Warrington Wolves 22-30 Castleford Tigers

Friday 24th February 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 2

22-30 FT

HT: 10 22

Attendance: 11,374

Official: P Bentham

Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium

  • Warrington Wolves

  • Tries
    Andre Savelio 2, Tom Lineham 2,

  • Goals
    Declan Patton 2, Harvey Livett,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Jesse Sene-Lefao, Zak Hardaker, Greg Eden 2, Luke Gale, Greg Minikin,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford Tigers underlined their Betfred Super League top-four credentials with an impressive 30-22 victory at Warrington Wolves. 

Daryl Powell's side blew the Wolves, who beat Brisbane Broncos in the Dacia World Club Series last week, away in a rampant nine-minute first-half spell when they scored four times to open up a 22-6 lead. 

After Andre Savelio touched down from a kick in the sixth minute, the Tigers came roaring back courtesy of some fast-flowing expansive rugby league. 

Jesse Sene-Lefao barged over, Zak Hardaker finished off a fine break from Mike McMeeken and, after a flying finish from Greg Eden in the corner, the former Leeds Rhinos full-back laid a try on a plate for Luke Gale. 

Tom Lineham went over from dummy half just before half-time to give Wolves a lifeline, the winger then producing a brilliant finish in the corner to bring his side to within six points. 

Greg Minikin scored an excellent try with 17 minutes remaining and, although Savelio got a second for the hosts to set up a nervy finish, Eden went over in the corner to seal the win for the Tigers.

Castleford coach Powell said: "That was as good a period of attacking rugby league you are likely to see. It was a superb purple patch which got us a lot of points after a real sticky start to the game by us.

"But we found our straps and our attacking play was outstanding for that period and it put us in a great position in the game.

"The second half was a bit of an arm wrestle and Warrington found a way back into the game so it was good to manage the period when we was under pressure and then finish the job."

Warrington coach Tony Smith admitted: "We couldn't cope with the speed of the play the ball and they blew our legs off in the first half and conceding back-to-back tries really hurts you.

"A few of our boys were off their best from their performance last week (against Brisbane) and you can't afford to be when your opposition has some attack in them.

"The players showed character to get back to a point that with a bit more fortune we could pinch the game. But to concede 30 points is not pleasing in our dressing room.

"There was some good rugby league played and it ended up being a contest but across the board it was not the performance we wanted or needed."

  • 75: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 71: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Harvey Livett
  • 71: TRY! scored for Warrington by Andre Savelio
  • 64: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 59: TRY! scored for Warrington by Tom Lineham
  • 37: TRY! scored for Warrington by Tom Lineham
  • 27: TRY! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 27: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 25: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 21: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 21: TRY! scored for Castleford by Zak Hardaker
  • 19: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 19: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jesse Sene-Lefao
  • 6: TRY! scored for Warrington by Andre Savelio
  • 6: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • Key Performers

    Zak Hardaker

    Metres: 216

    Greg Eden

    Metres: 178
    Clean Breaks: 4

    Jack Johnson

    Metres: 190

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Warrington Wolves 4
    Castleford Tigers 6

    Goals:

    Warrington Wolves 3
    Castleford Tigers 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jack Johnson 0 0 4 0 1 3 0 24 190 7.92 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Daryl Clark 0 0 36 5 2 6 0 11 106 9.64 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew Russell 0 0 4 0 3 2 0 13 92 7.08 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Atkins 0 0 7 1 1 1 0 11 91 8.27 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Westerman 0 0 44 9 2 2 0 13 91 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Andre Savelio 2 0 32 4 3 8 2 10 87 8.70 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike Cooper 0 0 28 3 2 0 0 15 84 5.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Lineham 2 0 7 1 0 0 0 15 75 5.00 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jack Hughes 0 0 25 4 7 1 0 10 62 6.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Ashton Sims 0 0 32 9 2 1 0 9 60 6.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Rhys Evans 0 0 20 0 3 0 0 5 60 12.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Westwood 0 0 13 1 1 1 0 7 57 8.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dominic Crosby 0 0 16 3 0 0 0 8 53 6.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Brown 0 1 11 1 1 2 6 6 38 6.33 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Brad Dwyer 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 4 35 8.75 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Harvey Livett 0 0 7 2 0 2 0 3 24 8.00 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Declan Patton 0 0 11 4 1 0 3 5 22 4.40 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Zak Hardaker 1 3 8 1 2 10 0 20 216 10.80 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Greg Eden 2 0 2 1 2 2 1 17 178 10.47 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Minikin 1 0 7 0 0 5 0 14 125 8.93 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Junior Moors 0 0 27 3 2 0 0 15 113 7.53 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 23 7 0 1 0 16 110 6.88 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Adam Milner 0 0 42 4 5 3 0 7 96 13.71 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Mike McMeeken 0 2 33 7 3 2 0 11 96 8.73 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Michael Shenton 0 0 16 1 4 2 0 10 93 9.30 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Webster 0 0 26 6 0 0 0 13 88 6.77 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Andy Lynch 0 0 28 5 1 0 0 12 84 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Gale 1 1 14 1 3 1 3 8 79 9.88 0 3 0 0 3 3 0 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 1 0 21 2 3 2 0 9 79 8.78 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Grant Millington 0 0 27 1 2 0 0 13 63 4.85 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 14 2 1 0 0 5 52 10.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 11 2 0 0 0 7 47 6.71 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Rangi Chase 0 0 14 1 1 1 5 6 36 6.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joel Monaghan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties