Wolves season review 2006
- Published 01/01/06 3:00 pm
- Warrington Wolves archive
Wolves more than
unlucky to lose
by our correspondent
WARRINGTON Wolves count themselves more than unlucky to have lost this grimly contested game at the Galpharm Stadium.
Despite being without regulars, they were in front twice and believe right-winger Henry Fa’afili was injured by a Huddersfield water carrier just before the home side’s match-winning try.
Warrington coach Paul Cullen claimed Fa’afili needed treatment after being hurt knocked over and injured in a collision with Giants’ assistant coach Ben Cooper who had run onto the field with water.
As a result he struggled to get back to attempt to prevent Chris Nero scoring the crucial try.
Warrington has made a formal complaint, but do not expect it to change the result but the incident adds further fuel to the misgivings about the use of water boys.
Wolves took a 10-0 early lead and were also 16-14 ahead after 67 minutes and credit must be given to the home side for twice fighting back.
Scrum-half Chris Bridge opened the scoring after only three minutes, with Lee Briers adding the conversion and only four minutes Richard Barnett race over unopposed to touch down on his debut.
Huddersfield fought back, gradually gaining the upper hand and were able to draw level by half-time.
They went in front for the first time after 52 minutes only to see Wolves regain the lead after 67 minutes when Briers converted a second try by Bridge.
Both sides were reduced to 12 men when Ben Westwood (Wolves) and Wayne McDonald (Giants) were sin-binned for fighting.
Huddersfield went ahead through tries from Nero and Wild, both of which were converted and Wolves had to be content with a consolation try when Martin Gleeson sent Fa’afili over.
Afterwards, Cullen said he was encouraged by his side’s performance which, he said, was much improved on the defeat against Salford. But he conceded that there was “still a lot of work to do.”