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Wolves Slump To Dismal Defeat To Saints

By Joshua McAllister

Warrington Wolves’ dreadful Super League XXII campaign continues following a 31-6 hammering to St Helens at Langtree Park.

Warrington Wolves suffered their sixth consecutive defeat in the Rugby Super League, leaving them pointless at the bottom for the table for yet another week.

Tries from newcomer Zeb Taia, winger Jack Owens, forward Alex Walmsley and a double from Adam Swift saw Saints claim the two points in this local derby.

The two teams went into the game outside the top eight, a surprise to most fans this late on into the season.

The Wolves went into the fixture having won the past seven years at Langtree in the regular season, while Matty Smith returned for the Saints since breaking his leg in a pre-season friendly.

The two teams started off nervously, and it was the home side who managed to get the first points in the scoreboard after Matty Russell failed to collect a James Roby kick, which left Taia the easy task of touching the ball down with his left hand.

Smith, who returned to the side where his career began after signing from rivals Wigan Warriors,  was pivotal for the Saints’ second try, as his pin-point kick bounced perfectly for winger Owens to extend his side’s lead.

Just minute later, a break from centre Mark Pervical led to a two-on-one against Stefan Ratchford, who also returned from injury, where he fed his outside winger Swift to further extend the home side’s lead to 18-0.

Warrington started the second half strongly, and it took them just two-minutes to fight back, as Kurt Gidley crashed over just next to the sticks following a perfectly delayed pass from halfback partner Kevin Brown.

However, the comeback was short-lived as St Helens scored their fourth of the night on the hour mark, as another kick from halfback Smith set up Swift in the corner to score his second of the night.

It wouldn’t have been a perfect return for former Warrior man Smith without a drop-goal, who did just that in the dying minutes of the game.

Alex Walmsley scored his seconds of the season just two-minutes before the full-time hooter, crashing over the Warrington forwards following a night switch ball from hooker James Roby.

Following the victory, St Helens move up to sixth in the table, while Warrington remain pointless at the bottom leaving fans worrying for the rest of the season.

April 4, 2017

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