Warrington Wolves went into their game yesterday battling with Leeds Rhinos, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils for a spot in the Super League play offs but the pressure on opponents Castleford Tigers was much harsher as they fight for survival with Wakefield Trinity.
It was the worst possible defeat for the Tigers as they lost their points difference advantage over Wakefield in a humiliating defeat.
Fans were not happy as they accused some players of giving up.
We were dead on our feet there. BUT. There are some players in this group that give up way too easily. That's not a great recipe for survival. Pains me to say sadly.
— Stuey Leach (@StueyLeach) September 2, 2023
One fan described it as “abysmal.”
Cannot even begin to comprehend what i’ve just watched. An absolutely appalling display, which cannot be excused by the injury situation. Abysmal in every way, can’t even get the basics right. Good job points difference doesn’t count for anything… oh wait.
— Katie (@Katiee90868201) September 2, 2023
In fact one supporter called for “contracts to be ripped up.”
A few contracts need ripping up before next season if Grattan is targeting top 6🤦♂️
— Brandan Gardner (@GardnerBrandan) September 2, 2023
The summation seemed to be “embarrassing.”
— Harry Heaslip (@HarryLUFC96) September 2, 2023
Castleford struck first after a solid start from Danny Ward’s men. It was a simple try for the Tigers as Sam Hall hit a strong line on the inside shoulder of a defender to power through and as he went down he stretched out to score.
Warrington soon hit back after some great play with the Wolves’ spine carving through the Castleford defence and on the back of this Danny Walker teed Paul Vaughan up to power over.
The Wolves continued to carve through their opponents and Matt Dufty would show great pace to dart through and score.
They continued to have success through the middle of the field and after another break a deflected pass landed into the hands of Ben Currie to score.
He would soon have egg on his face when he broke clear, it looked like a certain try as he had George Williams in support but he was behind the man and the pass was dropped.
Williams would then knock on again with the line close after great defence from the Tigers.
Another bombed try followed when Matt Dufty dropped a Matty Nicholson break with the line at his mercy.
Castleford punished them with a great set play allowing Greg Eden to stroll in but a yellow card for Jacob Miller created the space for Dufty to jink through.
Warrington would continue to punish the yellow card with two more tries with the Tigers down a man with Daryl Clark jinking past a number of cover defenders after a superb break before good shape saw Matty Ashton stroll in.
With Cas back to 13, George Williams notched a brilliant try out pacing former teammate Gareth Widdop to reach the corner.
They then brought up the 50 mark as Matt Dufty offloaded to James Harrison to score.
Vaughan continued the humiliation with a second try before George Williams got a second of his own.