Daryl Powell believes Warrington Wolves ‘should have won’ against Castleford Tigers as he blasts ‘unacceptable’ result

Castleford Tigers took on Warrington Wolves this afternoon at the Jungle with Daryl Powell returning to his former club for the first time since departing at the end of 2021.

Tigers star Niall Evalds may have scored in the West Yorkshire club’s 23-0 half-time lead against Warrington Wolves.

But, the fullback was taken straight off down the tunnel after scoring as he looked in great pain.

The Tigers raced into an 18-0 lead after two tries from Derrell Olpherts and one from Danny Richardson, with Evalds dotting down just before half-time.

Richardson also slotted over a drop-goal to make it 23-0 as Warrington had no reply whatsoever.

Jason Qareqare – Evalds’ replacement – managed to dot down early in the second-half with Ben Currie finally getting the Wolves’ first points of the afternoon from a George Williams kick.

Matty Ashton and Daryl Clark dotted down to make it 27-16, but Alex Sutcliffe managed to restore the Tigers’ momentum.

Oliver Holmes did manage to crash over, but Richardson slotted over a penalty to end the game at 35-22 and make it a three-try score.

And, Wire head coach Daryl Powell slammed his side’s performance but felt they should have won.

“I thought we started dumb and finished dumb so there are some key lessons there,” Powell said on Sky Sports after the game.

“Defensively, as a result of losing the battle of the start, we weren’t going to do that in these conditions.

“They get a man sent off and I thought we should have won the game to be honest. You can’t do some things that we did if we wanted to win games.

“Inbetween there are some class things, we looked like we were going to reel them in but we conceded a soft try when they were down to 12 and those things are unacceptable.”

Warrington still sit four points outside the Super League play-offs.