Castleford Tigers 42 Wigan Warriors 14

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

WIGAN Warriors’ early-season misery continued with a dismal performance that gifted Castleford their first win of the Super League campaign.

The Tigers looked stronger, faster, hungrier right from the off and outscored the visitors by seven tries to three.

Two tries inside the opening five minutes - one on each flank - set the tone for what followed, with wingers Justin Carney and James Clare looking dangerous every time they touched the ball.

Josh Charnley marked his 100th Warriors appearance with the first of a try double, but they trailed 22-4 at the interval with precious little in the way of positives to build on.

Charnley’s second touchdown at the start of the second stanza temporarily raised hopes of a Warriors comeback, with fully half an hour still remaining.

But the home side slammed the door shut with a further 20 unanswered points, Wigan unable to muster anything in the way of a response.

Matty Smith’s score with the last play of the game will have been scant consolation for coach Shaun Wane, who has seen his side win only one of their opening five matches in all competitions.

Warriors: Bowen; Charnley, Gelling, Sarginson, Manfredi; Powell, Smith; Clubb, McIlorum, Mossop, Tomkins, Farrell, Bateman.

Subs: Williams, Tautai, Patrick, Greenwood.

Tigers: Dorn; Clare, Webster, Shenton, Carney; Finn, Gale; Cook, Milner, Millington, Holmes, Moors, Massey.

Subs: Roberts, Boyle, Wheeldon, Crossley.

Referee: Tim Roby

Attendance: 7,772