Castleford Tigers stormed to their first Super League win of the season by running in seven tries in a stunning 42-14 victory over Wigan Warriors at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Friday.
It was Castleford’s highest score in a Super League match against the Warriors and also the widest winning margin.
But it was marred by the loss of skipper Michael Shenton with a dislocated shoulder two minutes from time.
Another worry for the Tigers was that second-rower Junior Moors sustained a rib cartilage injury
Winger Justin Carney scored two early tries as Castleford built a 22-4 interval lead with a scintillating first-half performance.
Full-back Luke Dorn, whose wife is due to give birth to their second child, marked his first appearance of the campaign with a brilliant solo effort and was involved in several other tries.
Luke Gale, who won the man of the match award, landed seven goals from eight kicks.
His half-back partner Liam Finn and substitute Ben Roberts, who slotted in well at hooker, were also key contributors.
The Tigers were 16-0 up after 13 minutes.
Liam Finn and Luke Dorn set up second minute try for Justin Carney and Dorn then sent in James Clare on the opposite flank.
The Tigers now had their tails up and Carney struck again when he forced his way over for his second try and Gale added his second touchline conversion.
Wigan replied when Josh Charnley went over four minutes later but Castleford finished the half on top, with Dorn finishing a lovely move involving Finn and Gale who tagged on his third goal.
Charnley gave Wigan hope in the 51st minute when he collected his second try but Finn restored Castleford’s 20-point advantage when his kick through rebounded off a Wigan player and back into his arms.
Charnley’s mistake from Finn’s high kick then gave Oliver Holmes a gift try berfore Shenton completed the rout after a superb break by Dorn.
Matty Smith scored a last minute consolation try for Wigan.
Castleford Tigers: Dorn; Clare, Webster, Shenton, Carney; Finn, Gale; Cook, Milner, Millington, Holmes, Moors, Massey. Subs: Roberts, Boyle, Wheeldon, Crossley.
Wigan Warriors: Bowen; Charnley, Gelling, Sarginson, Manfredi; Powell, Smith; Clubb, McIlorum, Mossop, Tonkins, Farrell, Bateman. Subs: Williams, Tautai, Patrick, Greenwood.
Referee: Tim Roby.