Warrington Well Beaten At Manchester
By David Jervis
Next few results now very important
Manchester 22 Warrington 0
The beauty of North 1 West is that that, on the day, every team can beat every other. In their last game, Manchester were beaten by relegation contenders Anselmians but on Saturday they trounced Warrington by 32-0. The result moves Manchester above Warrington who now drop to 10th, - just above the relegation zone.
Manchester soon got points on the board, when they drove over after just five minutes and the conversion saw them seven points adrift. Warrington came close to replying following a scintillating break fro Keiran Hughes but the centre was hauled down just short. However, Warrington were pinned back in their own half, thanks to excellent touch finding from Manchester’s Samoan sevens player Jay Saena, who eventually extended the host’s lead with a penalty from 35 yards.
The international cemtre then broke through the Warrington defence to set up a second try, which he converted and a second penalty took Manchester into a 20-0 half time lead.
Warrington started the second period well but the muscular and aggressive Manchester defence proved unbreachable and when Manchester were awarded a series of penalties close to the Warrington line, it was inevitable that they should eventually power over for an unconverted try.
Warrington’s woes were compounded when they were reduced to 14 men when Tom Wood was dismissed after reacting over-enthusiastically to the hassling of the opposition scrum half and, although they continued to defend heroically, Manchester exploited their numerical superiority by scoring a final unconverted try in the corner.
“We were well beaten today,” conceded coach Andy Roberts. “We beat Manchester by 48-22 earlier in the season but the side we faced today was totally different and we didn’t play to our potential. Next week we face Waterloo at home, in a game we must win.”