Super League: Daryl Powell hails Warrington Wovles’ ‘pivotal’ victory | Lee Radford regrets Castleford Tigers penalties | Rugby League News


Daryl Powell’s first home game in charge of Warrington saw him celebrate a win over former club Castleford; Tigers head coach Lee Radford was happy with some aspects of his team’s performance, but frustrated with the penalties they conceded.

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George Williams and Josh Thewlis celebrate Warrington’s win over Castleford

Daryl Powell hailed a “pivotal” win as he marked his first home game as Warrington Wolves head coach with an emphatic 34-10 victory over his former club Castleford Tigers.

Wolves picked up uneven wins over Powell’s other former Super League club, Leeds Rhinos, in their opener five days earlier.

But they were in blistering form against the Tigers on Thursday night in six tries, including two from winger Josh Charnley in his 100th appearance for the club.

“I wouldn’t have wanted to lose that game,” said Powell, who spent more than eight seasons with the Tigers. “Obviously I have a lot of regard for Castleford.

“I saw it as a crucial game for us. We didn’t play so well last week and it was important that we played well tonight. I thought we were much better. We started a bit slow defensively , but we grew up in the game and played some smart rugby league.

“Rob Mulhern was fantastic with his line speed, but the whole field was brilliant and the halves were really inventive and grew into the game.

Warrington Wolves boss Daryl Powell has praised his side for a strong performance after dispatching Castleford Tigers 34-10 in their second Super League game of the season.

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Warrington Wolves boss Daryl Powell has praised his side for a strong performance after dispatching Castleford Tigers 34-10 in their second Super League game of the season.

Warrington Wolves boss Daryl Powell has praised his side for a strong performance after dispatching Castleford Tigers 34-10 in their second Super League game of the season.

“Our defense was really solid, we took out their main threats. It was an outstanding performance tonight. The boys did a wonderful job.”

The result leaves Powell’s successor Lee Radford still looking for his first win as Tigers head coach after a first-round home loss to the Salford Red Devils, but he felt the performance of his team was a significant improvement.

“I didn’t miss that feeling, a horrible, horrible feeling,” said Radford, who spent nearly two years out of action after being sacked by Hull FC. “I would have preferred to play terribly and get two wins, but I thought today was a response to last week where we were flat.

Peter Mata'utia reflects on Warrington's 34-10 victory over his former club Castleford.  Mata'utia scored one of Warrington's tries after joining Wolves from the Tigers last summer

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Peter Mata’utia reflects on Warrington’s 34-10 victory over his former club Castleford. Mata’utia scored one of Warrington’s tries after joining Wolves from the Tigers last summer

Peter Mata’utia reflects on Warrington’s 34-10 victory over his former club Castleford. Mata’utia scored one of Warrington’s tries after joining Wolves from the Tigers last summer

“I was delighted with the way we started. I thought our intention and line speed were fantastic and hoped that from this showdown we would get our rewards at the end of the game.

“Unfortunately when you lose the penalty count 10-4 and have a reset at three it comes back to bite you and we ran out of gas with the amount of defense we did.

“If we show up with the same intention, hopefully we can get it longer next week and, if we can clear a few of those penalties, we’ll give ourselves a good shout.”

Castleford head coach Lee Radford admitted their loss to Warrington was hard to take after now losing consecutive games at the start of the Super League season.

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Castleford head coach Lee Radford admitted their loss to Warrington was hard to take after now losing consecutive games at the start of the Super League season.

Castleford head coach Lee Radford admitted their loss to Warrington was hard to take after now losing consecutive games at the start of the Super League season.

Already without scrum-half Danny Richardson, who fractured his neck against Salford, Castleford lost second rowers Kenny Edwards and Alex Sutcliffe with calf and throat injuries respectively.

Powell added that England prop Mike Cooper missed the match for Warrington due to illness, while center Connor Wrench is to undergo scans after injuring his back in training.




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