Wigan Warriors 20-38 Castleford Tigers

Sunday 17th September 2017
KO: 15:00 - Round: 6

20-38 FT

HT: 0 20

Official: B Thaler

Venue: DW Stadium

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Tom Davies, Sam Tomkins, Thomas Leuluai, Willie Isa,

  • Goals
    George Williams 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Greg Eden, Jacob Trueman 3, Greg Minikin 2, Michael Shenton,

  • Goals
    Paul McShane 5,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Jake Trueman had a full debut to remember as he ran in a hat-trick of tries to make light of the absence of influential half-back Luke Gale to guide Castleford Tigers to a comfortable 38-20 victory at Wigan Warriors.

England international Gale needed emergency surgery to remove his appendix earlier this week which could rule him out for the rest of the season, including the World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, but Trueman ensured he could plug the gap with a wonderful display on his first start for the club.

The 18-year-old had a hand in the opening try of the match with a neat kick which found the hand of Greg Eden to touch down for his 41st try of the season before he ran in three tries in 17 minutes to put Tigers 20-0 ahead at half-time.

Greg Minikin crossed to extend their lead in the 46th minute before Wigan finally got on the scoreboard through winger Tom Davies with Sam Tomkins dotting down shortly afterwards to give the Warriors a glimmer of hope at 26-10.

Thomas Leuluai closed the gap to 10 points when he scooted over from close range but Castleford captain Michael Shenton touched down and a second try for Minkin secured victory for the hosts while Willie Isa scored a consolation for Wigan.

On Trueman, Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: "I thought he was pretty nervous when I told him he would be starting but he's handled it pretty well.

"He looks comfortable and showed a lot of maturity for a young fella today.

"I was really pleased with what he is able to do and clearly you'd be confident putting him out in the field whatever the game because he handled that with assurance today."

Powell added on Gale: "It's still early days. He's not going to play against Hull obviously and he's a big doubt for the semi but we'll check as we go through the next couple of weeks." 

Head coach Shaun Wane, who was paraded before kick-off alongside fellow players from Wigan's victorious 1987 World Club Challenge side, said: "I'm embarrassed that my old team-mates saw that. It was way off the standards of a team I coach.

"It came down to poor attitude. We improved in the second half but too many individuals had off days in our biggest game at the back end of the season.

"It's really disappointing. We now need favours off other teams."

  • 80: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 79: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 76: TRY! scored for Wigan by Willie Isa
  • 70: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 69: TRY! scored for Castleford by Michael Shenton
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 62: TRY! scored for Wigan by Thomas Leuluai
  • 56: GOAL! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 55: TRY! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 53: TRY! scored for Wigan by Tom Davies
  • 46: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 45: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 33: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 32: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jacob Trueman
  • 23: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jacob Trueman
  • 16: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 15: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jacob Trueman
  • 5: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • Key Performers

    Greg Minikin

    Metres 171
    5 5
    Clean Breaks 4

    Jake Trueman

    Tries 3
    5 5

    John Bateman

    Offloads 4
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wigan Warriors 8
    Castleford Tigers 14

    Goals:

    Wigan Warriors 4
    Castleford Tigers 10

    METRES:

    Wigan Warriors 1123
    Castleford Tigers 1177

    CARRIES:

    Wigan Warriors 163
    Castleford Tigers 169

    TACKLES:

    Wigan Warriors 350
    Castleford Tigers 328

    OFFLOADS:

    Wigan Warriors 15
    Castleford Tigers 10

    PENALTIES:

    Wigan Warriors 6
    Castleford Tigers 9

    BREAKS:

    Wigan Warriors 3
    Castleford Tigers 8

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    William Isa 1 0 30 6 1 1 0 8 65 8.13 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Thomas Leuluai 1 0 9 0 2 3 2 8 87 10.88 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Davies 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 15 143 9.53 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Tomkins 1 0 10 1 3 3 1 7 39 5.57 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 26 5 1 0 0 9 66 7.33 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Powell 0 1 31 3 1 0 1 6 32 5.33 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 1
    Ryan Sutton 0 0 18 2 2 0 0 8 54 6.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Joel Tomkins 0 1 15 0 0 0 0 10 44 4.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Farrell 0 0 45 9 0 0 2 17 87 5.12 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
    John Bateman 0 0 38 7 2 6 2 17 129 7.59 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Tony Clubb 0 0 25 4 2 0 0 7 50 7.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike McIlorum 0 0 22 4 1 0 0 1 2 2.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Frank-Paul Nuuausala 0 0 26 4 1 0 0 8 51 6.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    George Williams 0 1 23 2 1 3 4 9 55 6.11 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0
    Joe Burgess 0 0 7 0 3 0 0 5 45 9.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 12 3 1 0 1 14 72 5.14 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Anthony Gelling 0 1 10 1 0 0 1 14 102 7.29 0 2 4 0 0 0 2 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jake Trueman 3 1 10 1 1 4 6 8 45 5.63 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Minikin 2 0 2 0 0 3 0 19 171 9.00 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Shenton 1 0 21 8 3 5 0 7 56 8.00 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Eden 1 0 2 0 1 2 0 9 81 9.00 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Webster 0 1 19 1 0 2 0 10 97 9.70 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Zak Hardaker 0 1 13 1 0 0 2 11 50 4.55 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Paul McShane 0 0 27 1 0 1 1 3 27 9.00 0 2 0 0 5 2 1 2
    Grant Millington 0 1 35 5 0 0 0 15 70 4.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Adam Milner 0 2 30 7 2 0 2 2 11 5.50 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Foster 0 0 32 5 2 0 0 12 60 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 28 5 1 0 0 7 42 6.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 22 2 2 1 0 14 101 7.21 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 25 4 1 0 0 7 47 6.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 26 1 0 2 0 23 149 6.48 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Matthew Cook 0 0 16 0 4 0 0 14 111 7.93 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 16 3 0 0 0 6 51 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Holmes 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 2 8 4.00 0 0 0 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