Super League semi-final: Wigan v Castleford – text & radio

Super League semi-final: Wigan v Castleford – text & radio

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By Phil Cartwright

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  1. Post update

    Wigan 6-0 Castleford

    So this remains the only try scored so far.

    Thomas Leuluai was the man of the match in Wigan’s 2010 Grand Final victory and could be helping his team-mates back to Old Trafford with his 10th-minute score.

    Thomas Leuluai of Wigan Warriors scores his side's first try

    Copyright: Rex Features

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    Wigan 6-0 Castleford

    Better from Castleford.

    A kick by half-back Ben Roberts forces a goal-line dropout and that sparks the voices of their 4,000 supporters into life.

    But then Liam Watts loses it at the first tackle. A chance missed.

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    Wigan 6-0 Castleford

    Castleford are not quite camped near the Wigan try line, but certainly the ball’s been spending more time in the Warriors’ half than the Tigers’ one in the past few minutes.

    Still no points to show for their efforts, though, and it’s hard to recall a moment when they got particularly close to replying to Thomas Leuluai’s opening score.

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    Wigan 6-0 Castleford

    Castleford rob the ball from Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin, who appeared to have stopped play to prevent an obstruction penalty.

    But the Tigers kick early in the tackle count and give possession straight back to Wigan.

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    Wigan 6-0 Castleford

    Castleford’s Luke Gale is using his boot to get the Tigers up the field.

    The past couple of Castleford plays have ended with Gale kicking from halfway into the Wigan 20m.

    Luke Gale


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    Wigan 6-0 Castleford

    From the kick-off, Wigan prop Ben Flower unleashes his inner Martin Offiah, side-stepping Castleford defenders and carrying the ball a good 50 metres before he’s tackled.

    The set comes to nothing, but that opening try has certainly buoyed the hosts.

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    Wigan 6-0 Castleford

    Kevin Brown

    Warrington Wolves half-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    It looked like Dom Manfredi would score the try. It’s a swinging arm, it doesn’t look good on the replay.

    This, in the context of Castleford’s season, is a huge decision by the referee.

    I think Luke Gale is lucky not to at least get a sin-bin.

  8. TRY: Wigan 6-0 Castleford

    Thomas Leuluai, goal Sam Tomkins

    Wigan score the first try and it’s Thomas Leuluai on his 250th appearance for the Warriors.

    The Kiwi half-back crashes over from close range and Sam Tomkins kicks the goal for the extra two points.

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    Wigan 0-0 Castleford

    Nine minutes gone and the first big flare-up of this semi-final.

    Wigan winger Dom Manfredi is involved again – and again he’s on the wrong side of a high shot from a Castleford player.

    This time Luke Gale is the offender and the two sides decide to talk it over for a while – with a few pushes and shoves thrown in.

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    Wigan 0-0 Castleford

    Castleford’s Grant Millington is penalised for a high tackle on Dom Manfredi deep inside Wigan territory. The Warriors make it over halfway but then a George Williams knock-on offers possession back to the visitors.

  11. Keith White: After last night’s game I have a sneaky feeling Cas might just do it tonight. It would be great if they did. A new winner of the GF in the summer era and two teams in the GF whose players were overlooked for the SL Dream Team. Warrington to win the GF of course!

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    Wigan 0-0 Castleford

    Defences are certainly on top in the early stages. It’s shaping up to be a very physical battle.

    Understandably, given what’s at stake, nobody’s attempting any miracle passes or anything like that at this point.

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    Wigan 0-0 Castleford

    One set of six tackles apiece and neither side makes it within 10 metres of the opposition try line.

    Both sets of fans are in fine voice.

  14. Kick-off

    Wigan 0-0 Castleford

    Castleford are being roared on by about 4,000 travelling supporters at the DW Stadium.

    One spot at Old Trafford remains. Wigan or Castleford? Take your pick.

    Ben Thaler is our referee for tonight’s second Super League semi-final.

    The smoke hasn’t cleared from the pre-match pyrotechnics by the time Castleford get the match under way.

  15. Line-ups

    Wigan v Castleford (19:45 BST)

    As the two teams enter the field accompanied by pyrotechnics and tubthumping dance music, here are how they line up…

    Wigan: Tomkins; Manfredi, Gildart, Sarginson, Davies; Williams, Leuluai; Navarette, Powell, Flower, Greenwood, Bateman, O’Loughlin.

    Interchanges: Escare, Sutton, Clubb, Farrell.

    Castleford: Mata’utia; Clare, Wardle, Shenton, Eden; Roberts, Gale; Watts, McShane, Millington, Holmes, McMeeken, Massey.

    Interchanges: Webster, Milner, Sene-Lefao, Clark.

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    Wigan v Castleford (19:45 BST)

    Motivational words at the changing position of Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins, who will play his final home game before joining Catalans Dragons in 2019.

    His first spell with the Warriors ended with a league and cup double in 2013 – just the league will do nicely for Tomkins this time, I’m sure.

    John Bateman and Ryan Sutton are Australia-bound and they’ll also be making their final home outing in cherry and white tonight.

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    Wigan v Castleford (19:45 BST)

    Kevin Brown

    Warrington Wolves half-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    This is a battle of two contrasting teams. Wigan go to that emotional well and have all that physicality in their forward pack, contrasted to Castleford’s cute attacking style that often cuts defences open at will.

    We’re going to get a mouthwatering clash.

    At the top of this page, you’ll find options to listen to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC local radio coverage.

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    Wigan v Castleford (19:45 BST)

    Castleford celebrate

    Copyright: SWPIX.COM

    Castleford have flown under the radar somewhat this season, but it’s been another exceptional year for the Tigers, who are just one win away from Old Trafford.

    Their success wasn’t recognised in the Super League Dream Team that was announced on Monday, with no Castleford players being included in the side.

    Coach Daryl Powell told BBC Radio Leeds: “Some of our players have incredible seasons. Paul McShane and Adam Milner can feel hard done by, but they can use that as motivation.

    “Wigan have a few bits of motivation there with players and a coach going, but we’ve got last year, the Dream Team and lots of bits and pieces to pull on to make sure we’re where we need to be.”

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    Wigan v Castleford (19:45 BST)

    Sean O'Loughlin and Shaun Wane

    Copyright: SWPIX.COM

    Few sportspeople have such an emotional bond with their club as Shaun Wane does with Wigan.

    He is a fabled ex-Wigan player and is soon to be an ex-Wigan coach, having already confirmed his departure at the end of the season.

    Wane, who coached the Warriors to Super League title wins in 2013 and 2016, told BBC Radio Manchester: “I’ve lived in the town all my life, it’s in my blood.

    “Wigan is close to my heart and it would be brilliant to finish off in my last home game with a win to get us to Old Trafford.”

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    Wigan v Castleford (19:45 BST)

    Right then, about 10 minutes to go until kick-off in Wigan.

    Let’s hear from both coaches…

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