Warrington Disappoint at Waterloo
By David Jervis
Off-form side proves no match for doughty opponents
Waterloo 31 Warrington 3
On a glorious afternoon and on an excellent pitch, the stage was set for a fast and exciting contest. Maybe Waterloo were fast and exciting, particularly in the second half, but the away side provided little in the way of a contest.
The pattern was set early on when Warrington opened smoothly enough and then decided to kick the ball away to their opponents. This ushered in a long period of Waterloo pressure when Warrington’s defence was excellent. They confined the home side to a converted try.
In their best period of the game, Warrington pressed the Waterloo line without being able to breach a well organized defence. Beesley, who threatened whenever he got the ball, nearly scored in the corner but the away side had to settle for a Norman penalty.
Warrington were fortunate to go into half time only 7 – 3 down and the match seemed to be well poised for the second half.
Only Waterloo responded to the half time exhortations. Warrington certainly produced the worst 40 minutes they have managed for a long time. Whereas Waterloo were all bustle and pace, Warrington were strangely subdued. Tries came in a 20 minute burst from the home side, playing with confidence and following the lead of their half backs and an impressive back row. Warrington’s line out creaked, in hand kicking was poor, passes went astray and players and supporters were both longing for the full time whistle.
Even in the last five minutes when Warrington finally laid siege to the Waterloo line, their attack was panicking and much less assured than usual. A final inept piece of play left Warrington tryless for the first time in several seasons.
“Full credit to Waterloo”, said coach Andy Roberts. “They upped their game and ours dropped alarmingly. There’s very little we can take away from this. We must re-think our approach. One poor performance doesn’t make us a poor team. We must improve when we play De La Salle”.