PICTURES EDDIE WHITHAM
WARRINGTON Wolves were given another almighty scare in the qualifiers coming from behind to beat Leigh 32-30 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Following on from their narrow victory away at London, the Wolves were once again pushed all the way but remain unbeaten in the qualifiers with five from five and their Super League future secured.
Leigh showed it was going to be no walk in the park for the Wolves as they took the lead in the 4th minute after a ball steal saw an 80 m break with James Clare in at the corner and Drinkwater adding the extras from the touchline to make it 0-6.
It wasn’t long though before the Wolves troubled the scoreboard as Ratchford showed some silky skills to send Matty Russell in for a walk over try although Patton couldn’t add the extras.
Ben Westwood briefly gave the Wolves the lead with a trademark try but the visitors were soon back in front 10-12 as Liam Hood powered over from close range and Drinkwater added the extras to make it 10-12.
Leigh extended their lead on 18 minutes with a converted try by Maria make it 10-18.
But two quick tries from Gildey, coverted by Patton and Kevin Brown, right on the stroke of half-time saw the Wolves ahead 20-18.
But within six minutes of the re-start Leigh were back in front as Vea crashed over with Drinkwater adding the extras to make it 20-24.
Warrington were back on level terms on 55 minutes after a great kick by Brown was chased down by Peta Hiku who got his just rewards with a great try. Patton missed the conversion.
But back came Leigh as Burr powered over from close range and Drinkwater converted to make it 24-30 to set up a grandstand finish.
Skipper Chris Hill crashed over against his former club with Livett’s conversion leveling the scores.Then on 67 minutes Livett slotted over a penalty as the Wolves held on for victory.
Wolves: Ratchford, Russell, Hiku, Livett, Lineham, Patton, Brown, Hill, Gidley, Sims, Jullien, Hughes, Westwood.
Subs: Westerman, Cooper, Dwyer, Savelio,