Wigan Warriors 14-0 Castleford Tigers

Friday 5th October 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: Semi Final 2

14-0 FT

HT: 7 0

Attendance: 13,461

Official: B Thaler

Venue: DW Stadium

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Thomas Leuluai, Sam Tomkins,

  • Goals
    Sam Tomkins 2,

  • Drop Goals
    Sam Tomkins 2,

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Wigan Warriors produced all the defensive qualities instilled in them by outgoing coach Shaun Wane to clinch a 10th Betfred Super League Grand Final appearance.

A 14-0 semi-final win over Castleford Tigers ensured a fitting finale for their long-serving coach, as well as departing players Sam Tomkins, John Bateman and Ryan Sutton, who will all bring their Wigan careers to a close against Warrington Wolves in next Saturday’s Grand Final.

Second rower Joe Greenwood was held up over the line early on but there was no stopping scrum-half Thomas Leuluai when he burrowed his way over for the opening try on his 250th appearance for Wigan in the 11th minute.

Tomkins added the conversion and, after failing with a long-range penalty, slotted a drop goal a minute before half-time to complete the scoring in an error-strewn first half.

Wigan extended their lead early in the second half when Tomkins got on the outside of Luke Gale and used the greasy turf to slide over at the corner.

Tomkins’ failure to add the conversion kept Castleford in the game and full-back Peter Mata’utia did his best to inject life into their lethargic attack but they lacked composure at the crucial times and Wigan’s gritty defence did the rest.

Tomkins put his side two scores in front with a 65th-minute penalty before fittingly wrapping up the scoring in the final minute with his second drop goal.

Wigan coach Wane said: “I don't cry very often but I did out there. It's emotional, it’s been tough the last few weeks.

“I definitely didn’t want to finish tonight, I wanted to finish next week, that’s why we didn’t celebrate that much tonight, the job is not done.”

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "I’m hugely disappointed. I just thought we made too many errors.

“We needed our boys to have their best games of the season and we didn’t get that from enough players."

  • 80: Goal scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 73: Interchange On for Wigan, Morgan Escare On
  • 73: Interchange Off for Wigan, Thomas Leuluai Off
  • 64: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 48: TRY! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 40: Goal scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 12: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 11: TRY! scored for Wigan by Thomas Leuluai
  • Key Performers

    Paul McShane

    Tackles 57
    5 5

    Peter Mata'utia

    Metres 166
    5 5
    Offloads 4

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wigan Warriors 4
    Castleford Tigers 0

    Goals:

    Wigan Warriors 4
    Castleford Tigers 0

    METRES:

    Wigan Warriors 1289
    Castleford Tigers 1207

    CARRIES:

    Wigan Warriors 202
    Castleford Tigers 177

    TACKLES:

    Wigan Warriors 303
    Castleford Tigers 370

    OFFLOADS:

    Wigan Warriors 7
    Castleford Tigers 11

    PENALTIES:

    Wigan Warriors 4
    Castleford Tigers 9

    BREAKS:

    Wigan Warriors 7
    Castleford Tigers 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Thomas Leuluai 1 1 10 0 2 1 0 6 26 4.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Tomkins 1 0 9 1 2 4 1 9 39 4.33 1 1 1 0 2 2 0 0
    Morgan Escare 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 19 4.75 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Sutton 0 0 29 8 1 3 0 15 92 6.13 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Liam Farrell 0 0 34 6 3 2 0 18 120 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tony Clubb 0 0 12 2 2 1 0 5 42 8.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 0 18 5 2 2 0 16 68 4.25 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Greenwood 0 0 33 8 3 2 0 10 64 6.40 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    John Bateman 0 0 34 7 2 8 1 21 140 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Ben Flower 0 0 19 4 3 3 0 12 104 8.67 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Powell 0 1 41 6 5 0 2 2 10 5.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Romain Navarrete 0 0 15 1 1 0 0 10 72 7.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Williams 0 0 16 0 3 11 2 12 120 10.00 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Dominic Manfredi 0 0 4 0 0 10 0 16 104 6.50 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 16 1 4 3 0 12 69 5.75 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Dan Sarginson 0 0 12 2 1 1 0 16 92 5.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Davies 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 18 108 6.00 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Michael Shenton 0 0 13 3 3 0 0 19 100 5.26 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Wardle 0 0 13 1 1 0 0 6 50 8.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    James Clare 0 0 4 0 2 1 0 13 91 7.00 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Peter Mata'utia 0 0 5 0 3 5 1 21 166 7.90 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Greg Eden 0 0 1 0 1 5 2 17 119 7.00 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Roberts 0 0 23 3 3 4 2 5 50 10.00 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Gale 0 0 14 2 11 2 7 7 27 3.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Liam Watts 0 0 50 16 4 2 0 18 124 6.89 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1
    Paul McShane 0 0 57 15 2 1 0 4 30 7.50 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Grant Millington 0 0 34 4 1 1 0 14 78 5.57 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 34 6 3 1 0 5 29 5.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 32 2 5 0 0 14 98 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 28 4 4 1 0 8 43 5.38 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 5 0 3 2 0 4 33 8.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 25 3 4 5 0 8 55 6.88 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 3
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 24 7 1 3 0 9 64 7.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Mitch Clark 0 0 8 1 0 1 0 5 50 10.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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