SPIRIT OF '55: Wolves are like a box of chocolates

Albert Naughton, the last Warrington captain to lift the Championship trophy in 1955

Albert Naughton, the last Warrington captain to lift the Championship trophy in 1955

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LIKE Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, this has been a season of never knowing what you're going to get.

So despite Wakefield's lowly position in the league and Warrington's excellent performance against Saints the previous week, we still didn't have a clue what might be about to happen.

With both Monaghan brothers and Waterhouse missing for one reason or another, the team had a particularly youthful look to it.

Unlike last week it was their opponents who got off to the fast start, Wakefield applying pressure and forcing some drop outs.

Warrington withstood that without conceding any points before gradually asserting their own dominance.

The first try signalled the start of that dominance, but it came out of the blue from a tap on their own 20 metre line, the ball was quickly switched to the left, allowing Atkins to race clear, Ratchford got his reward for supporting on the inside by scoring the try.

The lead remained at six points for a long time despite Warrington clearly looking the better side.

It took another outbreak of the attacking chaos that they do so well to create the next try.

Around the half way line Ratchford faked a kick on the last tackle and broke through the line, it appeared the whole Wolves team flooded forward in support and slick handling allowed Currie to race over in the corner.

Currie did excellently all game and looked comfortable in his new first team position of centre, he added the third try as well as Warrington looked to be targeting the left side of Wakefield's defence.

Ormsby also somehow sneaked over for a try in that corner on the stroke of half time.

The second half followed much the same pattern, Warrington on top but the tries not coming straight away.

Ultimately though it was the sort of performance that has been missing from this season so far, a comfortable, composed and confident looking performance against a team they are 'meant' to beat.

Individually it was good to see Ben Harrison produce his most energetic performance for a long time, hopefully he's back to full fitness, and when Myler came on for the last 20 minutes he looked lively and determined to get his starting place back.

His try at the end following an excellent break and kick from Currie was a good way to end an extremely satisfying performance.

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