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WARRINGTON Wolves marked Ryan Atkins’ testimonial with a 38-12 win over local rivals Widnes as five new signings made their debut.
In their first run out in 2019, the Wolves handed a debut to five players, with one of those, Jake Mamo, scoring a hat-trick of tries.
They found the going tough against their Championship opponents, and only led 12-6 at half time having trailed to a Liam Hood try before Mamo and fellow new recruit Blake Austin got them on the board.
Dec Patton scored within two minutes of the restart, but Widnes weren’t ready to roll over and Brad Walker’s converted score put them back within four.
But eventually the Wolves’ class would tell, they led 22-12 by the hour mark thanks to Daryl Clark’s touchdown, and there were further tries for widemen Tom Lineham and Josh Charnley.
Warrington: Ratchford, Lineham, Goodwin, Atkins, Charnley, Brown, Austin, Hill, D Clark, Cooper, Livett, Hughes, J Clark. Subs: Tasi, King, Patton, Philbin, Mamo, Akauola, Westwood, Walker.
Widnes: Ashall-Bott, Ince, Dean, Brand, Buckley, Owens, Lyons, Cahill, Hood, Tangata, Hansen, Wilde, Leuluai. Subs: Freeman, Walker, Albert, Johnstone, Davies, Else, Hatton, Speakman, Farnworth, Walsh.