Roberts: The better side doesn’t always win

Roberts: The better side doesn’t always win

Roberts: The better side doesn’t always win

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Widnes 26
Warrington 20

WARRINGTON salvaged a losing bonus point from an entertaining contest at Widnes, but were unable to find the win.

The visitors were three points behind in the dying moments, but a Widnes penalty secured victory in rugby union’s North One West.

“I thought we were the better side,” said coach Andy Roberts. “But that’s rugby. The better side doesn’t always win.

“Our pack provided more than enough possession and our ball-retention was the best I’ve seen all season.

“We now have to take this level of performance into our next important match, which is against Wigton at home.”

Widnes scored a converted try inside 10 minutes.

Pat Roberts replied with a penalty, before Jake Ashall went over. Roberts converted and soon added another penalty.

Widnes scored another try and then broke from their own 22 but were foiled by the basketball skills of Joe Wilson, only to reform and score in the corner.

Warrington scored the only try of the second half through Ashley Rockey.

Warrington 2nd 31 Broughton Park 2nd 33

WARRINGTON’S second team suffered a narrow loss at home to Broughton Park.

“We must put this down as the one that got away,” said coach Stewart Coleman.

“We did superbly well to come back from 19-point half time deficit but at the same time, we have only ourselves to blame for allowing the opposition to build up such a lead.”

Luke Johnstone, Dee Mann, Matt Rockey, Ryan Preston and skipper Andy Almond all went over for Warrington.

Warrington 3rd 50 Christleton 3

THE third team continued their promotion challenge with a win at Christleton.

“Another outstanding team performance,” said captain Shaun McDermott. “With outstanding individual contributions from young pup Ben Hockenhall and Jon Bennett, the cornerstone of our powerful scrum.”

Three tries from Paul MacKay and Christian White and scores from Craig Davies and Jayesh Kerai completed the rout.

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