Wigan Warriors maintained their unbeaten start to the season after a hard-fought 22-12 victory over Castleford Togers at the DW Stadium.
Castleford took the lead after 15 minutes, as they went down the short side, and Derrell Olpherts was able to cut back in and score. Paul McShane scored the conversion to open up a six-point lead.
Nine minutes later, Wigan pulled level. A decent break from Jackson Hastings from halfway set the field position. Harry Smith then spotted a gap and was able to get an offload away to Zak Hardaker for the try. Hardaker kicked the conversion.
Castleford edged back in front just past the half-hour, after McShane kicked a penalty from 30m in the centre of the posts. The penalty came after Wigan were punished for holding down.
However, Wigan would hit the front just before half-time, as Bevan French marked his return to the side with a try. Some good hands from the Warriors saw the ball worked out to the left-hand side and French scored in the corner. Hardaker kicked the conversion to open up a four-point lead going into half-time.
Castleford struck first in the second half too. At first, referee Chris Kendall thought Olpherts had been held up after his effort in the corner. However, following consultation with the touch judge, he gave the try. McShane missed the conversion attempt to leave the scores level.
Five minutes later, WIgan retook the lead, as Hastings’ precise kick found the onrushing French to get his second try. Hardaker hit the post with the conversion attempt.
Wigan got the game-deciding try with four minutes to go. Sam Powell went for the line from short range, and managed to get there. Hardaker kicked the conversion to open up a 10-point lead.
Both sides return to league action next week. Wigan host Hull FC next Thursday, while Castleford travel to Salford next Friday.
Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Bevan French, Harry Smith, Jackson Hastings, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Tony Clubb, John Bateman, Morgan Smithies, Oliver Partington.
Subs: Joe Shorrocks, Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne, Ethan Havard.
Head Coach: Adrian Lam.
Castleford Tigers: Niall Evalds, Derrell Olpherts, Peter Mata’utia, Michael Shenton, Greg Eden, Jordan Turner, Jake Trueman, Tyla Hepi, Paul McShane, Liam Watts, Cheyse Blair, Oliver Holmes, Nathan Massey.
Subs: Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Lewis Bienik, Brad Martin.
Head Coach: Daryl Powell.