Castleford Tigers Ousted by Wigan Warriors in Challenge Cup Upset

Castleford Tigers Suffer Humiliating Challenge Cup Exit at the Hands of Dominant Wigan Warriors

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In a lopsided affair at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, the Castleford Tigers crashed out of the Challenge Cup after a resounding 60-6 defeat against the Wigan Warriors. The loss was a massive disappointment for head coach Craig Lingard and his injury-ravaged side, who were simply outclassed by their high-flying opponents.

Wigan’s Dominant Display

Despite Castleford’s lengthy injury list forcing them to hand a debut to Daniel Hindmarsh-Takyi, Wigan were able to field a near full-strength team and wasted no time asserting their dominance. Liam Marshall opened the floodgates with an early try, sparking a remarkable 28-0 lead for the Warriors by the 25-minute mark.

Castleford’s Solitary Score

Though Castleford managed to avoid a whitewash with an Innes Senior score before halftime, the second half was a one-sided affair. Wigan ran in a further seven tries, with Marshall bagging four and Abbas Miski adding a brace, to seal a comfortable victory and book their place in the semi-finals against Hull KR.

Lingard’s Harsh Assessment

Lingard did not mince his words in the aftermath, bluntly stating that there were no positives to take from the game.

“If there is ever a game that shows the difference between the top of the Super League and the bottom of the Super League, that would be it,” he said. “Wigan were outstanding and we were very, very ordinary.”

The Castleford boss lamented his side’s lack of defensive intent, explaining that too many one-on-one tackles were missed, allowing Wigan to run riot. Even the lengthy injury list could not be used as an excuse, with Lingard insisting that “there’s ways to win games, ways to lose games and that certainly wasn’t a way to lose a game for us today.”

Rematch on the Horizon

With Wigan now enjoying a nine-game winning streak over the Tigers, the two sides will meet again on Friday at the DW Stadium. Lingard will be hoping for a drastic turnaround in form as his team look to bounce back from this humiliating defeat.

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