THREE players bagged a brace of tries as Warrington Wolves opened their home campaign with a thrashing of Castleford Tigers.

Nathan Roebuck, Tayler Brown and Joe Barnes each crossed twice, while Ellis Longstaff, Daniel Harper and Josh Thewlis also crossed.

Riley Dean, who added six conversions from nine attempts, was at the heart of five of the young Wire tries.

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Cas were swept away at the Victoria Park Stadium on Saturday in much the same way as City of Hull nine days earlier.

Wolves opened the scoring after four minutes when hooker Padraig Anglin-Sheedy ran the ball on the last tackle down the short side and he found centre Roebuck at speed to cross from 10 metres out wide out on the right.

Three minutes later a barnstorming run down the middle by prop forward Jacob Chamberlain split the Tigers defence and in support he found loose forward Brown who raced 40 metres, rounding the full back and handing off two chasing defenders to score at the side of the posts.

Shortly afterwards scrum-half Barnes got the ball at first receiver and ran at the Tigers line before breaking out of three tackles to score on the left.

Just after the midway point of the half a superb offload from Chamberlain found Brown who used his strength to fend off two defenders and score at the side of the posts.

Five minutes before the interval Dean made a break that split the Tigers defence and his long ball inside found Barnes who raced over between the posts for another converted try and a 28-0 lead at half time.

Three minutes into the second half the young Wire moved further ahead when a great step by Dean created a gap and he raced away before kicking ahead into the in-goal area where second row Ellis Longstaff reacted quickest to touchdown his third try in two games.

Six minutes later a bullet pass from Dean found Roebuck who powered over from close range.

The impressive Dean created another try for his side when he broke clear and as he got close to the line he managed to offload superbly to substitute Daniel Harper who crashed over between the posts.

Just after the hour a strong carry from Harper put the Wolves deep into the Tigers half and a long ball from Dean was collected out wide by Roebuck and his inside pass found full back Thewlis who stepped over on the right.

Three minutes from time Castleford managed to score a consolation try when scrum-half Ritchie Westwood found centre Brad Graham and he managed to twist in the tackle and go over wide out on the left. Stand off Jake Sweeting converted.


Wolves: Josh Thewlis; Lewis Hall, Nathan Roebuck, Cole Oakley, Henry Collins; Riley Dean, Joe Barnes; Jack Wright, Padraig Anglin-Sheedy, Jacob Chamberlain, Ellis Longstaff, Connor Wrench, Tayler Brown. Subs: George Roby, Jacob Gannon, Daniel Harper, Morgan Burgess.

Tries: Roebuck (4 mins, 49), Brown (7, 21), Barnes (13, 35), Longstaff (43), Harper (54), Thewlis (64).

Goals: Dean 6 from 9

Tigers: Jae Priest; Keanu Bean, Brad Graham, Louis Collinson, Wayne Bannister; Jake Sweeting, Ritchie Westwood; Joe Fella, Brad Jinks, Shay North, Lewis Peachey, Joe Summers, Ben Dobson. Subs: Kian Morgan, Danny Attley, Bob Jowett, Corey Hodgson.

Tries: Graham (77 mins).

Goals: Sweeting 1 from 1

Referee: Alan Billington (Warrington).