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Wolves bounce back from opening day defeat by mauling Leigh

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Pictures Eddie Whitham
WARRINGTON Wolves made it a Good Friday as they returned to winning ways with a 44-12 thumping of Leigh.

Their uninspiring display against Castleford last week raised more questions than answers about Steve Price’s side but they were far too good for the Super League relegation favourites.


After a bruising opening 10 minutes through the middle, Warrington took the lead when Tom Lineham finished acrobatically in the left corner, and they didn’t look back.

The second try came down the left too, for Toby King, before a neat shift play right saw Stefan Ratchford release Josh Charnley on the right and he found Jake Mamo, preferred this week ahead of youngster Connor Wrench, on his shoulder to touch down.

That took some of the pressure off the Wolves at 16-0, and they were able to bring Rob Butler on off the bench for his debut before Gareth Widdop added a fourth try to send them in 22-0 in front at half time.

Widdop turned provider for Ben Currie 12 minutes in to the second half, but the Wolves were eventually breached on the stroke of the hour as Adam Sidlow crossed for Leigh’s first try.

That proved to be a mere blip, and King, Lineham and Widdop all added their second tries before Ryan Brierley’s late consolation.

Warrington are next in action against Swinton in the Challenge Cup next Sunday.

 

Warrington: Ratchford, Lineham, Mamo, King, Charnley, Austin, Widdop, Hill, D Clark, Cooper, Currie, Hughes, Philbin. Subs: J Clark, Walker, Mulhern, Butler.

Leigh: Brierley, Russell, Thornley, Brand, Tierney, Wallace, Reynolds, Sidlow, Hood, Ioane, Gee, Hellewell, Thompson. Subs: Wildie, Peteru, Gerrard, McCarthy

 

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