Wolves rout Wildcats


Published: Saturday 11th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A hat-trick of tries by Richie Myler and a 28-point haul for Stefan Ratchford saw Warrington bounce back to form with a 14- try rout of the First Utility Super League’s bottom club, Wakefield.

The Wolves had lost their previous four games but got back to winning ways in style at the Halliwell Jones stadium with an 80-0 success, Wakefield’s eighth successive defeat.

Ratchford scored a try and kicked 12 goals and as well as Myler’s three-try haul, recalled winger Gene Ormsby claimed two tries along with Toby King and Ben Currie. The other tries in a one-sided contest came from Daryl Clark, Ashton Sims, Ben Westwood, Ben Currie and Joel Monaghan.

Ryan Atkins was ruled out of the Wolves line-up with a sternum injury and Gareth O’Brien and Kevin Penny were not selected as Tony Smith rung the changes.

The coach also gave a debut to 19-year-old half-back Declan Patton and there were first starts of the season for Toby King in the centre, Gene Ormsby on the wing and Roy Asotasi at prop.

Wakefield were missing the suspended Nick Scruton and injured Jordan Hand as Mickael Simon and Kyle Trout both came in.

The Wolves opened the brighter and dominated the opening exchanges with Patton denied a dream start when he was held up over the line, before Monaghan saw an early effort ruled out for a forward pass.

Warrington did break the deadlock after nine minutes through a fine individual effort by Ormsby, who skipped past Richard Owen down the left touchline and stepped inside full-back Jarrod Sammut for the opening try.

Despite being in full control it took until the 20-minute mark for the home side to increase their lead when Patton and Ratchford combined to send King over.

The Wolves added a further three tries in the final 12 minutes. Firstly Myler’s kick took a favourable deflection off the posts straight into the hands of Clark, who crossed, then Myler raced 40 metres to score, before Sims registered his first try for the club as he crashed over from close range through some weak defence two minutes before half-time.

Ratchford landed all five conversions, although he missed a penalty from halfway with the last kick of the first half as the Wolves led 30-0 at the turnaround.

The Wolves maintained the momentum in the second half with Ormsby claiming his second try of the game and Ratchford also crossing within nine minutes of the restart.

Wakefield continued to make mistakes and there was no mercy from the Wolves and further tries from Westwood and Monaghan, together with two further Ratchford goals, took the score to 50-0 by the hour mark.

King claimed his second try of the game in the 61st minute as the procession of tries continued – and it was soon followed by a second try from Myler before Currie also got in on the act.

Myler completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute, before Currie claimed the 14th and final try of the game in the final minute.

Published: Saturday 11th April 2015 by The News Editor

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