In­jury to Austin adds to Wolves woe

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport - By Ross Hep­pen­stall at the Hal­li­well Jones Sta­dium

Blake Austin’s agony at War­ring­ton’s Su­per League ti­tle dream be­ing killed off was ex­ac­er­bated by a knee in­jury that could see the Aus­tralian play­maker miss Great Bri­tain’s au­tumn tour of the south­ern hemi­sphere.

The 28-year-old dam­aged me­dial lig­a­ments dur­ing the first half and was re­placed by the Wolves at half­time, cast­ing huge doubt over his Look­ing grim: War­ring­ton’s Blake Austin was forced to go off with a knee in­jury in­volve­ment in the in­ter­na­tion­als for Wayne Ben­nett’s Lions.

War­ring­ton, who lifted the Chal­lenge Cup last month but won just one of their last nine league games, have not been crowned cham­pi­ons since 1955 and their hopes for an­other sea­son are now over. Yet Castleford can look for­ward to a trip to Wi­gan or Sal­ford in the sec­ond round of the play-offs next week.

A close-fought and of­ten er­rorstrewn af­fair was ul­ti­mately de­cided by a penalty goal by Peter Matu’utia, al­though the Tigers, miss­ing eight first-team reg­u­lars, did not care how their vic­tory was de­liv­ered. “We be­lieved we could win tonight – I’m not sure any­body else did – and there is a be­lief that we can keep shock­ing peo­ple,” said the Castleford coach, Daryl Pow­ell.

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