Super League  Sunday 3rd February 2013  Halliwell Jones Stadium  Att: 10,721

Squad

Atkins, Briers, Carvell, Cooper, Evans, Grix, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Morley, Myler, Ratchford, Riley, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood.

Squad

Owen, Carney, Shenton, Webster, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clare, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Millington, Emmitt, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Mason.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ben Westwood

Garreth Carvell

Ben Westwood

Richie Myler

Rhys Evans

Ryan Atkins

Chris Riley

GOAL SCORERS:

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Lee Briers

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jake Webster

Richard Owen

Michael Shenton

Justin Carney

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Full Report

Match Official: R Hicks

A stunning first-half display by Super League favourites Warrington Wolves ensured they kicked off their 2013 campaign with victory over Castleford Tigers at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Wolves exploded out of the blocks and scored four tries in the opening 13 minutes through Chris Riley, Ryan Atkins, Rhys Evans and Richie Myler, with Brett Hodgson landing three conversions to open up a 22-0 lead.

Further tries from Ben Westwood and Garreth Carvell, both goaled by Hodgson, saw the Wolves extend their lead to 34-12 by half-time.

The Tigers produced a much improved second-half display and restricted the home side to just one further score from Westwood, but the damage had been done in the opening exchanges.

Castleford scored after the break through Richard Owen and Jake Webster to add to first-half scores from Justin Carney and Michael Shenton; four goals were added by Jamie Ellis.

Warrington coach Tony Smith had an almost fully-fit squad to select from with centre Chris Bridge the only absentee as he recovers from a close-season operation.

A much-changed Castleford side saw coach Ian Millward give six full debuts to Jordan Tansey, Webster, Keith Mason, Carney, Weller Hauraki and Lee Gilmour, while Shenton returned for his second spell at the club as captain. The Tigers were without winger Kirk Dixon, who was ruled out with a torn calf sustained in training.

Any hopes Castleford had of causing an opening-game shock disappeared swiftly.

The Wolves were ahead after just two minutes when winger Riley scrambled over in the corner and three minutes later a superb midfield break by Simon Grix sent Atkins racing clear to score.

Centre Evans claimed Warrington’s third try on the 10-minute mark before Myler got in on the act.

It was a surprise that it took a further 10 minutes for Warrington to add to their tally; this time a Lee Briers bomb was kept alive superbly by Joel Monaghan and Evans to allow Westwood to cross for his side’s fifth try.

Castleford finally got a foothold in the game and were rewarded with points when Rangi Chase’s kick defelected off Briers and Webster sent Carney over.

Four minutes before half-time Carvell added a further try for the Wolves, but the Tigers had the final say of the first half when the Wolves lost possession as they tried to keep the ball alive and Shenton raced 30 metres to score.

Warrington were once again on the front foot at the start of the second half and, three minutes ater the restart, Myler sent Westwood over for his second of the game, with Hodgson's conversion making it 40-12.

To their credit the Tigers stuck to their task and reduced their arrears, but their revival came far too late in the day.

Match Action

  • 71m
    try

    Jake Webster

    Castleford

  • 71m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 51m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 51m
    try

    Richard Owen

    Castleford

  • 48m
    interchange_on

    Mickey Higham

    Warrington

  • 48m
    interchange_off

    Ben Harrison

    Warrington

  • 43m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 43m
    try

    Ben Westwood

    Warrington

  • 41m
    interchange_off

    Lee Briers

    Warrington

  • 41m
    interchange_on

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 38m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 38m
    try

    Michael Shenton

    Castleford

  • 36m
    try

    Garreth Carvell

    Warrington

  • 36m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Jonathan Walker

    Castleford

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Oliver Holmes

    Castleford

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Trent Waterhouse

    Warrington

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Adrian Morley

    Warrington

  • 28m
    try

    Justin Carney

    Castleford

  • 28m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Grant Millington

    Castleford

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Craig Huby

    Castleford

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Garreth Carvell

    Warrington

  • 22m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Chris Hill

    Warrington

  • 22m
    try

    Ben Westwood

    Warrington

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Keith Mason

    Castleford

  • 13m
    try

    Richie Myler

    Warrington

  • 13m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 10m
    try

    Rhys Evans

    Warrington

  • 10m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 4m
    try

    Ryan Atkins

    Warrington

  • 4m
    goal

    Lee Briers

    Warrington

  • 2m
    try

    Chris Riley

    Warrington