Warriors Nil Tigers To Book Old Trafford Spot

Wigan continued with their magnificent winning streak in the super 8 competition with a resounding 14-0 victory against a Castleford team who simply made too many errors.

They now play Near neighbours Warrington Wolves in the Grand Final at Old Trafford in their 10th grand final appearance.

Sam Tomkins has been exceptional this year for Wigan and this game was no different as he personified “ class” throughout. Then there was the sheer resilience of a fantastic defensive display from the home team.

This was Shaun wane’s defensive strategy in all its glory and the Tigers were simply unable to cross the try line, despite their flamboyant style of rugby league football.

Kiwi veteran Thomas Leuluai opened the scoring when he somehow burrowed his way through the Castleford defence from close range.

Typical Leuluai on remarkably his 250th appearance for Wigan. With Sam Tomkins adding the conversion and a drop goal the home team were 7-0 up at half time.
Even so a thunderous run by the impressive Ben Flower could have resulted in a bigger deficit for the Tigers, but it was not to be.

It was early into the second half when Tomkins cut through the Castleford defence like a knife through butter. Keeping his body angle low in wet conditions this was a majestic score.

Tomkins, Ryan Sutton, John Bateman are all moving onto pastures new next season but this is a Wigan team with pure passion in their veins.

Wigan controlled much on the second half in a display of gutsy determination and pure physical effort and Castleford perhaps missed the young genius of Jake Trueman a little too much. Luke Gale was mostly neutralised by a tough tacking, no nonsense Wigan pack.
Castleford did try hard with respectable efforts from full back Peter Mata’utia and winger Greg Eden but this was very much a defensive victory for Wigan in wet conditions.
when Adam Milner was penalised at the play the ball in the 65th minute Tomkins converted and it was game over. In reality Wigan’s defence was too strong and Castleford lacked that mid field flair we have become accustomed to this year .
Tomkins added another drop goal before the end and Wigan were deserving winners.

Nine wins on the run for Wigan and “boom” do they look good. They have power, skill and loyalty like most clubs would dream of.
Castleford can be proud with their huge support. 4500 fans is a tremendous effort from a small town club with big time ambitions. They will be back as they have a world class coach and some remarkable supporters
Wigan Warriors: Tomkins; Manfredi, Gildart, Sarginson, Davies; Williams, Leuluai; Navarette, Powell, Flower, Greenwood, Bateman, O'Loughlin.

Interchanges: Escare, Sutton, Clubb, Farrell.

Castleford Tigers: Mata'utia; Clare, Wardle, Shenton, Eden; Roberts, Gale; Watts, McShane, Millington, Holmes, McMeeken, Massey.

Interchanges: Webster, Milner, Sene-Lefao, Clark.


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