Super League  Friday 15th August 2014  Halliwell Jones Stadium  Att: 8,391

Squad

Asotasi, Atkins, C. Bridge, England, R. Evans, Grix, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Myler, O'Brien, Ratchford, Russell, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood.

Squad

Tansey, Lynch, Milner, Hauraki, Massey, Holmes, Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Gibson, Channing, Clare, Finn, Reynolds, Day, Jewitt, Maher, Howden, Moore.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Rhys Evans

Joel Monaghan

Stefan Ratchford

Anthony England

Rhys Evans

Chris Bridge

Gareth O'Brien

Ryan Atkins

GOAL SCORERS:

Stefan Ratchford

Stefan Ratchford

Stefan Ratchford

Stefan Ratchford

Stefan Ratchford

Chris Bridge

Chris Bridge

Chris Bridge

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Oliver Holmes

James Clare

GOAL SCORERS:

Liam Finn

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

Warrington Wolves took full advantage of Castleford Tigers' decision to field a weakened team to strengthen their bid for a top-two finish in the First Utility Super League.

Tigers coach Daryl Powell rested six members of his likely Challenge Cup final team and, although his makeshift line-up were far from disgraced, they could not match their opponents' superior finishing as they succumbed to a 48-10 defeat.

The Wolves needed to win by 29 points to leapfrog Castleford into fourth place and they reached their target courtesy of Joel Monaghan's 24th Super League try of the season seven minutes from the end.

With one eye on Wembley, Powell made nine changes to the side that won the semi-final against Widnes, giving a first start to full-back Ben Reynolds and debuts to young forwards Brad Day and Will Maher off the bench.

Warrington coach Tony Smith left out only scrum-half Richie Myler and prop Roy Asotasi from the team that performed so disappointingly against Leeds Rhinos in the semi-final and they went some way to making amends.

Castleford actually dominated the opening quarter, forcing three goal-line drop-outs and repeated sets, but without being able to supply the final touches to their promising build-up play.

The Wolves' defence was up to the task and they struck twice on the counter-attack to open up a 12-0 lead.

Left centre Ryan Atkins got the opening try, taking advantage of a kind bounce after Reynolds was deceived by a kick from Gareth O'Brien, who then supported a long-range break by Michael Monaghan to score the second.

Right centre Chris Bridge crashed through some poor defence to score a third Warrington try in the 22nd minute and kicked his third conversion before hobbling off with a leg injury.

At 18-0, the visitors were in danger of being blown away but they stuck valiantly to their task and pulled a try back in the 26th minute when left winger James Clare took Jamie Ellis' long pass and produced a superb one-handed finish at the corner.

Clare is likely to make way for the return of Australian winger Justin Carney for the cup final but is doing his best to present Powell with a selection dilemma.

The Tigers almost scored again before half-time when second rower Frankie Mariano was put through a gap on halfway by Nathan Massey and held off the cover on a blazing sprint to the line, only to be held on his back in Rhys Evans' last-ditch tackle.

However, there was no stopping Oliver Holmes six minutes into the second half when he took Ellis' short pass to barge his way over despite the efforts of four defenders.

Liam Finn's conversion cut the deficit to eight points but Warrington made the game safe with two further tries in a five-minute spell.

Evans took Simon Grix's cut-out pass to cross at the corner for the first of his two tries and prop Anthony England charged onto Mick Higham's short pass to crash over by the posts.

Stefan Ratchford added both conversions in the absence of Bridge to make it 30-10 and then used an overlap to cross for his side's sixth try after 65 minutes.

As the visitors tired, Monaghan and Evans both went over in the last seven minutes as Warrington emphasised their superiority and Ratchford took his goal tally to five from as many attempts.

Match Action

  • 79m
    try

    Rhys Evans

    Warrington

  • 79m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 73m
    try

    Joel Monaghan

    Warrington

  • 73m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 66m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 66m
    try

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 58m
    try

    Anthony England

    Warrington

  • 58m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 53m
    try

    Rhys Evans

    Warrington

  • 53m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 48m
    goal

    Liam Finn

    Castleford

  • 48m
    try

    Oliver Holmes

    Castleford

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Anthony England

    Warrington

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Chris Hill

    Warrington

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Oliver Holmes

    Castleford

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Scott Wheeldon

    Castleford

  • 27m
    try

    James Clare

    Castleford

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Chris Bridge

    Warrington

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Micky Higham

    Warrington

  • 23m
    try

    Chris Bridge

    Warrington

  • 23m
    goal

    Chris Bridge

    Warrington

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Andy Lynch

    Castleford

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Paul Wood

    Warrington

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Ben Harrison

    Warrington

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Ben Westwood

    Warrington

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    James Laithwaite

    Warrington

  • 18m
    goal

    Chris Bridge

    Warrington

  • 18m
    try

    Gareth O'Brien

    Warrington

  • 5m
    goal

    Chris Bridge

    Warrington

  • 5m
    try

    Ryan Atkins

    Warrington