SUNDAY'S victory at St Helens was certainly one Warrington Wolves fans will remember for some time.

The Wire ran out 31-8 victors at the Totally Wicked Stadium to end a seven-game losing streak against their neighbours and advance to the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

As such, we reached out to our Guardian Fan Panel members for their thoughts and two of them - Rob Croston and Louis Banks - were kind enough to respond.

Here is what they had to say about the game...


WHERE do you start with a performance like that?

It was a performance to saviour and for Wire fans, a moment of history!

Going into the week, all the talk was “you won’t beat Saints at Saints…”

You always have to believe and Wire fans might still be pinching themselves after that, but under the new coaching regime, anything is possible.

Wire started well enough and got on top when it mattered, matching everything that was thrown at them by a Saints pack twice the size of their own.

It was a true test of how far Wire had come – could they compete? They not only competed, they put down a massive marker and a real statement of intent.

Every single tackle, every single forced error showed what Wire wanted to do and how they wanted to play.

George Williams’ try-saving tackle typified the effort but every single player on that pitch had a role and a part to play.

They stood up to a man and showed what they are capable of.

There is always time for a bit of a show of skill, but you do it at the right time and get your rewards.

Matty Ashton’s aerobatics showed this in abundance – this try was the result of good pressure on the Saints line, which goes to show if you are patient you take chances at the right time.

Wire will now put this game to bed and focus on the next game, with Leigh Leopards coming to town. Wire are already proving that they are not getting carried away and making sure they keep focusing on the game ahead.

If Wire keep turning up for each other, the sky is the limit after a real performance for the ages!


GOING into this game, we were thinking this would be a true measure of how far we’ve come under big Sam.

And wow – what a game!

Another monster team performance – everyone played their part, we got stuck into Saints from the first set and never let them off the hook.

The forwards ran strong and hard, George again ran the show and out in another man of the match performance, but Jimmy Harrison couldn’t have been far behind him!

Big Sam is showing how a new way of coaching works for the modern player – I think the days of beasting people and talking down are long gone.