Injury to Austin adds to Wolves woe
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.