Wolves cruise

into quarters

by Gary Skentelbery

WARRINGTON cruised into the quarter-finals of the Powergen Challenge Cup thanks to a business like 46-2 demoltion of National League One side Whitehaven.
Warrington went ahead after eight minutes against Head Coach Paul Cullen's former club when Jon Clarke and Lee Briers combined to hand Logan Swann the simplest of scoring opportunities.
Briers kicked the extras before a 30-metre penalty from Carl Rudd allowed Whitehaven to register their only points of the afternoon.
After two disallowed efforts Warrington went further ahead when a powerful run from Prop Danny Lima resulted in Paul Wood scoring emphatically under the posts.
Five minutes before the break Martin Gleeson scored Warrinton's third, with Briers subsequently making it three conversions out of three.
Then on the stroke of half-time Brent Grose powered over for a try again converted by Briers.
Some fine team work saw replacement Mark Gleeson score 10 minutes after the restart, with Paul Noone converting.
The visitors threw everything into pressuring their hosts, but their attempts to turn defence into attack ultimately proved futile when Clarke scored another for Warrington.
Briers converted before scoring himself on 72 minutes - his conversion attempt on this occasion rebounding off the post.
Michael Sullivan then sent Clarke through for his second score in the last minute.

Warrington (24) 46.
Tries: Swann, Wood, M. Gleeson, Grose, M. Gleeson, Clarke, Briers, Sullivan. Goals: Briers 6, Noone.

Whitehaven (2) 2.
Goals: Rudd.
Att: 4,751

  • Pictures show Paul Wood in action (top) and Michael Sullivan taking on the Whitehaven defence.