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SPIRIT of 55: Warrington Wolves, vampire slayers
7:50am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Wolves news
ALTHOUGH each team knew their season would still be alive if they lost, both played as if their lives depended on it.
Right from the start defences were quick out of the blocks, or offside depending on what viewpoint you took.
Whatever the reason, there wasn’t much space to play in and any yards gained were going to be hard-fought.
Creative magic from Briers conjured up the first try for Westwood, who gathered up the teasing grubber kick and forced his way to the line.
Then Rob Burrow took over.
He might look out of place on a rugby league field, running around like a Jack Russell tormenting a gang of Rottweilers, but he gets defenders reaching and grabbing for him rather than getting as close to him as they would like.
Out of almost nothing he created two tries to give Leeds a four point lead.
But few players had as instant and as long lasting effect as Michael Monaghan did on this game after coming on around the 25 minute mark.
His first involvement was to jump from acting half back, engage the Leeds defence then miss Morley out with a pass that sent Grix racing through a gap.
Grix’s elaborate dummy finished off a fantastic try that gave Wire a lead they would never surrender.
Westwood was generously given benefit of the doubt for his second try and earlier Briers had even more generously been allowed to stay on the field after punching Carl Ablett.
All-in-all though Wire thoroughly deserved this resounding victory, as particularly in the second half they dominated and controlled Leeds.
Westwood scored two more to take his tally to four, Briers got the try his performance deserved and Atkins rounded off the scoring by pouncing on a mistake and once again the Leeds ‘Vampires’ had been rendered powerless in the sun.
Warrington’s pack won their battle down the middle, helping Briers to control the game and out-perform the Leeds halfbacks.
Michael Monaghan’s magical performance was the most pleasing aspect though.
A week off and ‘ClubCall’ may be dubious honours, but to be at home in a semi-final is great for all concerned with the club.
Time, too, for composure and confidence to be at their highest, the two toughest wins are still needed to end the wait.
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