Everyone who was there will remember last season's 0-0 draw away at a wet and muddy Leigh - a game that has some claim to be one of the most satisfying of recent seasons due to the sheer bloody minded refusal of either team to let the other score.
Today was absolutely nothing like that at all.
It would be easy to run away with the idea that these two sides just couldn't be bothered with all that defensive stuff this morning and just decided to collude in a mad caper that resulted in 18 tries in 70 minutes - roughly a try every 4 minutes. And there was a bit of that about it... but I suspect that once we see the video the tackle count was actually very high - it was far more a case of teams with a lot of attacking intent between them deciding to enjoy themselves on glorious autumn morning that could have been designed with free running rugby in mind.
Neither Warrington nor Mold has a particularly big pack and both teams play a similar game - fast rucking forwards trying to create space for inventive and pacy backlines. Warrington scored first after just two minutes, but three minutes later Mold scored to make it 5-7. After that is was tit for tat. 19 all after 20 minutes, 33-26 at half time, 40-38 at the 50 minute mark, and then 47-43 with 15 minutes to go. Only then did Warrington begin to get the upper hand as our forwards tired slightly more slowly than the opposition and more space began to open up down the flanks for our three quarter line to exploit. Four unanswered tries in the final quarter lent a gloss to the scoreline that probably flattered us, but in the end the fitness of the team showed and the backs were ruthless in taking advantage.
Final score 75-43.
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