Warrington Wolves faced off with Castleford Tigers at the Totally Wicked Stadium, knowing that a win would push them back to the top of Super League.
The Wolves were the first to get over the try-line but the crossfield kick from Blake Austin was tapped forward by Jake Mamo in the air.
Following a midfield battle between the two sides,Danny Richardson looked to take the game into his own hands.
He chipped the ball over the top of the Warrington defensive line, and bounced awkwardly for Matty Ashton.
Richardson reclaimed the ball on the floor and grounded the ball despite the pressure from Ashton to take the lead.
However, Chris Kendall, the video referee reversed the on-field decision and called a double movement, leaving the game scoreless.
Just a few minutes later, the Wolves defenders just went to sleep and allowed Gareth O’Brien to finally open the scores.
Richardson’s kick bounce off the left-hand upright and looked to be going dead before O’Brien came through and grounded the ball
On the half-hour mark, Alex Foster was in a little discomfort and appeared to have received a squirrel grip tackle from Tom Lineham, with the incident going on report.
A few tackles later, Grant Millington crashed over, but he couldn’t quite ground the ball through a body of Warrington defenders.
Lineham was penalised again just a few minutes later for a high tackle on Derrell Olpherts.
With less than two minutes to go until the break, and despite soaking up loads of pressure, the Wolves finally hit back.
They continued to attack Greg Eden, with Austin’s kick claimed bu Josh Charnley, who offloaded the Anthony Gelling for the score.
HALF-TIME: Castleford Tigers 6-6 Warrington Wolves
Nine minutes into the second half, Luis Johnson crashed over under the posts, but was held up over the line.
A few minutes later, the Tigers were piling the pressure on Warrington once again, forcing multiple repeat sets.
Olpherts found some space in behind the Wolves line and kicked ahead for himself before being dragged back by Jake Mamo.
It wasn’t a penalty try, but Mamo found himself in the sin-bin for the professional foul.
Cas took advantage of the extra man as they spread the ball out to Olpherts, with the winger touching down in the corner.
Richardson’s conversion missed to leave the score at 10-6 with 25 minutes to go.
Five minutes later, Blake Austin made a half-break between O’Brien and Peter Mata’utia and looked to ground the ball before Adam Milner came in to stop the half-back.
Austin struggled to get up from the collision, and after a long review by Kendall, a no-try was called after the half-back knocked on, and Milner was not penalised for the contact with the Wire man.
With ten minutes to go, the game could swing either way.
In the 78th minute, Ben Currie was put through a huge gap on the left hand side of the field.
With just O’Brien to beat, Currie passed inside to Matty Ashton, and arguably the fastest man on the field raced away and slid under the posts to level the scores.
Ratchford converted to make it 10-12 with 66 seconds left on the clock.
The kick-off from Mata’utia didn’t make the ten-metre line, which gifted Warrington the ball in the final minute.
Toby King took the tackle on the hooter and the Wolves moved top of the table.
FULL-TIME: Castleford Tigers 10-12 Warrington Wolves
O’Brien, Olpherts, Foster, Shenton, Eden, Mata’utia, Richardson, Watts, McShane, Griffin, Holmes, McMeeken, Massey
Interchanges: Millington, Milner, Moors, O’Neill
Tries: O’Brien, Olpherts
Goals: Richardson (1/2)
Ashton, Lineham, Mamo, Gelling, Charnley, Austin, Ratchford, Latu, Walker, Cooper, Currie, King, Murdoch-Masila
Interchanges: Patton, Johnson, Robson, Doro
Tries: Gelling, Ashton
Goals: Ratchford (2/2)
Referee: R. Hicks
Touch Judges: C. Worsley, C. Sharrad
Video Referee: C. Kendall
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