Rampant Tigers make statement with win at out-of-sorts Wigan

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The inspirational Luke Gale scored 15 points and Greg Eden added yet another try as Super League leaders Castleford Tigers made a huge statement by beating defending champions Wigan Warriors 27-10 at the DW Stadium.

Gale scored a hat-trick in a 52-16 rout of Huddersfield Giants last Friday and the lively England scrum-half added another try in the first half six days later, along with 11 points from the tee for a Tigers side that have now won seven Super League games out of eight.

Daryl Powell's men were outstanding in defence and clinical in attack to go two points clear at the top of the table, with Super League's leading try-scorer Eden adding their fourth try - and his 11th of the season - in the closing stages.

The Tigers led 14-4 at the break courtesy of a Jake Webster score and another from Gale, his ninth of the season in Super League this year, after a great break from Zak Hardaker in his 200th career appearance.

Gale converted both four-pointers and added a penalty before Morgan Escare surged over to give the World Club champions hope late in the first half.

But Jesse Sene-Lefao powered his way through some poor attempted tackles to go under the posts soon after the break and Eden intercepted a stray pass to run the length of the field for another try three minutes from time after Escare crossed again.

Gale again added the extras and put the icing on the cake with a drop goal to round off another ominous performance from the rampant Tigers, leaving Wigan to reflect on a third loss in a row.