17th August 2018, 22:15 | super8
Castleford Tigers marked the one-year anniversary of their maiden League Leaders' Shield victory by climbing into third place in the Betfred Super League following a hard-fought 28-18 win against Warrington Wolves.
Twelve months to the day since defeating arch-rivals Wakefield Trinity 45-20 to secure their first league crown in their 91-year history, the Tigers ensured their fans were celebrating once more as they ran in five tries to close the gap to just one point behind second-placed Wigan.
Winger James Clare opened the scoring on his 100th career appearance to put the hosts ahead before a Jamie Ellis penalty and tries from Junior Moors and Greg Eden gave Castleford a comfortable 16-0 half-time lead.
Warrington made a fist of a comeback with quickfire tries from Stefan Ratchford and Bryson Goodwin to reduce the scoreline to 16-12, but Castleford were a class apart as Eden crossed once as did Mike McMeeken, with Ratchford grabbing a late consolation try.
The defeat for Steve Price's men came at a price, as Mitch Brown and Tyrone Roberts picked up injuries ahead of next week's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final with Catalans Dragons.
Warrington head coach Steve Price said: “We have been really good at going from Super League to Challenge Cup mode and Challenge Cup back to Super League throughout the season, but I think a few blokes were looking at the game next weekend.
“It clearly showed that our attitude was elsewhere tonight."
Castleford boss Daryl Powell said: “I thought we were good for large parts, I thought we were really controlling in the first half but in general, that’s a big win for us.
“If you lose that, Huddersfield are sneaking up, they have a lot of momentum behind them and (the win) eases the pressure a little bit. I think it has opened up for us to start and develop some consistency about us, which we haven’t really got at the moment.”