Castleford 6 Warrington 44

Wire warmed up for next week’s semi final with a comprehensive demolition of Cas at Wheldon Road.

This game had a bit of a cup tie feeling to it itself, of the visit to a lower league club in the early rounds variety.

Wire were in total control from start to finish as we took apart a Cas side that looked the shadow the team that turned us over at the HJ over Easter. Warrington have improved no end since that early season slump and we head into the super8s with a good bit of momentum behind us after this and recent performances.

Joel Monaghan marked his return from a calf injury with two tries, pouncing on Myler’s grubber to open the scoring and collecting Ben Currie’s pinpoint pass later on to score in the same corner.

Wire ran in three tries in between the captain’s double, with Myler having a hand in two of them. First, Westwood barges his way over from a short ball from the Catalans-bound half back before Gaz O’Brien capitalised on Mckeekan’s inability to deal with Myler’s grubber and touched down under the sticks.

Gene Ormsby then forced an error from some Cas player as they attacked our line and scooped on the loose ball to race 80odd metres and fend off some desperate Cas defence to score.

After creating Monaghan’s second try, Currie then got over for himself, collecting Myler’s pass to stroll through untouched right on the stroke of half-time.

O’Brien’s inconsistency with the boot meant we only took a 30-0 lead into half time, but we extended it after the break with a try from Ratchford. Despite the attentions of Cas defenders, the former Salford man was the only player to react to Myler’s reverse kick and touched down.

Youngster Sam Wilde then finished off a fluid back line spread for his first senior try.

Cas scored a late consolation when Junior Moors charged onto a flat ball to crash over, but Richie Myler rubbed salt into the hosts wounds when he mugged off Justin Carney and raced home to score in the corner that most of the away support was assembled.

The only blight of the day came in the first half when Matty Russell hobbled off, but we coped with it well during the game by moving Ratchford to full back and, if anything, he’s the best option there anyway.

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