Monaghan can’t wait for Carney clash

Warrington winger Joel Monaghan is eagerly anticipating matching up against his old friend Justin Carney, when the Wolves face Castleford this week.

The Tigers head into the play-off eliminator on the back of a heavy defeat to St Helens, but Monaghan is anticipating a backlash.

“They’ve got some quality players and it looks like I’ll be up against my old mate from back home in Justin Carney,” he said.

“He’s a quality player and he’s been one of their best this year. He’s a good fella as well, and a mate of mine.

“It should be good, and to be both playing in the semi-finals should be pretty special.

“I played with him for about five years in Canberra. I speak to him a couple of times a week.

“It’s good to see him doing well. He had a few injuries back home, including a real serious leg break, so it’s good to see him over here killing it.

“I can’t wait.”

Mongahan also expects the Tigers to be fired up after a few weeks of poor form.

“They’re obviously struggling a bit for form, but I think at their home ground they’re a different beast,” he said.

“It’s got the makings of a great game. Both teams like to attack, and hopefully we can get out there and get the job done.

“I think after a few weeks they were a surprise package, but they’ve been consistently doing well so they’re no longer that.

“They’re a well-coached, high-quality team, so they’ll bounce back from their performance at the weekend.

“They really gave it to us when we played them at theirs over the Easter break – personally, I think that was the most embarrassing performance of our year.

“Hopefully we can go there and right that this week.”

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