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IT'S MY VIEW: We've become accustomed to better
MIDWAY through the second half of Wolves’ defeat to Wigan Warriors I was asked when was the last time Warrington were ‘nilled’?
Moments later the statistic wasn’t needed courtesy of Gene Ormsby’s interception try but it summed up the mood of the night.
Tony Smith’s men never looked like making a break, never mind crossing the whitewash from one of their own moves.
They were disorganised with the ball at times, the kicking game wasn’t anywhere near good enough, nobody was barking out orders and it was both painful and bland to watch.
Even the most ardent of supporters have told me they’ve switched off this year instead of being engrossed in the game and club they love.
Was it really only three seasons ago that Wolves posted their highest ever points total in one season?
It is certainly an untimely reminder of the influence Lee Briers and Brett Hodgson had on Wolves’ attacking play.
Finger of blame is currently being pointed at half backs Richie Myler and Gareth O’Brien for lack of creativity and poor execution in kicking, but to be fair they rarely had possession of note when it was their time to shine in the opposition’s half due to the amount of knock ons and obstructions committed.
However, clearly there are issues in attack, despite the defensive strength growing with each game.
The four points posted against Wigan was Wolves’ lowest in 10 years at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, and it follows games against top-four rivals in which only eight points were scored against St Helens and 12 points against Leeds Rhinos.
This is not what primrose and blue fans have become accustomed to and perhaps it should not come as a surprise that attendances have dropped.
I think everyone understands how difficult it is to start again without Briers and Hodgson, but when there’s little spark to go with the determination down the middle it is a concern.
Hopefully things will change with Matty Russell, who has been short on match fitness, finally being ready to get a start at Huddersfield.
The way he explodes as a runner out of dummy half and with kick returns could be just the catalyst that this hard-working side needs in the creativity department.
His inclusion would also tunr up the heat in the half backs, where three into two won't fit. So Richie Myler, Gareth O'Brien and Stefan Ratchford will all have a fight on their hands.
I think Ratchford should be given his opportunity at stand off, having been given the number six shirt but so far finding himself at full back during Russell's absence and staggered comeback from the ankle injury that affected his fitness.
And I’d like to see Brad Dwyer introduced too because he goes off like a firework in a way that Wolves are currently missing.
He earned praise from his boss during pre-season friendlies for his devastating work with the ball in shredding defences, and current number nine Micky Higham admitted before the campaign got started that the young Wiganer really is piling on the pressure on him and Michael Monaghan.
But, despite spending time on loan in a Huddersfield Giants team that finished top of the league last year, he's not been seen in primrose and blue yet in this Super League campaign.
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