Spineless Wolves

humbled again!

by Gary Skentelbery

IT'S hard to believe that some of these Warrington players who turned out at Headingley are actually playing for their futures!
To say this was a spineless performance is an under statement as the Wolves capitulated to another hugely embarrassing defeat- their ninth out of their last 10 trips on the road.
Somehow the Wolves have clung on to 6th spot in the table but on recent showings they should be down in the relegation battle!
With new signings Adrian Morley and Paul Johnson on their way some of the players who "turned out" at Headingley don't deserve to be able to pull on the primrose and blue again!
Only a miracle can see the club progress in the play offs this year.
Whatever happened in the cup defeat at Hull KR it has certainly transformed this Wolves outfit into a shadow of the side which triumphed over Leeds earlier in the season at the Halliwell Jones when they won 44-16.
Now it was Warrington's turn to be the whipping boys (not for the first time this season) as the Rhinos celebrated the opening of the new Carnegie Stand with a 54-16 victory.
Sports minister Richard Caborn opened the new £7 million stand prior to kick off and the Rhinos produced a superb display to suggest it will prove money well spent.
Great Britain centre Keith Senior was the game's outstanding player, completing a fine hat-trick with a charge from within his own half in the final minute, although by then Warrington's paper thin defence was already on the Coach home!
Leeds scored nine tries in total with Scott Donald and Jamie Thackray geeting a brace and one apiece for Ali Lauitiiti and Ashley Gibson.
Warrington managed three tries of their own through Michael Sullivan, Richie Barnett and Logan Swann, as they slumped to their ninth defeat in 12 games.
Thackray opened the scoring when he touched down for his first try for the Rhinos in the eighth minute but the Wolves quickly responded when Chris Leikvoll sent Sullivan in to level things up.
The hosts produced a moment of magic on 16 minutes when Lauitiiti released Thackray on a run from within his own half that ended with the prop touching down for his second of the game.
Three minutes later the Rhinos took control as Donald crossed for their third try before the visitors kept in touch when Barnett took advantage of Chris Bridges' vision to score in the left corner.
Leeds then pulled away courtesy of a Kevin Sinfield penalty and tries from Lauitiiti and Gibson to secure a 30-10 lead at the interval.
Warrington started brightly after the break and gained reward with their third try on 45 minutes when Lee Briers released Swann for a run to the line. But Leeds were soon back on the offensive, and shortly after the hour Senior exploited weak defence down the left side to score twice in three minutes.
Paul Cullen has a massive task ahead of him now to rally the troops as they prepare to entertain Hull and St Helens at the Halliwell Jones - no place for the faint hearted!

Leeds (30) 54
Tries: Thackray 2, Donald 2, Lauitiiti, Gibson, Senior 3
Goals: Sinfield 8, Burrow

Warrington (10) 16
Tries: Sullivan, Barnett, Swann
Goals: Briers 2
Att: 17,349

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