAKS:

    Warriors 4
    Tigers 8

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ryan Sutton 1 0 21 2 4 1 0 18 126 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Davies 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 13 120 9.23 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dan Sarginson 1 0 10 0 1 1 1 17 115 6.76 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    John Bateman 0 0 27 7 2 5 1 15 100 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Flower 0 0 33 6 5 1 0 12 88 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Joe Greenwood 0 0 27 3 2 4 0 18 85 4.72 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Romain Navarrete 0 0 20 2 1 1 0 13 83 6.38 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    George Williams 0 1 17 2 0 3 4 11 72 6.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Marshall 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 10 69 6.90 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Leuluai 0 0 12 0 6 0 6 11 62 5.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Clubb 0 0 18 2 5 0 0 9 60 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    William Isa 0 0 18 2 6 4 0 7 41 5.86 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Gabriel Hamlin 1 0 15 4 0 2 0 10 41 4.10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Oliver Partington 0 0 23 4 3 0 0 6 33 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Powell 0 1 45 10 3 0 0 8 22 2.75 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Tomkins 0 0 2 0 1 2 3 6 18 3.00 0 0 2 0 2 1 1 0
    Morgan Escare 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 4 14 3.50 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Liam Watts 0 0 62 12 1 4 0 23 127 5.52 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 4
    Greg Eden 0 0 5 0 1 3 0 16 108 6.75 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Shenton 0 0 8 0 0 3 0 14 104 7.43 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 39 6 2 0 0 17 102 6.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 4
    Jake Trueman 1 0 15 0 3 2 5 15 81 5.40 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 8 1 1 3 0 7 81 11.57 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 29 4 3 6 0 13 79 6.08 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Clare 1 0 7 0 0 1 0 10 77 7.70 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 27 5 1 5 0 12 73 6.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Milner 0 0 20 6 4 1 0 9 66 7.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitch Clark 1 0 16 2 1 3 0 6 39 6.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 20 0 2 0 0 7 38 5.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Ellis 0 2 19 3 4 0 4 6 37 6.17 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 17 0 1 1 0 9 36 4.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Joe Wardle 0 0 17 3 1 7 0 9 35 3.89 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kieran Gill 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 1 4 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul McShane 1 1 41 8 3 0 0 2 4 2.00 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1

    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