Wolves season review 2008
- Published 01/01/08 3:00 pm
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Wolves hang on
By Sports staff
WARRINGTON almost paid the penalty for indiscipline again as they clung on for victory at Hull KR.
After racing into a 28-0 lead in a breathtaking opening half hour, the Wolves were left hanging on and won by the narrowest of margins thanks to a late Michael Monaghan drop goal.
It had been such a different story in the opening half hour as the Wolves produced some dazzling rugby, running in a total of five tries, with two for the impressive Chris Hicks and other scores from Paul Johnson, Martin Gleeson and Benny Westwood. Lee Briers weighed in with four conversions.
But the Wolves appeared to run out of steam following the departure of the influential Paul Rauhihi after half an hour.
Head Coach Paul Cullen, who had warned about the need to cut out needless penalties was not too happy with the penalty account against his team as referee Ashley Klein awarded a string of penalties against the Wolves.
"We were 28-0 up and completely and utterly in control," he said.
"We then conceded five back-to-back penalties and spent the last 10 minutes of the first half defending our try line.
"To go in 28-4 up at half time was a very fair reflection but to say we are not happy with the penalty count is the understatement of the season. It was seven against us in the first half and six in the second.
"We are completely in charge, then the back-to-back penalties came and the pace went out of our game and when we are playing fast we are looking good, when we are not we are not."