THERE were around 400 Warrington Wolves fans in France to watch their side kick off the new Super League season, with many more watching on at home.

And as part of our returning “Fan Panel” feature, we asked our panellists for their thoughts on the game and for a look ahead to Friday’s Round Two clash with Hull FC at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Here is what panel members Rob Croston, Louis Banks and Mark Robinson had to say…


Saturday was the night pencilled into all Warrington fans’ diaries – Round One of Super League and the start of another ‘new era’ this time being led by the legendary Sam Burgess.

It couldn’t have been a tougher assignment for Wire to travel across to last year’s beaten Grand Finalists Catalans Dragons.

Wire set out of the blocks with real intent and purpose, every tackle going in, every big shot, Wire fans taking in their new-look defence.

Similarly in attack, Wire started off quick with ball in hand, utilising quick play the balls and generating quick line speed.

Wire were getting their just rewards, and a new teenage sensation is one the lips of the Warrington public in the shape of 17-year-old year old Arron Lindop, who couldn’t have asked for a better debut, scoring in sensational style to give Wire a lead they deserved.

However, Wire might need to have a look at certain areas of their game going forward after having their pockets picked just before half time by a Jordan Abdull kick and then failing to close Catalans out and respect the ball after Catalans had a man sent off.

The Wire players will know themselves that they have made errors and were not smart enough with ball in hand. Like anything in life, you have to show you have learnt from your mistakes and put a more positive showing the next time out.

I get the frustrations as supporters that we want things to happen instantly but I’m pretty confident Wire will click into gear and show us what we have all been waiting to see.

We need a good response on Friday against a Hull FC side who could be a few players light.

Come on Wire – give the fans a performance to savour and talk about for the positive reasons.


Did anyone expect us to go to Catalans and win?

I did, but I am not disappointed in the loss.

We played as a team – something we have not seen for a number of years. Everyone battled together.

Yes, we did not get the result but the performance was much better, we will improve as the season goes on.

Looking at Hull, we should be much more comfortable on Friday if we stick together and play together!


Disappointed we lost but it was a game that we looked better in defeat than a lot of the matches last season.

As for the game itself, at times we looked great defensively until the miscommunication between Dufty and Lindop, I think if could have gone in at half time ahead, I would have fancied us in the second half.

We clearly need to sort the discipline out especially in the marker position – we often got pinged for that – and our attack sometimes looked clunky.

No one really stood out for me but also, no one was really poor.

On to Hull, I would like to see Josh Thewlis back in the team and I’m expecting Hull will be missing a couple of props so should give us a good chance but let’s not get complacent.

Hull looked bad last week and they too will be looking to be better. Wire by 10.