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SPIRIT of 55: Momentum is swinging back Wire's way
5:18pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Wolves
AFTER the unfathomable defeat against Widnes, Wire needed to get back on the right side of a momentum swing heading into the play-offs.
For the first 25 minutes or so they completely ‘outenthused’ St Helens to leave them shell shocked and trailing 22-0.
Wire’s high-energy start got the reward it deserved when Harrison half-charging down a kick resulted in them starting a set 30 metres or so away from the Saints line.
A few plays later Briers floated a delightful kick over the Saints defence to the corner, where Joel Monaghan plucked it out of the air and grounded the ball in one motion for the first try.
Off the next set Harrison was put through a gap by Ratchford and although Saints scrambled back to prevent a try, they were hopelessly stretched.
As a result, on the next play Evans took advantage of being given the sort of space that all centres love to be in, scoring the second try.
The third try best summed up the collective desire of the Wire team, Briers’ grubber kick towards the posts being chased by around half a dozen in primrose and blue but ultimately leading to a try from Higham.
The last try of the opening burst came off another kick, Grix’s grubber ricocheting perfectly for Waterhouse to easily score.
Before half time Saints scored a couple of tries to get back into the match, meaning any thoughts of a runaway Wire win had to be shelved.
At the start of the second half Saints gradually got on top and another try got them within six points.
After the breathtaking brilliance of the start Wire now had to show other admirable fighting qualities.
All the momentum was with Saints and Wire’s line defence, belief and fighting spirit were all put to the test.
Impressively all three passed with flying colours.
Saints never really looked like getting the equalising score and when Wire finally managed to get near the Saints’ try line Briers kicked a drop goal barely a foot above the posts.
That one point seemed to take away any last remnants of faith Saints had left in their ability to comeback.
To rubber stamp the win, Carvell pinched a try by somehow beating Jonny Lomax to a grubber kick.
A top two finish was guaranteed and Wire looking like a classy thoroughbred perfectly primed for the classic race.
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