Wigan Hold Off Tigers Fightback


Wigan Warriors survived by the skin of their teeth in this tense encounter against the Castleford Tigers, and watching coaches Shaun Edwards and Adrian Lam will reflect on the fact that there is much work to do to return this club to their previous glories.

After taking a 20-0 lead the game appeared to be “ in the bag” when Wigan took the peddle off the gas. Scores from Liam Marshall, Gabe Hamlin, Dan Sarginson and Ryan Sutton put Wigan firmly in the driving seat against a Castleford team who simply offered no significant challenge , in the opening half.

The first score from Marshall came from a superb George Williams kick. This was followed ten minutes later when the ever improving Gene Hamlin barged his way over with,Tomkins converting .

After Castleford’s Joe Wardle missed out on a video refereeing decision ,Wigan’s Dan Sarginson showed a nice dummy on 27 minutes, with Frenchman Morgan Escare failing with the conversion to leave the scores at 14-0.

Exciting youngster Ollie Partington made his debut for the home team and shortly after it was his colleague Ryan Sutton following up a Thomas leuluai kick who was next on the score sheet. With Escare’s conversion Wigan were 20-0 up and looking like certain victors.

Within a few minutes of the second half the exciting Jacob Trueman pulled back four points.Although Jamie Ellis was wide with the kick the fight back had started.

Castleford coach , Darryl Powell will have been looking for some fighting spirit, and after an Escare penalty for Wigan he got just that. Tigers winger James Clare climbed  high from a kick and with the conversion the points margin was down to ten points.

Paul McShane was to follow up on the 61st minute, and with Ellis converting it was “ game on” at 22-16.

Wigan stretched the lead by two after a high tackle on Joe Greenwood but Castleford were still chasing hard and Mitch Clarke scored in the final seconds with Ellis converting.

At 24-22 it was a narrow victory to Wigan and coach Shaun Wane will have heaved a huge sigh of relief .

It’s still all on for both teams as we head towards the end of seasons spoils and Grand Final glory and neither team can be ruled out

Wigan: Tomkins; Davies, Isa, Sarginson, L. Marshall; Williams, Leuluai; Navarrete, Powell, Flower, Greenwood, Bateman, Hamlin.

Replacements: Escare, Clubb, Sutton, Partington.

Castleford: Eden; Gill, Wardle, Shenton, Clare; Ellis, Trueman; Watts, McShane, Sene-Lefao, Holmes, McMeeken, Massey.

Replacements: Webster, Moors, Milner, Clark.

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