Champions downed by fearless Tigresses

Posted: Sunday 14th April 2019 - 9:44 PM

Wigan Warriors 14-36 Castleford Tigers 

Wigan Tries: Alison Burrows (20), Gemma Walsh (24, 67)

Wigan Goals: Michelle Davis

Castleford Tries: Sinead Peach (8), Tara Stanley (11, 73 and 77) Lacey Owen (30), Georgie Hetherington (35)

Castleford Goals: Tara Stanley x4

Player of the Match: Georgia Roche 

Att. 200 (est.)

A heroic hat-trick from full-back Tara Stanley alongside tries from Sinead Peach, Lacey Owen, Georgie Hetherington and Georgia Roche helped the Tigresses to a famous win away in Wigan. 

The defending Women’s Super League champions came into this game with a point to prove following their opening day defeat against St. Helens. It’s fair to say that the pressure was firmly on the Warriors to bounce back at the first time of asking.  

The home side certainly started strong and got on the board after just two minutes. With the Tigresses conceding a penalty deep in their own half, Michelle Davis took full advantage and kicked the two points. 

However, that lead was short-lived as Sinead Peach tore through the heart of Wigan’s defence to put the Tigers in front just five minutes later. 

The visitors kept up the pressure and soon it was Tara Stanley’s turn to get amongst the tries. Georgia Roche broke away from Wigan’s defence and released Stanley down the left wing. The full-back was simply too fast and went on to touch down with little resistance.

Despite being 12-2 down, Wigan fought back hard and proved why they won the title last season. Two tries in a space of six minutes saw Alison Burrows and Gemma Walsh cross the whitewash to make it a two-point game. 

Cas might have been bruised by those two efforts but they were by no means out. Two quick-fire replies were soon dished out as Lacey Owen and Georgia Roche stamped their names onto the scoresheet just before the half time break.  

The hosts were down by ten points and were intent of making that deficit up. However, as they pushed forward, Castleford exposed an opening and found yet another try courtesy of Georgie Hetherington. 

For the next twenty minutes Wigan continued their pursuit of a comeback without much reward. This was the case until the 67th minute when Walsh claimed her second try of the game. 

Wigan felt empowered by that try and an uneasy atmosphere swamped the Tigers camp. That same feeling was clearly not felt by the players who found a higher gear and ramped two more tries home. 

Tara Stanley came up with both as she completed her hat-trick and sealed a 14-36 victory for the Tigresses. 

The team now moves on to a hugely anticipated game with Deesses Catalanes in Perpignan for the HerRL Trophy on Easter Monday. 

One week after that, Castleford will compete in their first home game of the season when they welcome Leeds Rhinos to the Jungle. 


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