Warrington Wolves 22-30 Castleford Tigers

Warrington Wolves 22-30 Castleford Tigers


After a huge win against Brisbane in the World Club Series last week, Warrington were hoping to continue their momentum against a Castleford side that have been tipped as dark horses for the 2017 season. However, it was the Tigers who came out on top with their exciting style of play again proving too much for their opponents.

The home side were quickest out of the blocks and dominated the opening exchanges, not allowing their opponents to play their usual expansive game.

With Kevin Brown scheming at standoff, chances were coming thick and fast for the Wolves, with Ryan Atkins getting over the line but being denied for a forward pass in the second minute.

It didn’t take long for the home side to take advantage of their opportunities, however, as Andre Savelio opened the scoring on the six-minute mark. Despite Daryl Clark being held-up over the line just a few moments earlier, Brown’s last-tackle cross field kick on the Tigers’ line was batted back by the chasing Rhys Evans into the arms of Savelio, who fell over the line to score. Patton was successful with the boot to give his side a 6-0 lead.

The early pressure was a bit of a wakeup call for Castleford, who started to weather the storm before drastically taking control of the game, scoring four tries in just nine minutes.

The first came from Jesse Sene-Lefao, after some good work from Grant Millington and Luke Gale resulted in the Samoan forward breaking through from 20m out, before he beat two men to go over in the left hand corner.

It was then Zak Hardaker’s turn to get onto the scoresheet, as the fullback supported Mike McMeeken’s break from halfway to score. Luke Gale converted both tries to make it 12-6.

The Tigers continued to pile pressure onto the Warrington line, and just 5 minutes later were in again through Greg Eden, who skilfully took Hardaker’s pass before squeezing over in the corner, although Gale was unable to add the extras this time.

The scoring spree was then finished off with a sensational effort coming straight from the restart. Rangi Chase found McMeeken from the kickoff, who then moved it to Zak Hardaker before the fullback was able to break up field courtesy of some impressive footwork to beat Rhys Evans. He drew in opposite number Jack Johnson before finding the supporting Luke Gale on his inside to go over untouched. Gale then converted his own try to give the visitors a 16-point cushion.

The game then started to even out towards the back end of the first period, but not without the Wolves managing to pull one back just before halftime, as Tom Lineham burrowed his way over from dummy half on 36 minutes. Patton was unable to convert though, meaning the Tigers led 22-10 at the break.

The Wolves came out for the second half with the words of coach Tony Smith still ringing in their ears and were the first to capitalise on an opportunity, when Tom Lineham dived over for his second try on 58 minutes. After some hard work from both teams in attack and defence, Warrington shifted the ball from right to left 10m out before Kevin Brown found Lineham to ground it in the corner, despite the best efforts of Zak Hardaker. Patton converted from the sideline to close the gap to just one try.

Their dominance was short-lived, however, as Castleford struck back just five minutes later. A determined run through the middle from Adam Milner created the space, before the ball was moved wide to Minikin, who found his way to the tryline with some superb pace and footwork. Gale couldn’t convert, making the score 26-16 with just less than 20 minutes to go.

But just 10 minutes from time, it was two of Warrington’s most promising youngsters who stepped up to keep their side’s hopes alive. Andre Savelio scored from a barnstorming run down the right from close range before Harvey Livett, who only made his debut in round one, stepped up to kick the conversion from the touchline to bring them within four points.

Five minutes later, however, Castleford quashed any hopes of a Warrington comeback, after a sensational passing move involving Gale and Hardaker, who both stood out all game, resulted in Greg Eden going over for his second try to seal the game. Gale was successful again with the boot, making it 30-22 to the Tigers and giving them their second win of the season.

Referee: Phil Bentham

Attendance: 11,374

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-6, 6-12, 6-16, 6-22, 10-22, 16-22, 16-26, 22-26, 22-30.

Written by Jack Conlon.

Warrington Wolves

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Tom LinehamWing200000
3Rhys EvansCentre000000
4Ryan AtkinsCentre000000
5Matty RussellWing000000
6Kevin BrownStand Off000000
9Daryl Clark 15Hooker000000
10Ashton Sims 17Prop000000
12Jack HughesSecond Row000000
13Joe WestermanLoose Forward000000
14Mike Cooper 34Prop000000
18Andre Savelio 28Second Row200000
22Declan PattonScrum Half030000
26Jack JohnsonFull Back000000
15Brad Dwyer 9Interchange000000
17Dom Crosby 10Interchange000000
28Harvey Livett 18Interchange000000
34Ben Westwood 14Interchange000000
 Total 430000

Castleford Tigers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Zak HardakerFull Back100001
2Greg MinikinWing100000
3Jake WebsterCentre000000
4Michael ShentonCentre000000
5Greg EdenWing200000
6Rangi ChaseStand Off000000
7Luke GaleScrum Half130000
8Andy Lynch 10Prop000000
12Mike McMeeken 21Second Row000000
13Adam MilnerHooker000000
14Nathan Massey 18Loose Forward000000
15Jesse Sene-LefaoSecond Row100000
19Gadwin Springer 17Prop000000
10Grant Millington 8Interchange000000
17Junior Moors 19Interchange000000
18Matt Cook 14Interchange000000
21Joel Monaghan 12Interchange000000
 Total 630001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 24, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Warrington Wolves101222
Castleford Tigers22830