February 9th, 2019

Wire make it two from two

Warrington Wolves 28 - Hull KR 14 (HT: 12-8)

By Rachel Arnett (Images: swpix)

Warrington Wolves hosted Hull KR in Round Two of the new season at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. Both teams went into this game on the back of an opening-round win, looking to secure another two points.

The Wire brought Harvey Livett and Lama Tasi into the 17 in place of Ben Westwood and Toby King who picked up suspensions last week. New signing Jason Clark was named in the starting line-up having come in off the bench against Leeds.

Hull KR named the same 17 as beat derby rivals Hull FC in Round One; Junior Vaivai moved to the bench with Tommy Lee starting.

Neither side took a hold of the game in the opening half. Rovers were first over for the points before the Wire hit back with Livett taking the lead with Ratchford’s conversion. The visitors pulled it back with a second try and looked to have edged the lead at the break, that was until Lineham took the pass out to his wing to dive over for the try in the corner.

It was all Warrington in the opening minutes of the second half. But despite the peppering the line no points came until 13 minutes in when Livett grabbed his second. A highlight of the half had to be the interception try from Charnley as he powered out of reach. Keinhorst pulled one back for the visitors to narrow the gap going into the final 10 minutes. But it was the Wire with the final say with Coops crossing for a try.

The Teams

Warrington

Stefan Ratchford, Josh Charnley, Ryan Atkins, Bryson Goodwin, Tom Lineham, Blake Austin, Declan Patton, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper,  Harvey Livett, Jack Hughes, Jason Clark

Subs: Ben Murdoch-Masila, Danny Walker, Joe Philbin, Lama Tasi

Tries: Livett (2), Lineham, Charnley, Cooper

Goals: Ratchford (4)

27 minutes: Sin Bin: Blake Austin (dangerous tackle)

Hull KR

Chris Atkin, Ben Crooks, Jimmy Keinhorst, Kane Linnett, Craig Hall, Danny McGuire, Josh Drinkwater, Mose Masoe, Tommy Lee, Robbie Mulhern, Joel Tomkins, Weller Hauraki, George Lawler

Subs: Mitch Garbutt, James Greenwood, Danny Addy, Junior Vaivai

Tries: Crooks, Hall, Keinhorst

Goals: Drinkwater

Team song following the victory with special guest Wolfie!

First Half

On four minutes the visitors got a chance to attack from half way after an offload was deemed to be knocked forward off the Wire’s Jason Clark but a knock-on by Linnett close to the line put an end to that play for Rovers.

The Wire came up with their own attacking play at the opposite end but the final kick wasn’t executed. And it was Rovers who were first on the score sheet on eight minutes, after Crooks followed up their kick well to ground the ball just in time to get the try. The conversion attempt was missed 0-4.

Dissent from Warrington and Rovers gained the advantage on the back of an attempted ball steal but the Wire soon got it back with a scrum on half way after the visitors lost possession. A call for obstruction was then the enemy of the Wire, turning the ball over on 14 minutes. But Rovers were caught off-guard on the last to hand over possession 10 metres out.

On 20 minutes the Wire were in the ascendency for the first time in the game on the back of a penalty for a high shot; a gap opened up close to the line out to the left and Livett went over for the try. Ratchford landed the conversion to take the lead. 6-4.

The Wire continued to build pressure on the back of a penalty from the scrum, forcing a drop-out on 25 minutes off Patton’s kick to put in a repeat set. Ratchford was held up over the line and then the tables turned as Tomkins collected an intercepted. The Wire chase tackled him over half way and Austin was sent to the sin bin for his part in the challenge.

The visitors responded with pace down the edge with Hall finding space down the left edge to score in the corner. Drinkwater pulled the attempt wide. 6-8

An offload from Daryl Clark to Ratchford set the fullback off towards the line but the Rovers’ defence scrambled together to put a stop to that and force an error with just over five until half time.

On four minutes the visitors got a chance to attack from half way after an offload was deemed to be knocked forward off the Wire’s Jason Clark but a knock-on by Linnett close to the line put an end to that play for Rovers.

The Wire came up with their own attacking play at the opposite end but the final kick wasn’t executed. And it was Rovers who were first on the score sheet on eight minutes, after Crooks followed up their kick well to ground the ball just in time to get the try. The conversion attempt was missed 0-4.

Dissent from Warrington and Rovers gained the advantage on the back of an attempted ball steal but the Wire soon got it back with a scrum on half way after the visitors lost possession. A call for obstruction was then the enemy of the Wire, turning the ball over on 14 minutes. But Rovers were caught off-guard on the last to hand over possession 10 metres out.

On 20 minutes the Wire were in the ascendency for the first time in the game on the back of a penalty for a high shot; a gap opened up close to the line out to the left and Livett went over for the try. Ratchford landed the conversion to take the lead. 6-4.

The Wire continued to build pressure on the back of a penalty from the scrum, forcing a drop-out on 25 minutes off Patton’s kick to put in a repeat set. Ratchford was held up over the line and then the tables turned as Tomkins collected an intercepted. The Wire chase tackled him over half way and Austin was sent to the sin bin for his part in the challenge.

The visitors responded with pace down the edge with Hall finding space down the left edge to score in the corner. Drinkwater pulled the attempt wide. 6-8

An offload from Daryl Clark to Ratchford set the fullback off towards the line but the Rovers’ defence scrambled together to put a stop to that and force an error with just over five until half time.

As the seconds ticked away Lineham took the pass out to his wing and had the reach to dive over in the corner. Ratchford’s touchline conversion took the lead to 12-8 at the break.

Second Half

Five minutes into the second half and the Wire defence showed its desire taking the Rovers into touch earning a scrum. Lineham was then held up over the line, fighting to get in the offload but denied.

The Wire continued to create opportunities and build pressure but the Rovers’ defence stood firm to keep them out in the early stages of the second forty.

On 50 minutes a drop-out from the visitors was played tactically and the Wire knocked on handing Rovers the scrum.

Three minutes later and the elusive second-half try was scored after Atkin fumbled the high ball off Austin’s boot and Livett picked up to go over for his second. Ratchford with the conversion took the score 18-8.

Austin came painfully close soon after under the posts but the defence forced him to lose control of the ball to deny any score.

On 65 minutes an interception try from Charnley down the right had all the Wire fans on their feet as he ran 80 metres to score in the corner, despite the defence closing in.

Rovers weren’t going to take it lying down though as they responded with a try of their own through Keinhorst as the final 10 minutes approached. Drinkwater got the first kick of the afternoon. 22-14

Cooper had the final say as the clock ticked down taking the pass from Hill to score. Ratchford added the extras to make it 28-14 at the final whistle.

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