As if we had never been away, summer passes, things change, but one thing remains.
With some old faces missing and new ones on show the season began as it had finished, a victory over Waterloo.
A little disjointed and with a few too many mistakes for coach Beeley’s liking, but the result was never really in doubt.
The army of Waterloo coaches will certainly have to go back to drawing board, maybe even take on a few more recruits, not that their effort wasn’t there, they were just unable to live with the go forward of the away teams forwards and the speed and strength of the backs.
After taking an early lead the home side seemed to struggle with the speed and strength of the away team, with mistakes a plenty it didn’t take long for Warrington to draw level, the home side No.10 dropping the ball on his own line and from ensuing melee Joe Stewart dropped on the loose ball to register the first points of the season, followed by a fine conversion from JP.
The first half finished 7-7 both teams guilty of errors with possession, Warrington continuously letting Waterloo of the hook.
Warrington started the second half with a bang, a long clearance in midfield from the home side is collected by JP, he finds space on the outside and kicks through into space, the chasing Ollie nudges the ball over the line to touch down, great try. Excellent touch line conversion from James. 7-14.
The next score would prove crucial, a try from Waterloo and its game on,but an away score would surely mean game over, and so it would prove to be.
A fine 40yard marauding run from Kellan provided the base, the forwards were there in support and quick ball from Eddie finds Matthew who spots space a plenty on the right with a deep kick for the chasing Jack, the bounce is good and he out muscles the defence to dive over for an early contender for try on the season.
James is just wide with the touch line effort. 7-19.
The game seemed to take a lull as both teams were feeling the early season tiredness, Waterloo continued to toil away, almost adding to their tally but again the away sides defence held strong. From a Waterloo error the resulting scrum saw Charlie make yards through the middle, quick recycling saw the impressive Kellan charge forward ably assisted by Joe Craven, fast hands saw the ball find Harry who then found Charlie to step inside and dive over for a fine score. Again James slots over the conversion. 7-26.
That saw the final points of the game, both teams taking a thoroughly deserved round of applause at the whistle.
In his post match interview coach Beeley said “ happy with today’s showing, it’s our first run out and the boys did well, we will and can only get better, we have some tough games coming up and if the boys put the effort in at training they will be rewarded, as they were last season. Waterloo have had over 30 lads training per season, we have had between 8 and 12, so to put in a performance like that in week 1 is very satisfying.”