Fucking Booooo. And That

“What a load of toss that was”, “Shite”, “Not good enough, Wire”, “Booo, Fuck Off”.

And they were the most positive comments after the hooter that we could print.

Daryl Powell’s men made it four defeats in a row for our beleaguered Wire on a day when it was hotter in Orford than it was in Cyprus. Probably.

We welcomed back Richie Myler-Skelton to the line up, meaning that Chris Bridge was mercifully moved away from the stand off position. At times, we looked more fluid in attack than in previous weeks and on another day, had some things stuck, we would have probably emerged victorious. As it was, Cas recorded their first away win of the season without really having to do too much spectacular with the ball.

The Tigers opened the scoring on 7 minutes when Jordan Tansey touched down in the corner. Frankie Mariano’s scooted from dummy half and broke through some weak defence from Hill and Higham, setting up great field position for the visitors. With the Wire defensive line still getting itself set, Luke Gale fired a pass thirty yards wide and five yards forward to find Jordan Tansey who stepped inside Penny and fended off O’Brien before diving over.

Wire could have been forgiven for letting their heads drop, but they almost replied instantly when the ball was spread wide close to the Cas line, but Bridge’s eye-catching offload to Joel Monas was ruled forward and his try chalked off.

We took the lead not long after, though. A Chris Hill half-break and neat offload to Myler-Skelton who charged downfield and released Penny, who flicked a pass to Currie only for the centre to be held by Luke Dorn. In a display of footballing intelligence, Gaz O’Brien noticed the full back was out of position and slipped behind an inch-perfect grubber for Ratchford to collect and touch down.

OB nudged over the extras from bang in front and we were straight back over when the ball was spread wide on the set from the kick-off: Myler and O’Brien combining to find Ratchford whose cut out pass found Penny in space on the left wing, allowing him to romp downfield and slip a pass inside to Atkins who turned Dorn inside out and touched down.

Cas levelled things back up right before the break, Gale finding Dorn with a simple ‘X’ ball for the full back to take advantage of a bad read in defence and stroll in untouched to take us into half-time at 10-10.

Both teams had chances to score after the break. Jordan Tansey became the latest benefactor of Kevin Penny’s awful positioning in defence, but the former Sydney Rooster’s man (I know, me neither!) saw his name in lights and knocked on with the line beckoning.

Down the other end, Chris Bridge broke the line before being stopped by a desperate lung from Scott Moore. The ball was shifted left but the video ref ruled that Penny didn’t correctly ground Currie’s grubber.

Cas broke the deadlock when Luke Gale – bang average at best, but typically made to look like a world beater by our defence – found Grant Millington with a short ball at the line, allowing the big prop to burst down field, draw Ratchford and put the supporting Adam Milner home with a simple pass.

The visitors extended their lead when a charged down kick bounced over Currie’s head, allowing the balding Gale to slip away from Atkins and race downfield. Displaying all the vision and skill of a great half back, the former Bradford scrum half totally ignored his supporting team mates and was hauled down short of the line. It mattered little in the end, as Ben Roberts scored on the next play anyway.

With 10 minutes left on the clock and supporters streaming out the stadium in their droves, Wire actually made a fist of it and threatened a comeback when Myler’s cross-field kick was knocked back by Atkins and hacked on again by Ben Currie before being touched down by Kevin Penny.

Penny thought he was in again soon after, following a spectacular bit of play involving a back line spread, Penny himself chipping the ball back inside, Atkins gathering and performing a ridiculous overheard kick while on the floor, but Penny was ruled to have knocked on by the video ref.

It’s impossible to think of Cas at home without thinking of the game that ended Paul Cullen’s coaching tenure at the club. That Luke Dorn interception, right on the B ‘Booooooo’, and the increase in varicosity of discontent with each stride that signalled the end of a 25 year association with the club. In the 10 seconds or so that it took the Australian to romp home, Cullen’s fate was sealed. He cut a disconsolate figure walking down Dallam Lane after the game, slipping off while a rent-a-mob of idiots gathered outside reception to voice their frustrations in person.

The majority of the blerts tweeting ‘Smith Out’ or incessantly ranting some bollocks or other about Richard Agar on Facebook weren’t watching Warrington on that night, but some were and they should know better. The biggest difference between then and now is that we had been watching that sort of dross performance for a few years by the time Cullen walked. We spoke about perspective last week; a four game losing streak is our worst run in six years, we’re not doing that bad in that case then, are we? There is three points difference between third place (Salford) and ninth place (us) on the league table. When we beat Hull KR (fourth) the other week, they were bottom of the league. A couple of wins and we’re right back up there. Hardly a crisis.

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