SPIRIT OF 55: A highly energetic performance that saw Wire completely dominate down the middle

Albert Naughton, the last Warrington captain to lift the championhip trophy

Albert Naughton, the last Warrington captain to lift the championhip trophy

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LAST year Wire were outenthused by Widnes, not once but twice.

This year they were determined to not let history repeat itself.

A highly energetic performance saw Wire completely dominate down the middle and in just about every collision.

Whether it was big players showing excellent power and leg drive, or smaller, quicker players using excellent footwork, Wire made impressive yardage down the middle.

One thing all players had in common was the willingness to carry the ball with the intent of helping their team’s cause, not just to go through the motions of getting through one of the six tackles.

One good run makes the next one easier, and Widnes were powerless to stop the momentum.

All that dominance down the middle gave new half-back pairing O’Brien and Ratchford space and time to play in and both made the most of it.

O’Brien produced his most confident display of the season. His scoring of the opening try was reward for his willingness to run at the defensive line, crashing over after four minutes.

Barely five minutes later he showed great vision to set up a try for Joel Monaghan with a perfectly weighted grubber kick to the corner.

Michael Monaghan pinched a try between the posts from acting half back and the game had been blown wide open within the first twenty minutes.

The focal point of any team going forward down the middle is usually their hookers and Warrington have two excellent ones who both had great games on this occasion.

It was Higham’s burst down the middle from his own half that set up the fourth try, scored by Bridge just after the half hour mark.

Four more tries came in the second half, the first three scored by graduates from the youth system, one where Ben Currie collected a ricochet from his own grubber kick close to the line and two for Rhys Evans.

The final try was created by Rhys’ twin Ben, who might be destined for a career of being over shadowed by his flashier sibling, but has been excellent at a time when Wire have definitely needed some new front rowers. His ball steal and subsequent offload to Atkins were top class.

They are showing signs of being a streaky team. Once they start scoring they are difficult to stop aned hopefully this will be the start of a long winning streak.

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4:43pm Mon 21 Apr 14

realistic southstander says...

You must be joking! Widnes were absolute garbage. Castleford will be a better guideline for any progress.
You must be joking! Widnes were absolute garbage. Castleford will be a better guideline for any progress. realistic southstander
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