Warrington Back To Winning Ways
By David Jervis
Total recovery from Waterloo glitch with eight try demolition of De La Salle
Warrington 66 De La Salle 0
Fans of open rugby, played at pace, displaying skill and subtle passing were treated to a fine performance against opponents who presented a tough physical challenge.
There was no sign of the lethargy of the previous week as the home side attacked from the start. Establishing an early dominance, a sparkling try from Keiron Hughes, engineered by a resurgent Tom Wood was a sign of things to come. From the resultant kick off excellent work down the left between Jack Hannon, Tom Arnold and Steve Pilkington saw Pilkington scorch over. Darren Norman added the first of his eight conversions. The speedsters then went to work. Nathan Beesley went over twice and Kieron Hughes scored his second after a flowing move to make it 32 -0 at half time.
Playing into a strong wind in the second half, Warrington home side had to dig in against a doughty De La Salle and for twenty minutes their defence was tested.
After a scoreless third quarter the visitors suddenly tired, not helped by them having a player dismissed. Warrington needed no second invitation and Callender opened the floodgates after a strong run. A rolling maul saw Lynch over near the posts.
Tries quickly followed, first from Hughes for his hat trick, and then from Ton McEniff and Steve Pilkington to round off a satisfactory afternoon.
Jack Hannon, back at scrum half, injected much needed pace, allowing Wood to play with more freedom. All the backs, given space, can beat any defence and Lynch and Callender again caught the eye.
“Overall, I have to be pleased with our performance. We were by no means perfect, but we defended well and took most of our chances. We will have to be better still when we visit Penrith on 17th November. This is a very tight league this season. We are currently at seventh, but just just five points separate fourth placed Firwood Waterloo from eleventh place Manchester, ” opined coach Andy Roberts .