Much better from gallant Wire as Saints hang on for victory

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WARRINGTON Wolves won back the Wire faithful despite going down 10-12 to arch-rivals St Helens in a thrilling encounter at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

In one of the best games of the season, Warrington tore up the form book and pushed the league leaders all the way, with young winger Connor Wrench almost pulling off a famous victory as he burst clear in the final minute, only to be thwarted with a wayward pass under pressure.

But the players were cheered off the pitch by the home fans who were delighted to see the team getting back to their best after some recent woeful results.

Few gave the Wolves much of a chance against the reigning champions and league leaders, who brought a large following to the Halliwell Jones.

But after trailing 4-12 at the break, the Wolves kept Saints pointless in the second half, a rare feat, while they got within two points following a try by Geroge Williams after a great break from Gareth Widdop who had one of his best games for the Wire at full-back, scoring the opening try.

Meanwhile, Tommy Makinson celebrated victory on his 250th Betfred Super League appearance as the Saints just managed to hang on to victory.

Alex Walmsley’s try in bizarre circumstances after Saints won a scrum against the head and Makinson’s 14th of the season helped St Helens into a 12-4 lead after Widdop’s opener for the hosts.

Williams’ converted try gave the Wolves hope of snatching a memorable win, but they could not unlock the reigning champions’ defence again – with the impressive Connor Wrench left to wonder what might have been as he was just caught while breaking away in the closing stages.


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