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SPIRIT of 55: One to forget
9:35am Monday 19th August 2013 in Wolves news
LIKE a bridesmaid at a wedding reception, sometimes you have to acknowledge that a party isn’t about you.
This is a match that Wire fans and players will want to forget as quickly as possible, while it will be one that will long live in the memories of those in the Widnes camp.
It was a classic case of an underdog victory in so many ways.
Firstly the weather was perfect for Widnes because, despite improvements this year, rain produces the condition that makes Wire struggle the most.
Then as the night progressed it became clear that Widnes were producing probably their best performance of the season at the same time that Warrington were producing one of their worst, especially with ball in hand.
The final ingredient for the upset was Warrington being dragged into a close contest and more importantly letting that affect their composure and confidence.
For a large part of the match Wire were in front, but they were playing with a look of a team who were behind and desperately trying to get back into the game.
Maybe that was because they felt they should have been a long way ahead on the scoreboard and so even a winning position felt like a losing one.
Despite having much the better field position on the night and probably edging the amount of possession too, Wire never looked like running away with the contest.
Somehow one of the worst defences in the league went from farcically bad to a performance worthy of a championship winning team, probably for one night only.
Even when Cahill was sent off for a high swinging arm on Hodgson, a challenge that probably even Cahill’s mum would’ve shown him a red card for, Widnes seemed to use that as a reason to pull together even more.
It was just one more bit of adversity for them to overcome to make it a magical night for the team and their supporters.
Widnes showed that teams near the bottom of the league don’t need the threat of relegation to produce a great performance late in the season, while also making their performance in conceding 72 points at Hull recently seem even more unforgiveable.
This win at their local rivals will be their highlight and their Grand Final, Warrington still have a great chance to have the ultimate highlight in the real Grand Final.
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