First Utility Super League: Wigan Warriors cut down Castleford Tigers
Last Updated: 13/06/14 10:39pm
Michael McIlorum: on the scoresheet for Wigan
Wigan Warriors avenged last week's Challenge Cup defeat with a 46-6 Super League victory over a weakened Castleford side at the DW Stadium.
Wigan dominated the opening 40 minutes and ran in four tries, with Dominic Manfredi and Jordan James crossing, in between a sensational interception scorefrom Matty Bowen and youngster Joe Burgess getting in on the act.
Further tries in the second period to Liam Farrell, Michael McIlorum and Burgess saw the Warriors bounce back from two successive defeats in all competitions to claim the points.
Both coaches made a number of changes from the Challenge Cup clash with Wigan coach Shaun Wane resting John Bateman, while Sam Powell was back in the starting line-up - as was Scott Taylor.
Tigers boss Daryl Powell opted to rest a number of players with Andy Lynch, Michael Shenton, Jake Webster, Marc Sneyd and Daryl Clark all missing out, although he did have the luxury of bringing back Justin Carney.
Wigan dominated the opening stages of this contest with Bowen and McIlorum going agonisingly close, while Castleford's only attacking contribution was Carney getting bundled into touch after he used a monster fend on Gelling.
The opening try came moments later when Wigan moved deep into Castleford's half courtesy of a penalty before Matty Smith and Gelling combined to send Manfredi over to score. Smith converted.
Ten minutes later the Warriors had extended their lead with Bowen going nearly the length of the field with an interception try after he read Ashley Gibson's inside ball to perfection. Smith kicked the extras.
Wigan scored two more tries before the half-time break when Jordan James took advantage of space, before the ever impressive O'Loughlin sent Burgess over to score. Smith added one of the goals as the hosts led 22-0 at the break.
The game was over as a contest in the 48th minute when Liam Farrell raced onto a Powell bullet pass to score. Smith's again converted.
The game was flat now and the only sour part on Wigan's behalf was an injury to Ryan Hampshire as he was led from the field clutching his arm.
Wigan's sixth try of the night came in the 64th minute when hooker McIlorum forced his way over from acting half-back for his second try of the season, Smith made it 34-0.
Castleford thought they had grabbed a consolation try 13 minutes from time but the video referee adjudged Kirk Dixon had knocked the ball on in a challenge with Burgess before scoring.
Burgess capped a solid display with his second try of the night as he collected Smith's high kick to the corner, the scrum-half added the extras.
The Tigers did manage to finally cross as Gibson took advantage of a three-man overlap, as for once the visitors had the Wigan defence stretched. Jamie Ellis converted.
However, Wigan had the final say as the superb Gelling did well to get the ball back over his shoulder as he was heading into touch for Manfredi to collect and grab his second try.
Smith converted his seventh goal of the night to conclude the scoring in a 46-6 home success.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves