Hardly anyone gave Castleford a chance ahead of kick-off in their Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington. Yet, come full time, no one could begrudge the Tigers an incredible 35-20 victory. But, how did the Castleford supporters react?
One Castleford fan had Monday off work, so his plan was simple.
Plan for my day off today.
1) Rewatch Saturday
— Nick Oakley 🎆 (@free_oakers) June 7, 2021
Another Tigers fan thought it felt like a dream.
— Mel Ritson 💙 (@fitblondemel) June 6, 2021
Even one former Tigers great, Adrian Vowles, invoked the Castleford spirit.
— Adrian Vowles (@AdrianVowles13) June 5, 2021
Another believed that positivity after last week’s drubbing by Leeds was important.
@CTSC2 @CTRLFC Congratulations to everyone at the Castleford Tigers on reaching the 2021 Challenge Cup final. From a bad week to a great week, always stay positive. Our great history is still been written and more to come.#COYF #CTSC17 pic.twitter.com/8Atx99VGW2
— P. Burns-Williamson (@Paulctsc) June 6, 2021
Another Castleford fan used expletives to get across how he felt.
I’ll tell you something, I give @CTRLFC some shite at times, but today, I couldn’t be more prouder to be a cas fan. I fucking love my club even when I think it couldn’t get any worse I’ll always stick with them for the memories that days like today bring #COYF
— Big Fish 🐠 (@therealBIGFISH) June 5, 2021
The media manager at Castleford summed up the emotion perfectly.
Reflecting on everything: no fans in attendance for 14 months, Daryl’s last season, long serving together teammates, plus *everything* else that’s happened due to COVID…
— Tom Maguire (@TomCMaguire) June 6, 2021
Another praised the superb performance.
Did someone say WEMBLEYYY!!?? 😍
— Sam Mills (@_smills) June 5, 2021
Another Castleford fan called it “one of the best days” he had ever had with his father.
Been all over watching Cas with this bloke, for nearly 25 years and can safely say, yesterday, was one of the best days we ever had together.
And we made the tele!
83 soon and still an absolute warrior.
— Nick Oakley 🎆 (@free_oakers) June 6, 2021
One Cas fan even brought back memories of the semi-final back in 2014 when the Tigers beat Widnes, only for the game to be overshadowed by the events after.
You know what was nice today? Winning the #ChallengeCup semi-final at Leigh Sports Village and not seeing poor @CastigersJ head flying through the air and the occasion spoilt by morons. 😁🐯 #COYF #RugbyLeague #Castleford
— Martyn Pool (@martynpool) June 5, 2021
Another referenced the difference a week can make in rugby league.
Powell out last week, this week he’s being bought leaving presents with bows on. Humble in victory, humble in defeat. Oh wait. #COYF
— Danny (@DanzaiiKey) June 5, 2021