Super League: Comeback Warrington beat Castleford 40-30
Last Updated: 04/08/13 6:30pm
Joel Monaghan: Notched late try in Warrington's win
Warrington survived a huge scare before maintaining their Super League title bid by downing Castleford 40-30 to record their eighth successive league win.
After their shock Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Hull FC, Warrington found themselves facing another loss after falling 24-6 down in the first half, but they showed their class by bouncing back to turn the game around after the interval.
Three tries in six minutes early in the second period put the Wolves in front and although battling Castleford levelled at 30-30 with 15 minutes remaining, late scores by Mick Higham - his second of the game - and Joel Monaghan gave Wolves the win.
Stefan Ratchford chipped in with six goals in a victory that kept Warrington one point behind leaders Huddersfield with four league games left.
The Wolves went ahead against the run of play from their first meaningful attack when Lee Briers caught the home defence flat-footed by darting over from close range for a 13th minute try that Ratchford converted.
The Tigers quickly turned the game on its head, though, by scoring four tries in 11 minutes. They levelled in the 20th minute with a superbly-worked try when slick handling put in Justin Carney at the corner.
Castleford then took the lead when Ratchford collected Jamie Ellis's high kick but lost the ball as he was tackled and Weller Hauraki scooped it up to score.
Ryan Boyle's magnificent off-load then created the opening for Jordan Tansey to send in Adam Milner, before the Wolves fell further behind when Rangi Chase fooled their defence to set up a touchdown for Kirk Dixon, who added his fourth conversion to put the Tigers 24-6 up.
Warrington saw little of the ball in the first half but they got themselves back into game when substitute Garreth Carvell scored from close range and Ratchford converted to cut the gap to 12 points.
Chase was wide with a drop goal attempt on the stroke of half-time but the Tigers were full value for their 12-point lead at the break after cutting Warrington's defence to ribbons during that stunning first-half scoring burst.
The Wolves looked far more determined in the second period and soon levelled the scores. Substitute Brad Dwyer plunged over from close range before Briers made the opening for half-back partner Richie Myler to cross.
Warrington then regained their lead with their third try in six minutes when Higham shot over from acting half and Ratchford added his fifth goal to put them 30-24 ahead.
Castleford squared matters again in the 65th minute when Craig Huby capitalised on Daryl Clark's grubber kick to grab a try that Dixon goaled.
But Wolves struck a vital blow three minutes later when Myler put in Higham for his second try and they sealed victory when Monaghan went in at the corner.
First Utility Super League
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan Warriors30 - 20Warrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St Helens16 - 41Leeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Hull FC0 - 0Hull K R
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans Dragons0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
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