Warrington run over Widnes in pre-season friendly
Warrington Wolves took on the Widnes Vikings on Sunday, in their first match for 2011.
Both sides put in some entertaining play in the first half but it was the Wolves who stepped up their game to make the impact on the score line with seven tries to the Vikings one. Despite only two successful conversions the visitors went in at half time with a 32 points to 6 lead.
The second half was not a try-scoring spectacle like the first and a much closer affair but it was the Wolves who dominated, touching down for three to the Vikings' two.
Craig Harvey was first on the scoreboard, weaving through the defence to cross for his first try as a first-team player. The try came about on five minutes following exciting periods of play and creative offloading in centre field opening up several scoring opportunities.
The Vikings responded well and were next to score through Thomas Coyle who twisted in the tackle to touch down under the sticks, an easy conversion for Steve Tyrer to level the scores on 12 minutes.
A scrum for the Wolves 30 metres out followed by a penalty gave the visitors the advantage just minutes later. Quick passing out on the left wing between O'Brien and Harvey to Solomona saw the Wolves in for their second try creating a difficult corner-kick for Harvey. The conversion missed took the score to 6-10 in Warrington's favour.
The Wolves' momentum continued through a try from Rhys Williams in the left corner following a fast pass out from Solomona.
Soon after, a grubber-kick down the wing by Solomona on the last saw the Vikings tackled in-goal forcing a goal line drop out and a repeat set for the Wolves.
The speed of O'Brien took the Wolves to within inches of the line looking set for their fourth try. O'Brien was tackled just short but quick passing out to the right put Rhys Evans over in the corner. The score was now 6-18.
The Wolves had to pick up their defence for a period following this try as the Vikings peppered the line. However, Myler made an interception to prevent a score and his run took the visitors to half way. And it was the Wolves next on the score sheet through Harvey who collected an offload from Grix. Harvey was to cross for his hat-trick of tries just minutes later. This was converted by Chris Bridge.
It was Warrington with the final say of the half. A dummy on half way from Myler and a kick round the defence was collected by Higham. A quick pass out to Rhys Evans on the wing saw him cross in the right hand corner to take the half time score to 6-32.
Chris Riley was first to touch down in the second half after the opening minutes had seen the home side putting the pressure on. But an interception from Higham set the tone of the game back to that of the first half giving the attacking advantage back to the visitors.
A powerful break from Matty Blythe down the centre of the field and a flick out to Myler saw the Wolves regain their stride with a second try of the half in just three minutes as they went in for their ninth. This was converted and the lead stretched to 36 points.
On 54 minutes the Vikings looked to have touched down but the Wolves' defence held them up over the line on the last to deny a score. Despite this it was the home side to score next through Ben Kavanagh who forced his way over the line on 57 minutes. Shane Grady converted the try taking the score to 12-42.
The lift in the Vikings side was visible as the game entered the final quarter managing to keep the Wolves out and keeping the pressure on the defence. A knock-on by Myler just metres out provided the opportunity they needed to touch down with Jack Owens crossing for the try and kicking the conversion on 70 minutes.
But this high for the Vikings didn't last long as the Wolves responded immediately with a try from Rhys Williams who brushed through the defence to cross in the corner. Harvey kicked the difficult conversion to add to his mounting points tally with the final say of the game.
Warrington Wolves 48 defeated
Tries: Craig Harvey (3), David Solomona, Rhys Williams (2), Rhys Evans (2), Chris Riley, Richie Myler
Goals: Craig Harvey (3), Chris Bridge
Widnes Vikings 18
Tries: Thomas Coyle, Ben Kavanagh, Jack Owens
Goals: Steve Tyrer, Shane Grady, Jack Owens