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2021 SL Round One, Castleford 21 Warrington 12 – Report

Jack Harbidge reviews Round One clash between Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves….. Here’s how the game went.

SCOREBOARD

Tigers 21

Tries: Oliver Holmes (4), Niall Evalds (29), Jordan Turner (39, 57).

Goals: Gareth O’Brien (6), Paul McShane (58)

Drop Goal: Paul McShane (71)

Warrington 12

Tries: Toby King (7), Daryl Clarke (54), Blake Austin (75)

Goals:

MATCH REPORT

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1st Half

Castleford got their season opener off to a great start, against a Warrington side in which departing head coach Steve Price decided not to pick big name signing Greg Inglis, owing to lack of physical preparation.

Interestingly, Warrington got off to a slow start and conceded first, with Castleford crossing through Oliver Holmes. Gareth O’Brien managed to convert to put his side 6-0 up before succumbing to injury shortly after. Warrington managed to reply soon after through Toby King but that would be their only highlight for the half.

A lacklustre performance following the try saw Warrington concede 10 unanswered points, first through Niall Evalds – who crossed with ease – and then through Jordan Turner, with the new signing claiming a try on Super League debut for the club.

HALF-TIME: Castleford Tigers 14 Warrington Wolves 4

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2nd Half

Warrington weren’t much better in the second half and were once again out-played by a rampant Castleford side.

Despite opening the scoring in the second half through Darryl Clark, Warrington struggled to come close to challenging for a result in the game with countless errors costing them good field position.

That said, a key refereeing decision from Chris Kendall led to another Castleford score for Turner, that all but put the game out of reach for the Wolves after Paul McShane added a drop goal with less than ten minutes to play. Given their designated kicker failed to convert any of their tries.

Warrington never gave up, however, and Blake Austin scored a consolation try five minutes from time which Gareth Widdop failed to convert, leaving the final score standing at 21-12.

FULL-TIME: Castleford Tigers 21 Warrington Wolves 12

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