Warrington Lose To Douglas In Excellent Open Game
By David Jervis
Warrington snatch Four-try bonus point
Douglas (IOM) 41 Warrington 26
Warrington did well to leave the Isle of Man with a four-try bonus point but still languish at 11th in North 1 West just a single point above Burnage. With just three more games to play, the bonus point could prove important.
After an opening ten minutes where both sides tested each others’ defences, Warrington were the first on the scoreboard when Nathan Beasley once again showed his exceptional speed to run in from half way and touch down under the posts. Darren Norman converted. Douglas soon replied when the referee allowed them to take a quick tap penalty, having refused Warrington a similar opportunity minutes earlier, and their winger scored in the corner.
Douglas then increased their lead when the forwards combined well and set up a good driving try, which was converted, while a penalty just before half time saw them 15-7 ahead at the turn-around.
It didn’t take long for Warrington to reduce the lead. Darren Norman, who was excellent throughout, made a telling break before handing onto Steve Pilkington and the centre finished off with style. Darren Norman’s conversion saw Warrington just one point in arrears. This was to be short-lived as Douglas soon increased their lead when the flashed the ball across the field from a set scrum and their right winger again touched down in the corner for a try which was converted. Not content with their new 8 point lead, Douglas scored again almost immediately to secure their four-try bonus point. Warrington came back when Tom Green crashed over, after patient attacking from his pack and the conversion reduced Douglas’s lead to just six points.
Unfortunately, sloppy play allowed the home side to cross for two more converted tries although Warrington had the last word when that man Beasley touched down for his second try to secure the bonus point.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game,” admitted coach Andy Roberts, “But perhaps the final score was a little flattering to Douglas. I was pleased with the way the lads stepped up today and hopefully we can take the same attitude into our remaining three fixtures.”