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Saints defeated by Warrington after giving themselves too much to do
10:21pm Friday 30th August 2013 in Latest News
Saints 16 Warrington 29.
Saints rallied from a 22-0 deficit to make a game of it, but they were left with too big a hurdle to climb.
Having cut the deficit to six points with a fine Jonny Lomax try in the corner from a superb Willie Manu offload just before the hour mark, Saints had time and field position but could not come up with the crucial play to crack the Wolves line.
And with 14 minutes to play a Lee Briers drop goal gave Wolves a two-score lead again to prick the Saints bubble.
Saints had a chance to throw the game back into the melting pot with a penalty in front of the sticks, but opted to tap it instead – a play that came to nothing with a Lomax kick on tackle three.
That was Saints’ last chance to get anything from it – and Wolves had the last word when Garreth Carvell got over the top of Lomax to score from a Mick Higham grubber.
It was disappointing – but after the disappointing start it was just a blessing that it was not a complete thumping.
There were some pleasing aspects – after coming off second best in the first half, Saints pack began to slowly but surely give as good as they got in the middle.
There were also some good individual displays, most notably from centre Jordan Turner, wing Adam Swift by and large was able to keep his more experienced counterpart Joel Monaghan in check, and Paul Wellens produced some simple but effective plays when he came into the halves.
Saints were slow out of the blocks, handing Wolves the initiative – and they did not need asking twice.
A Briers kick wide on three minutes was collected by wing Joel Monaghan, who did the rest.
And then following a bustling run up the middle from Ben Harrison, Wolves were soon in again when the ball was spun left for Rhys Evans to cross.
Stefan Ratchford’s goal made it 10-0 and Saints could not get a foothold – and seemingly were too quickly playing catch-up.
A disputed third Warrington try came when old boy Higham scooped the ball off Lomax behind the line to touch down.
Trent Waterhouse touched down another grubber and at 22-0 a rout looked on the cards.
But Saints managed to get a bit more composure in their game.
And that paid off on 29 minutes when Hohaia, Wilkin and Wellens combined to send Turner over.
And then five minutes before the break fine play on the left saw Soliola, Lomax and Meli combine to send Swift in at the corner.
Lomax missed the goal, but at least Saints had some hope going into the second half.
Saints: Lomax; Makinson, Turner, Meli, Swift; Wilkin, Hohaia; Puletua, Howarth, Laffranchi, Jones, Walker, Manu. Subs: Wellens, Soliola, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Walmsley.
Warrington: Ratchford; Riley, Bridge, Evans, Monaghan; Briers, Grix; Hill, Higham, Wood, Waterhouse, Westwood, Harrison. Subs: Morley, Monaghan, Carvell, Cooper.
Subs: R. Silverwood.