SLXVI/3: Saints humbled by ravenous Wolves

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Warrington Wolves finally exorcised their saintly demons with a 25-18 nobbling of a homeless, clueless St.Helens outfit; their first win over their nemesis in 10-years of trying.

Fittingly it was Saints castoff, Lee Briers, who claimed the first of Wolves four tries with a second minute dart from close range that caught Saints’ defence napping and set the tone for the remainder of the game.

Apologies for a curtailed Big Match report this week; feet-up watching it on Sky TV. More from the WCC on Sunday

There were further tries from Richie Myler and Louis Anderson sandwiching another – this time flukey – Briers touchdown (from a deflected grubber); all converted by Brett Hodgson.

Thank goodness we can now lay to rest all those dreadful statistics about how long it is since Warrington beat St.Helens.

Story of this game for me was the (virtual) non-appearance of Kyle Eastmond, who ghosted through the game on cruise control. Hard to say if this is just a player easing himself back in after injury, or a player easing himself out and trying to avoid injury. Perhaps we should be told?

Either way it has to change if the Saints are to make any impression on engage Super League XVI. That fact was amply demonstrated by Eastmond’s part in Saints first try – the first for Michael Shenton in a Saints jersey. Jonny Lomax converted. But without the input of the dynamic halfback, and still lacking Leon Pryce’s touch, the Grand FInal runners-up look inept.

Ever wary of the Saints comeback Briers tagged on a one-pointer in the 70th minute to edge the Wolves to reestablish the four-score lead and seal the win.

Just as well too, with Chris Flannery and Lee Gaskell crossing for late consolation tries and Jamie Foster tagging on both conversions.

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