Pictures Eddie Whitham
WARRINGTON Wolves are now six points clear of third place after beating previous nearest challengers Castleford 26-14 on Friday night.
They trailed through Cory Aston’s early try, but tries from Mike Cooper and Toby King helped Warrington to a 14-6 half-time lead.
Castleford’s hopes were dented by an injury to influential hooker Paul McShane, adding to an already hefty injury list.
Within five minutes of the second half, the game was all but done as a contest as King’s second and Ben Currie’s try gave Warrington a commanding lead.
Two tries in three minutes from Tuoyo Egodo and Greg Minikin gave the Tigers some hope, but both conversions were missed and the 12 point deficit remained until the final hooter.
The Tigers had a late try chalked off by the video referee, while new recruit Cheyse Blair failed to have an impact on debut.
Castleford: Mata’utia; Egodo, Minikin, Blair, Eden; Ashton, Trueman; Watts, McShane, Maher, Clarkson, McMeeken, Massey. Interchanges: Milner, Clark, Turner, Smith.
Warrington: Ratchford, Johnson, Atkins, Austin, Patton, King, Charnley, Hill, D Clark, Cooper, Currie, Hughes, Davis. Interchanges: J Clark, Livett, Philbin, Akauola.