Wigan Warriors 6 Castleford Tigers 4: We were unlucky not to get something – Daryl Powell

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell felt his side deserved something from the game after this narrow loss at Wigan Warriors.

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell.

The Tigers led 4-0 at the break thanks to two Peter Mata’utia penalties in a less than thrilling half with very few chances.

Castleford dominated the opening stages without creating too many chances as Wigan struggled to launch any attacks of their own.

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The only try of the game came after 53 minutes when Sam Powell decided to go from dummy half and caught the Tigers defence napping to make it back-to-back wins for the defending champions

Tigers coach Powell said: “I thought we were the better team to be honest with you. We couldn’t quite take our opportunities. We got Peter Mata’utia through and the ball gets dislodged. I thought that chance was good at the end if he could get the ball to James Clare.

“I thought we were really unlucky. I was really proud of the effort and we defended outstandingly well. I thought our attitude was great, we’ve got a bit of something to work with when you know the boys are working that hard.”

Powell revealed he was happy with the performance of referee Chris Kendall in a week that has seen the RFL change some rules in order to clean up the ruck.

He added: “I thought the ruck was a lot better today. I thought he handled the ruck well. I reckon there were five or six there today which would have been played into the back of someone on the floor. I thought the game benefited because of it so I was pleased with it, the game was a lot cleaner.”

Wigan coach Adrian Lam was pleased with his side’s defence.

Lam said: “I woke up really happy with the way we were going to play, but the conditions sort of flattened that out completely and levelled the game.

“The confidence I had got zapped, but if I’d been told we’d win 6-4 then I would have taken it.

“We’ve certainly turned the corner on the back of their hunger.”

Wigan: Hardaker, Marshall, Hankinson, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, J. Shorrocks, Flower, Leuluai, Bullock, Isa, Greenwood, Partington. Substitutes: Powell, O’Loughlin, Tautai, Smithies.

Castleford: Mata’utia, Clare, Minikin, Egodo, Eden, Ashton, Trueman, Watts, McShane, Maher, Clarkson, McMeeken, Massey. Substitutes: Milner, Clark, Peachey, Smith.

Referee: C Kendall (RFL)