League Express columnist Garry Schofield reveals his tip for Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves tomorrow night…
Cas are shot now and they don’t have another performance in them this season. Everything went wrong for them at St Helens and their forwards were completely unable to get on top.
The halves, who have been so good this season, weren’t up to playing behind a beaten pack of forwards, which is very hard to do at the best of times, and they couldn’t create anything.
As for the rest of the backs, Luke Dorn has been very disappointing in the last six weeks. And the other outside backs can’t do anything because of the lack of creativity in the middle. They’ve gone into their shell a little, and I don’t know why they’ve gone away from what’s got them their success all season. In a nutshell, they’ve bottled it.
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On Saturday, Widnes couldn’t have played any better in the first half, and Warrington couldn’t have played any worse. The Wolves will take a lot of heart that they were able to stay in the game when things were going wrong. The second half was then the complete opposite as Wire’s big guns really showed up and got them out of the mess.
How Joel Monaghan never made the Dream Team I’ll never know. Chris Bridge was outstanding too, as was Michael Monaghan, and Ben Harrison at prop has now found his position. But it’s James Laithwaite who has really caught my eye. He has been the find of the season. He’s been fantastic and he has a huge future in the game.
Some wouldn’t rule out Warrington going all the way. In recent weeks they’ve been outstanding against Saints, as they were for 40 minutes against Wigan, which is no mean feat. And then after a dreadful start they had enough about them to turn things around in a tricky local derby in a play-off.
They’ll have too much for the Tigers, despite being the away team.
Tip: Warrington by 14