Super League: Castleford Tigers maul Warrington Wolves
Last Updated: 22/04/14 9:43am
Michael Shenton (right): a hat-trick for Castleford
Michael Shenton scored a hat-trick of tries as Castleford crushed Warrington 40-6 to move up to second in the First Utility Super League table.
The Tigers have been one of the surprise packages this season and they proved their place in the upper reaches of the table is no fluke as a much-changed side brushed past last season's Grand Final runners-up for their eighth win of the season - just one fewer than they managed in the whole of 2013.
James Clare also scored two tries for the Tigers, while there were further scores for Jamie Ellis and Richard Owen, with Marc Sneyd adding the extras to six of the seven tries.
Warrington, whose only score came through Michael Monaghan's converted try, have now lost five of their opening 10 matches.
Cas coach Daryl Powell was less than impressed despite his side beating local rivals Wakefield on Good Friday, and was vindicated by making a number of changes.
Nine-try top-scorer Justin Carney was among eight players rested, while the entire forward pack was changed, although Cas did have strong options off the bench.
By contrast, Warrington made just one change from the side that beat Widnes, with Kevin Penny coming in for Chris Bridge for his first appearance in Super League since 2009.
The winger almost made an immediate impression when he found himself clear on the left but he was magnificently hauled into touch by Owen.
Cas grew into the game thereafter and, after an opening of few clear-cut chances, took the lead.
After Stefan Ratchford was penalised for holding, the home side came rushing forward and were duly rewarded when Clare touched down from Shenton's offload.
They seemed intent on increasing their lead but were hit with a sucker-punch when Monaghan charged down a loose kick from Sneyd to score.
However, the Tigers responded magnificently and two converted tries from Shenton gave them an 18-6 lead.
The centre reacted quickly to outpace Rhys Evans and get the final touch to Sneyd's delicate grubber before bundling his way over after Frankie Mariano had initially pierced the Warrington defence.
The Wolves were once again exposed on the right as Cas extended their lead on the resumption.
The move started when Jordan Tansey carried the ball 60 metres after Warrington centre Evans had knocked on, with the visitors unable to regroup as Clare crashed over.
Any hope of a comeback seemed lost when Jamie Ellis exchanged passes with Weller Hauraki before touching down as Cas extended their lead to 22 points.
Still, they kept coming forward and took advantage of some limp defending from Warrington at the end, with Owen diving over before Shenton completed his hat-trick after bursting through a gap to complete a memorable win.
First Utility Super League
Thu 26th Mar
Salford Red Devils36 - 8Widnes Vikings
Fri 27th Mar
Castleford Tigers20 - 14Hull FC
Hull K R24 - 22St Helens
Warrington Wolves10 - 29Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors52 - 10Wakefield Wildcats
Sat 28th Mar
Catalans Dragons22 - 38Leeds Rhinos
Thu 2nd Apr
Hull FCvsHull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Fri 3rd Apr
Castleford TigersvsLeeds Rhinos
Wigan WarriorsvsSt Helens
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Mon 6th Apr
Warrington WolvesvsCastleford Tigers
Hull K R0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Wigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Catalans DragonsvsWidnes Vikings
Fri 10th Apr
Hull FCvsWidnes Vikings
Sat 11th Apr
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Castleford TigersvsHull K R
Sun 12th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0St Helens
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan WarriorsvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St HelensvsLeeds 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
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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
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