FOR many Warrington Wolves fans, watching their team has become a little like ‘Groundhog Day.’

Like the critically-acclaimed 1993 film, the same thing tends to happen when they take the field – they do a lot of things right but when the time comes to be incisive, they too often fall short.

Had those age-old problems not surfaced again, they would surely have been returning from Hull with two points as opposed to being content with one.

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This game will be remembered in history for its outcome – the first ever drawn Super League match involving golden point extra time – but perhaps not for the attacking prowess of either side.

Hull could point to being without one of their first-choice half-backs in Josh Reynolds, but as followers of The Wire know this problem is not a new one for them.

Having edged the arm-wrestle of a first half thanks to the good work of their forwards, they could not capitalise.

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If their execution had been better, they would have been comfortably ahead at the break and in a position to control the rest of the game.

Those chances went begging, though, and it looked set to cost them thanks to Jordan Lane finding the same gap in the Wire defence twice to set up tries for Jake Connor and Carlos Tuimavave.

Hull had targeted the Warrington right and Josh Griffin versus Jake Mamo was a physical mismatch, but it was those inside him and Josh Thewlis that should have been doing better to stop Lane from getting through.

Indeed, The Wire were not only indebted to Mamo for his on-the-hooter try to save them from defeat but for a crucial, try-saving intervention with the score still at 2-2.

And then there was golden point.

If there was to be an advert for this being the way to decide games, the flustered and panicked 10 minutes both sides served up was not it.

With two marquee half-backs on the field, you would expect Warrington to have managed that period so much better in terms of actually keeping things calm as well as being able to slot over a drop goal.

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And therein lies the problem – the two tries Warrington scored owed everything to individual brilliance from Mamo and Daryl Clark for his outrageous offload to set up Chris Hill rather than anything that was created.

One thing that is for sure is that if they are to fulfil their lofty ambitions, they cannot rely on that alone.

We were told a full and healthy would see things being knitted together much better in attack and there have been signs, but the majority of the evidence presented so far suggests more of the same.

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. The first ever golden point draw in Super League

. The first ever Super League game involving Warrington to go to golden point

. First try of 2021 for Chris Hill

. Josh Thewlis makes first competitive appearance of the season


Super League, Round Three

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Hull FC...14 Warrington Wolves...14

Hull: Jake Connor; Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Adam Swift; Ben McNamara, Marc Sneyd; Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Andre Savelio, Jordan Lane, Joe Cator. Subs: Brad Fash, Jack Brown, Josh Bowden, Cameron Scott

Wolves: Stefan Ratchford; Josh Charnley, Jake Mamo, Toby King, Josh Thewlis; Blake Austin, Gareth Widdop; Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Jack Hughes, Ben Currie, Matt Davis. Subs: Joe Philbin, Jason Clark, Danny Walker, Robbie Mulhern

Scoring: Sneyd penalty, 25mins, 2-0; Ratchford penalty, 31mins, 2-2; Connor try, 56mins, Sneyd goal, 8-2; Hill try, 60mins, Ratchford goal, 8-8; Tuimavave try, 70mins, Sneyd goal, 14-8; Mamo try, 80mins, Widdop goal, 14-14

Penalties: Hull 5 Wolves 5

Referee: Robert Hicks