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Wolves season review 2008

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16 Warrington Wolves 2


Woeful Wolves miss out


By Sports staff


WOEFUL Warrington missed the chance to go second in the Super League after going down to a 16-2 against Wakefield on a bleak day at Belle Vue.
To cap it all for the Wolves, second rower Ben Westwood, playing against his home town club, was sent off in the second half, effectively ending their chances of staging a comeback.
Tries from Scott Grix and Sam Obst, plus four goals from Danny Brough, had already handed the injury-hit Wildcats a healthy advantage. And, as the sleet and snow came down, they held out thereafter with little problem.
The match rarely came to life, with referee Ashley Klein awarding 24 penalties and producing the yellow card three times - one to Westwood - before the Warrington forward received his marching orders.
Wakefield eked out their advantage in a scrappy first half punctuated by stoppages and which ended with three players in the sin-bin.
Warrington took the lead when Chris Hicks slotted a penalty.
But Danny Brough, who was a constant thorn in the Wolves' side with his kicking game responded in kind and it was his long pass which then allowed Danny Sculthorpe to put Grix over in the corner for Wakefield's opening try.
After persistent infringements, Westwood was the first player sent to the sin-bin on the half hour, and he was followed by Wakefield pair Tony Martin and Jamie Rooney before half time.
Rooney's infringement was the more blatant, the stand-off holding down Wolves centre Matt King after a break by Kevin Penny down the left wing.
Warrington pressed from the resulting restart but Paul Johnson knocked on close to the line.
The Wildcats carried their dominance into the second half and were rewarded when a slick move involving Duncan MacGillivray and the restored Rooney was finished off by Obst under the posts.
With Wolves substitute Steve Pickersgill having been carried off the field injured, the visitors' task grew harder just after the hour when Westwood finally departed the field for a high tackle.
Wakefield's only subsequent cause for alarm came when Warrington pieced together a move up the middle which ended just short of the line when Penny spilled the ball.


Pickersgill out for the season

By James Parr

WOLVES Prop Steve Pickersgill will miss the rest of the Super League XIII campaign after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in the defeat against Wakefield.
Pickersgill, 22, will have to have surgery on the injury and only then can an estimated time of recovery be determined.
Since arriving at the club at under 14 level, Pickersgill has been touted as one of Warrington’s finest young talents.
He has show loyalty to the club that his father, Ron Pickersgill, represented in the 1970s by turning down approaches from Bradford, Wigan and Widnes in the past.


Past players honoured


By Gary Skentelbery

THE man who last helped Warrington Rugby League Club to lift the challenge cup, full-back Derek Whitehead, who kicked seven goals from all angles in the 24-9 victory over Featherstone Rovers, has joined Warrington Past Players' Hall of Fame.
A butcher by trade, he carved up many defences and collected the Lance Todd Trophy at Wembley during the victory over Featherstone in 1974.
He topped the club's points scoring charts for seven seasons, including a then record matching 162 goals in 1973-74. He made most appearances, with 46, in that seasons all conquering side.
He gained three GB caps, two against France and one against New Zealand.
Derek was installed into the Hall of Fame at the Past Players'annual dinner at the Tetley Walker Club on Long Lane.
Also added to the Hall of Fame was Welshman Ray Price, one of the finest stand-offs of the post war period who arrived at Wilderspool in 1953 from Belle Vue Rangers. He linked up with scrum half Gerry Helme, forming one of the greatest half back pairings the club has ever had.
He died in 1988 aged 64 from a brain haemorrhage.
The third Past Player to be added to the Hall of Fame was Longford lad Jim Tranter, who scored 120 tries for the club between 1911 and 1928 and was best known as a rugged tackler.
He had the honour of being captain of the club and made 439 appearances, the 6th highest in the club's history.
  • Picture shows Derek Whitehead (R) receiving his honour from Past Players' chairman George Thornton.
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