Castleford Snatch Win Against Warriors


An Ellis drop goal in the last minute of the game took the points for a relieved castleford coach Darryl Powell.
It is fair to say that both sides were depleted due to international call up and injuries and this game was very much a test of squad depth

Wigan took the ascendancy in the first quarter with tries from sam Tomkins and the speed machine Liam marshall with veteran Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e responding and demonstrating what an astute signing even at 33 years of age, he has been .
Tomkins of course remains a quality player and his try demonstrated he still is an elusive and classy operator dummying his way through an awe struck castleford backline before touching down

Marshall’s try was the epitome of speed and quality and if this lad gets in the open few are able to match him .
Early injuries to Dan Sarginson meant Wigan has to re shuffle and the versatile willie isa moved into the centres .

A couple of high balls into the West Yorkshire setting sun had the castleford backs searching for their sun shades, and kiwi international Thomas leuluai was held up over the line after a dropped ball by QLT

With a 12-4 half time lead things were looking good for Wigan, and shaun wane would have been pleased with that first half performance

The tigers however had different ideas with scores from Michael Shenton and Matt Cook and a penalty from Jamie Ellis .There was also a glaring lost opportunity with James green providing a poor pass to junior moors with an open line at his mercy ,

With the tigers down to twelve men with the sin binning of Matt cook for a dangerous tackle on Frenchman Naverette Wigan must have thought this was their opportunity and indeed the rapid response resulted in a Tom Davies score set up by the mercurial Sam Tomkins .

The winner came from a drop goal from Jamie Ellis after two previous attempts , and in a game which could have gone either way there was a sigh of relief in the castleford crowd .
Four defeats in five games for Wigan however and that needs to be reflected upon by Wigan coach Shaun wane if this season is to be the glorious end to his Wigan coaching reign .

Castleford: Laulu-Togagae; Clare, Webster, Shenton, Hitchcox; Ellis, Trueman; Cook, McShane, Massey, Moors, Millington, Maher.

Interchanges: Springer, Green, Clark, Egodo.

Sin bin: Cook (70)

Wigan: Tomkins; Davies, Sarginson, Gildart, Marshall; Woods, Powell; Navarrete, Leuluai, Flower, Paisley, Isa, Hamlin.

Interchanges: Clubb, Tautai, Escare, Field.

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