Spirit of 55, AKA Wire fan Rob Watson, provides his thoughts on Warrington's round two win against Leigh Centurions at St Helens

THAT was certainly a lot more fun to watch.

Winning the battle down the middle, allowing them to play quicker and create space out wide.

That they were able to take advantage of that space with some slick handling made it even more fun to watch.

Most pleasingly of all they did look like a team who accepted that the previous performance was not good enough and were intent on doing something about it, rather than feeling sorry for themselves.

Starting the match this week Daryl Clark was able to help the team go forward right from the outset, always looking like a threat around the play the ball.

On the back of that go forward both half backs looked keen to get involved and control the game.

Widdop in particular enjoyed and took advantage of the space he was afforded.

Currie wreaked havoc all match on the left with a combination of good line running, late offloads and short passes.

He also produced a champagne moment with a lovely little pass through his legs to create one of the late tries.

Ratchford linked up well with the half-backs on several occasions.

All of those factors meant that King and Lineham on the left edge have a fun day out.

All the eye-catching skills came on the back of dominating the collision battle, whether with the ball or without it.

On several occasions the Wire player carrying the ball clearly won his collision, leading to the inevitable quick play the play, while for the majority of the time when defending they did not allow the Leigh players the same advantage.

The three ‘Cs’ of commitment, confidence and cohesion all appeared drastically improved from the previous week’s game.

It would be remiss to not think of the old sporting adage of playing as well as you are allowed to play.

Leigh may prove to be the weakest of the teams in Super League and they will no doubt be unhappy with their performance in this contest.

Looking back on the previous game we should give credit to Castleford for suffocating Wire and taking advantage of their lacklustre performance.

Winning collisions are easier when the other team is not so adept at that battle. Going forward becomes simpler once that collision has been won. When your team is going forward then any decent half back should be able to create space. If that space is not taken away from you then it should result in line breaks and tries.

A much more pleasurable watching experience than the previous week and a commendable effort from the team to correct the flaws in their previous performance.

Until we see them winning the collision battle with top teams, being able to create space when it is not given to them, or being able to take advantage of time and space being afforded to them when it only happens two or three times in the game and being able to score on each occasion, then we will not know how good this Wire team will be.

As they have done for years, they look capable of blowing teams away when they dominate.

Two questions they will be looking to answer in the affirmative will be whether they can dominate more often, and perhaps more importantly can they find a way to win more often when they are not dominant.