Young Tigers Tumble To Wigan
Posted: Monday 8th April 2019 - 9:30 AM
Table-toppers Wigan Warriors put Castleford’s U19s to the sword on Saturday, demolishing the Tigers 66-4 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
It was a sobering afternoon for the youngsters, as Wigan flexed their muscles in impressive style. The Warriors ran in eleven tries to the Tigers’ one, condemning Tony Smith’s side to their fifth defeat of the season.
Back-rower Harry Rushton was arguably the star for Wigan, scoring four tries on a day where the Warriors were rampant.
The game was scoreless after ten minutes, and the early stages looked relatively promising from a Castleford perspective, with the Tigers enjoying a fair amount of possession within the visitors’ half. However, the black and amber weren’t clinical enough, and were soon made to pay.
Rushton barged over for the first, and he was quickly followed by Umyla Hanley – who scored a try befitting of his legendary surname.
Wigan began racking up a point per minute as the floodgates opened and the Tigers looked all at sea, barely creating a meaningful opportunity until the half-hour mark.
When the chance did come, it was taken with open arms by Lewis Carr, who dived in at the corner. However, any hopes of replicating the first team’s Friday night heroics were quickly extinguished.
The Warriors ran in two more tries before the break, giving them an insurmountable 32-point lead at the midway stage.
Rushton added his second just two minutes into the second half, but the Tigers’ defence did stiffen up in retaliation – if only for quarter of an hour.
During this spell, the Tigers held the Warriors and looked to put something together themselves. No points came though, as Wigan showcased their champion credentials with a defensive stand.
The biggest flashpoint of the half – and the game, in truth – came in the 55th minute as an incident in the middle of the park sparked into a mass brawl involving all 26 players.
Punches were thrown by both sides as the officials struggled to contain the outbreak, and it was several minutes before things calmed down. The Tigers ended up receiving the penalty, while both sides saw a man sent to the sin bin – Ritchie Westwood, in Castleford’s case.
With one of their creative players off the field, the likelihood of the Tigers adding to their total reduced even further, and the final section of the game was a tough watch from a Castleford point of view.
Two tries in five minutes from Rushton brought his overall tally to four, and the procession continued as Reece Hamlett got in on the act.
Wigan finished things off with a Max Roberts score five minutes from time, converted by Joe Shorrocks, who secured Wigan’s remarkable record of eleven goals from eleven attempts on the afternoon.
An exceptional performance from the Warriors, which means Castleford’s wait for a win in 2019 goes on for at least one more week.
Full Time: Castleford Tigers U19 4-66 Wigan Warriors U19
Castleford Tigers U19
Priest, Bean, Graham, Storey, Carr, Sweeting, Westwood, Peachey, Jinks, Hall, Collinson, Bull, Summers
North, Dobson, Mitchell, Jowett
Conversions: Sweeting (0/1)
*Match report by Ross Williams
*Photo courtesy of Melanie Allatt Photography
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