Five Point Win After Shaky Start
By Warrington RUFC Webmaster
Warrington return to form
After a flaky first half, Warrington eventually shook off the disappointment of last week’s defeat at Broughton Park to outclass Anselmians with a five-try performance, which takes them back to seventh in North 1 West.
Warrington kicked off with a creative short kick which gave them immediate possession but they were unable to turn this into points. They could have opened their account when Kieran Hughes danced through on the right but the final pass went astray. However, patient forward pressure eventually created an opening for Tom Wood and the elegant stand-off demonstrated his signature show-and-go to glide through for the first score. Darren Norman converted.
A chance to go further ahead was missed when Darren Norman was strangely wide with an easy penalty but ten minutes later the full back made no mistake from near the touchline to take his side into a 10-0 lead. Max Caldwell was unucky not to increase the lead after a strong run but Anselmians struck back on the stroke of half time with a simple penalty.
Five minutes after the restart, a ground-breaking run from Kieran Hughes was exploited by the forwards, who pressurized the Anselmians’ line until Tom Wood again used his show-and-go skills to cross for his second try. Darren Norman added the extras. Ten minutes later, it was once again Kieran Hughes who made the initial break, supported by Dan Fleming, who, with Phil Lynch, made the hard yards all afternoon. The final pass was snapped up by Ben Dixon and the winger crossed in the corner.
Anselmians were then made to suffer for their insolence when Chris White, whom they had labelled “pudding” crashed over to finish off a forward drive. The restart did not travel 10 metres and from the resultant scrum on the halfway line, Steve Pilkington ghosted through the opposition defence for a brilliant individual effort, which Darren Norman converted.
Following a crunching tackle from Warrington’s baby-face assassin Tom McEnniff, Warrington’s forwards once more marched into Anselmians’ territory and Chris White ensured that they had a double helping of pre-Christmas pudding when he crossed for his second try. Although Anselmians managed to engineer a late try, the game was already won and Warrington had claimed a much-needed five points.
“It was good to see us regain our form after last week,” commented coach Andy Roberts. “However, next Saturday we have another mountain to climb when we entertain local rivals Northwich, who are currently third in the league, eight points above us. It should be some game.”