Jon Wilkin accuses Super League stars of “petulance” and “sulking”

Warrington Wolves are battling with Leeds Rhinos, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils having once looked like they they would be battling with Wigan Warriors, St Helens and Catalans Dragons for the League leaders’ Sheild.

This is because they started the season with eight wins in a row but an antithetical run in the second half of the season with a similar run of bad result saw Daryl Powell leave his post with a negative feeling emerging around the club.

However, they picked up their first win for months against Hull FC and after this interim boss Gary Chambers said that there was a better feeling in the camp.

After this Jon Wilkin slammed the notion that happiness mattered he said: “Are you kidding me? I have been in unhappy teams and won and happy teams that lost.

“I don’t care if you are happy, I care if you win.”

He also accused the Wolves players of “petulance” and “sulking.”

To Warrington’s credit, they did win. 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.