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A case for the defence
12:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
Vale of Lune 57
WARRINGTON coach Darren Abram believes his side can learn from a heavy defeat to North One West league-leaders Vale of Lune at Lancaster on Saturday.
A Matt Rockey try and two penalties from the centre were all the visitors had to show as Vale of Lune ran in 57 points.
However, Abram believes defeat to the league heavyweights has highlighted where his side need to improve.
“We had good scoring chances in the first half and, last season, we would have snapped these up,” he said. “However, defence wins games and our second half was a catalogue of missed tackles which allowed Vale to benefit from their broken field running. “We knew it was going to be tough this year and Vale have been a top side in this division for the last couple of seasons. “We will learn from this and work hard in training to improve.” Warrington ruled possession and enjoyed their best set piece statistics for two years in the first half, but allowed the hosts to score three early tries.
The first, five minutes in, came from a quick tap in the Warrington 22, but Rockey replied from Andy Roberts’ delayed pass.
The centre covered 30 yards before throwing a speculative pass inside to find Roberts was on hand to pounce on the ball to touch down. However, Tom Woods’ kick was charged down and converted and Vale added another before Rockey kicked two penalties as Warrington ended the half 21-11 down.
Superb performances from Zak Lythgoe and Kevin Jones, the only survivor from the side’s previous meeting in 2002, could not halt a superb Nicky Royle performance and Vale adding further 36 points following the break.
Rochdale 2nd XV 74
Warrington 2nd XV 0
WARRINGTON’S seconds were well beaten by a well-drilled Rochdale outfit. Despite sterling performances in defence from Tony Fretwell in the backs and John Ward in the forwards, Warrington were unable to stem Rochdale’s attacking tide.
Warrington 3rd XV 25
Anselmians 2nd XV 31
Warrington’s young third string put in a solid performance but came unstuck at home to Anselmians’ seconds.
A three-try blitz in 10 second-half minutes allowed the visitors to take the league points. Haydn Frazer scored twice as Charlie McIlroy and Rhiann Mullen grabbed a try apiece.
Sean McDermott added his signature drop goal and full back McIlroy two conversions, but a costly final 10 minutes handed the visitors the points.
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