Young Tigers Fall In The Grand Final
Posted: Sunday 3rd September 2017 - 4:10 PM
A tough Super League Academy Grand Final saw Castleford Tigers lose 37-12 to Wigan Warriors.
A fantastic season for the young Tigers did not end the way they wanted but everyone at the club would like to congratulate them on what they have done this season.
The Warriors quickly made home field advantage count. James Worthington rose highest for a Josh Woods kick and managed to crawl across the line for the opening score of the game.
Wigan’s lead was quickly extended. Two penalties put the home side right on the Castleford try line. Jack Wells charged onto a short ball from Woods and touched down. Harry Smith just missed his first conversion but made sure with his second attempt to put the Warriors 10-0 ahead.
The Tigers felt their way back into the game over the next 10 minutes with Calum Turner being on the end of a couple of chances. First he looked for Jack Render out wide but the ball went into touch. The next time, Turner provided the final pass for Castleford’s first try as Robbie Storey crashed over after a slick passing move.
Unfortunately Wigan fired straight back as fullback Craig Mullen somehow found an offload just before crossing the sideline to Sam Grant. The winger then managed to spin his way over the try line.
With 10 minutes remaining before half time, the Warriors crossed again as Wells slipped off a would be Tigers tackler to score his second of the game. Smith knocked over the conversion to put Wigan ahead 20-6, which is how it stayed until the break.
The second half started poorly for the Tigers as Pat Diskin was sin binned for a late shot on one of the Wigan players just a couple of minutes after the game restarted.
While the Tigers were down to 12 men, Wigan took advantage. A smart passing move saw Smith break through the Castleford defence before he passed to Josh Ganson who scored underneath the posts.
Castleford were the next to strike. They earned a repeat set as Callum McLelland’s grubber kick was knocked dead for a drop out and from that the Tigers struck. Jacques O’Neill opportunistically jumped out of dummy half and dived over for the try.
Wigan put the game beyond the Tigers around the hour mark as Josh Woods squeezed his way over the try line to put the Warriors 30-12 ahead.
Callum Field crossed right on the hooter to extend the Warriors lead and with Smith’s final conversion the game ended 37-12.
Castleford Tigers: Turner, Sheehan, Storey, Diskin, Render, McLelland, Trueman, Dixon, O’Neill, Goodall, Summers, Johnson, Burns
Castleford Tigers Subs: Million, Ray, Kear, Sweeting
Tigers Try Scorers: Storey, O’Neill
Tigers Conversions: Turner (2/2)
Tigers Sin Bin: Diskin
Wigan Warriors: Mullen, Brown, Worthington, Barran, Grant, Smith, Woods, Field, Ganson, Partington, Wells, Paisley, Casey
Wigan Warriors Subs: Kibula, Byrne, Barnes, Kilner
Warriors Try Scorers: Worthington, Wells (2), Grant, Ganson. Woods, Field
Warriors Conversions: Smith (4/7)
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