Castleford Tigers show spirit in opening day defeat

Justin Carney, who scored Castleford Tigers' first try at Warrington.
Justin Carney, who scored Castleford Tigers' first try at Warrington.
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Castleford Tigers recovered from a poor start to run in four tries at Warrington, but lost out 40-24 to the title favourites in the opening Super League fixture.

Justin Carney, Michael Shenton, Richard Owen and Jake Webster all scored tries and several other chances went begging as the Tigers gave their hosts a scare in the second half, but they were initially blown away by a Wolves side that were quick out of the blocks.

Warrington showed why they are many people’s favourites to finally take the Super League crown as they ran in five tries in the opening 22 minutes and although Cas fought back it was 34-12 by half-time.

But the hosts were outscored two tries to one after the break to give the Tigers hopes that they can improve on their second from bottom position last season.

Chris Riley, Ryan Atkins, Rhys Evans, Richie Myler, Ben Westwood (two) and Garreth Carvell all went over for tries for the Wolves with Brett Hodgson kicking five goals and Lee Briers one. All four of Castleford’s tries were converted by Jamie Ellis.

For more on the game, including head coach Ian Millward’s reaction, see Thursday’s edition of the Pontefract & Castleford Express.