Warrington Win Pulsating Game Against Penrith
By David Jervis
Good team performance with some excellent individual efforts
Warrington 2nd XV 36 Penrith 2nd XV 24
In a pulsating game which saw a total of ten tries, Warrington came out victors by 36-24. Although there some outstanding individual efforts, the win was a result of excellent teamwork, with forwards and backs combining well.
Belying their lowly position at second from the bottom in the league, Penrith started well and put Warrington under pressure. But it was the home side who scored first, against the run of play, when skipper Craig Byrne crossed for a trademark try, muscling over from 15 yards. Andy Almond converted. Penrith responded almost immediately when their robust pack drove over between the posts and the conversion leveled the scores. Unfortunately, the visitors were reduced to 14 men when their open side flanker was dismissed for illegal use of the head and Warrington took advantage when Luke Turner dashed over but Penrith were quick to answer when a second forwards’ try once again leveled the scores.
On the stroke of half time, Warrington went back into the lead courtesy of a great individual effort from the young tyro Tom McEniff, who kicked ahead in his own 22, before kicking on three times and then picking up and outpacing the Penrith full back to score between the posts to allow Andy Almond an easy conversion.
Ten minutes into the second period, good work from the Warrington pack, where Ty Hamblett was outstanding, turned over possession in their own 22 and, once again, Tom McEniff scooted over from long distance. Penrith then ruled the roost for twenty minutes, scoring two tries in the process, one converted, to level the scores once again. However, the game was settled when Will Maudesly ran in two tries in the closing quarter.
This was yet another good team performance,” was the summing up of skipper Craig Byrne. “Hopefully we can maintain this when we travel to Sandbach next week.”