Warrington Hang Tough Against Giants


It could be your year. After the trauma of a challenge cup final defeat, two weeks ago this was a victory of determination and there was passion about this wolves performance

This victory secured a top four finish for Warrington as they open up an eight point gap over the Giants with just three games to go. At this moment in time they are going to have to do battle with Wigan or St Helens to reach the Grand final and that is not beyond the realms of possibility.

Huddersfield pushed Warrington all the way and a first half hat-rick from Jake Mamo was just reward for a determined effort. For the opening try Mamo got onto the end of a short ball to squeeze in at the corner.

Warrington soon replied when Kiwi international Bryson Goodwin cut inside with speed to leave the Huddersfield defence in limbo.

A Danny Brough penalty for the Giants levelled up the scores before a loose ball was picked up by Michael Lawrence who fed Mamo for a blistering 75 meter score.

Ryan Atkins responded with a bulldozing run close to the line. With remarkable strength Atkins fended off three defenders before grounding the ball for the four points. Tyrone Roberts converted to give the Wolves a narrow 12-10 lead.

Mamo scored his treble straight from a scrum in the warrington quarter and that gave the visitors a 14-12 half time lead.

In a tight opening second half Stefan Ratchford took the initiative with a beautiful run of deception and speed to score under the sticks.

With Warrington in the ascendancy a lovely passing movement across field saw Harvey Livett feed Tom Lineham for the winger to dive in the corner in spectacular fashion. Roberts made the conversion from the touchline to give the Wolves a 22-14 lead.

However a superb run down field by the Giants young star Innes Senior  and a beautiful pass from Brough to Gaskell resulted in another well worked try and with the ever youthful Danny Brough adding the conversion it was a two point game.

On 67 minutes Goodwin took a lovely high ball from roberts followed by a Jake Wardle score after a precision grabber kick from Lee Gaskell.

Two missed kicks from Danny Brough ensured a warrington victory in this tight and tense encounter. Coach Steve Price will be relieved that the game was not lost in the closing stages as this was one hard fought victory

Warrington: Ratchford; Lineham, Goodwin, T. King, Charnley; Brown, Roberts; Hill, Clark, Cooper, Hughes, Atkins, Livett.

Replacements: Philbin, G King, Patton, Pomeroy.

Huddersfield: Rankin; Mamo, Turner, Wardle, Senior; Gaskell, Brough; Ta'ai, O'Brien, Matagi, Mellor, Roberts, Hinchcliffe.

Replacements: Leeming, Lawrence, Clough, Smith


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