Wigan vs Castleford
7:45pm Thursday 12th September
Castleford missed out since Wigan beat them to secure their position 26-8 at the DW Stadium.
For Cas, their season may be over, although the Warriors secured second place at the table together with the win.
They began with Hull ahead of the final fittings and, as a consequence of this loss, will soon be going on holiday on Monday when the Black and Whites beat St Helens on Friday.
Castleford’s early tactics seemed to be to choose Jamie Ellis kicked a penalty, only for George Williams to respond with an attempt for Wigan and whatever they might.
Ellis had the chance to kick off against the Tigers in front but he missed two penalty attempts.
Two tries in the space of three minutes in Zak Hardaker and Joe Greenwood afterward essentially sealed the match for the Warriors and Oliver Gildart inserted the following before Jesse Sene-Lefao found red for disgracefully moving in with all the knees on Oliver Partington.
Morgan Smithies finished the scoring for the Warriors on.
The Tigers dominated the opening 15 minutes and took the lead at the ninth with Ellis.
Jake Trueman has been held inches short for Castleford, while Peter Mata’utia and Paul McShane equally made runs on the center.
Defence turned with Williams stepping past Mike McMeeken tackle to head over to get a 4-2 advantage.
An error in Dan Sarginson gave Castleford ownership 20 metres from Wigan’s line and Ellis went agonisingly close to putting his side in front after Trueman’s kick hit the post and bounced straight back to himbut Hardaker was to clear his lines.
Wigan were finding it difficult to complete their sets of coughing ownership up with Romain Navarrete.
Greenwood made a dangerous speech on McMeeken to let Ellis the opportunity to level the scores, but he also sent his effort wide.
He had the opportunity to redeem himself however, his penalty struck the post as Wigan led 4-2 at the fracture.
Two attempts in three minutes placed Wigan in complete control of this competition. Hardaker took advantage of a mistake in Greg Minikin to get down out of his kick. He also added the extras.
Later Sarginson left a run down the right to put Wigan in a great attacking position, the ball had been sent directly into the left and Greenwood was to touch down in the corner.
Castleford had chances but they could find no way through Wigan defence.
Their task was made harder for moving in with his knees Partington when Sene-Lefao was shipped off.
Hardaker extended Wigan’s lead to 18 points with a punishment while Smithies dropped , until Cheyse Blair scored for Castleford.