We invited Warrington into our half too much, says Castleford’s Holmes

Oliver Holmes.
Oliver Holmes.

In-form Back rower Oliver Holmes admits it was disappointing that Castleford Tigers did not handle the wet conditions against Warrington as well as they had done four days earlier at Wakefield.

The Tigers showed they were adapting to playing in difficult conditions when they beat local rivals Trinity 11-6 in a game played during a torrential downpour, but did not fare so well in the Mend-A-Hose Jungle quagmire on Monday, losing 18-6 to suffer a first home defeat this season.

“Warrington controlled the ball better than us, we were turning it over in tough positions on the field and we invited them into our half a bit too much in the first half,” said Holmes, who has just signed a new two year deal with the Tigers.

“It was a little bit of a knock-off for that try at the end of the first half as well, which didn’t help.

“They played the weather conditions a little bit better than us, which is disappointing after how we’d handled it on Thursday against Wakefield.

“It’s not the Easter weather we’re used to, but we can’t let them be any form of excuse for results or performances.

“The conditions turned it into a defensive game and we’ve let in two soft tries. The one in the corner at the end of the first half was a bit of a knock-off and we haven’t really made them work that hard for it. And Daz Clark going over at the end, that was a bit of a soft one.”

Holmes says he enjoys playing in games like the ones Cas have just had, but he cannot wait for a dryer pitch now.

He said: “It’s defence orientated and you get to get stuck into the opposition, but I’m looking forward to the tracks drying up, it’s been a long winter.

“Our pitch doesn’t really hold water well as you could see with the lakes – I expected to see a duck swimming about in one of them at one point!

“We’re definitely looking forward to getting some dry tracks to play on.”

On his new contract, which has an option of a third year and could see Holmes stay at the Jungle until 2021, he said: “I’m over the moon to have signed a new contract.

“I’m glad Cas have had faith in me and offered me another contract because it was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made to sign.

“Cas is all I’ve known since I left school so I’m happy to be continuing my career here at the Jungle.

“I’ve had a tough couple of years with injuries and I’m fully well over that now. I’m back to training every day and I think that’s shown as Cas has offered me a new deal and shown faith in me that I can get back to my best.

“I felt that at Wakefield it was one of my best performances in the last couple of years.

“I’m looking forward to improving on that and giving a bit back to Cas really.”