Wigan Warriors (9/2 Regular Season Winner) have moved up to second in the Betfred Super League standings after holding off a spirited comeback from 12-man Castleford Tigers at the DW Stadium on Thursday.
Warriors coach Matt Peet had demanded a response from his side following last week’s 28-0 defeat to Catalans Dragons and he got exactly that through early tries from Zak Hardaker (pictured) and Liam Farrell.
Greg Eden responded for Castleford, but the visitors then had Mahe Fonua controversially sin-binned on the stroke of half time for his alleged late challenge on Jai Field, a decision that swung the momentum firmly Wigan’s way.
Tries from Ethan Havard and Field stretched Wigan’s lead while Fonua was in the bin, before Farrell’s second score of the game strengthened the hosts’ grip further.
However, Cas did rally with George Griffin, Jake Trueman and Jake Mamo all crossing, but their hopes of landing just a second Betfred Super League win of the season were ended when Brad Martin was sent off for a high tackle on Willie Isa.
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Tigers coach Lee Radford bemoaned his players’ disciplinary issues after the contest, but he is confident his side, that currently sit second bottom of the standings, can turn their fortunes around (Castleford 33/1 Grand Final Winner).
“I’m not in a fantastic mood at the best of times after losses but the effort, spirit and commitment showed in that game was phenomenal,” Radford said, as per the BBC.
“We saw it second half of last week for periods but ultimately we went down to 12 and after that we were on our haunches.
“It wasn’t meant to be, but if I can get some troops back that are sat in the stands and we show the effort we are doing hopefully we can turn it around.”
There will be two more Betfred Super League matches to take in on Friday, with the 19:30 kick off seeing Catalans welcome Hull KR to Perpignan – the Dragons will be aiming for a fifth-straight win in that one (Catalans 1/6, Hull KR 9/2, Tie 25/1 – Match Winner (80 Mins)).
The 20:00 kick off sees Salford Red Devils, who have lost three matches on the spin, welcome a Leeds Rhinos side to the AJ Bell Stadium that have only won once in the Betfred Super League so far this season (Salford 17/10, Leeds 8/15, Tie 20/1 – Match Winner (80 Mins)).
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