Warrington 29 Wilmslow 17

WILMSLOW were unable to turn their possession and territory advantage into points in their North One West loss at in-form Warrington.

The hosts scored five tries, all of them emanating from their own half of the field and all of them by their quicksilver backs.

In response Wilmslow, who overall had more than a 50 per cent share of territory and possession, scored three – in contrast all of them hard earned from relatively close in and two of them from their forwards.

Wolves' forwards just about edged the battle up front but behind the scrum they just didn’t have the craft, the pace and the accuracy to outdo their opponents.

Warrington, playing up the slope with the win in their faces, went three tries ahead courtesy of Kieran Hughes breaks for te first two and he notched the third himself.

Wolves showed they could also play a bit too with a move which ended with centre Ethan Harding and left winger James Coulthurst putting debutant full back Elliot Rowe over. A second try came from a period of concerted pressure which ended with prop Jordan Ayrey eventually getting the touch down.

When Warrington got themselves offside at the half-time restart, Bob MacCallum prodded the ball into ‘catch and drive’ territory and after several attempts, Alex Taylor forced his way over. MacCallum converted and at 19-17 it was game on but it was also as good as it was going to get for Wolves.

Wrong options, mishandling, poor kicking and turnovers led to Warrington taking the win.