Super League  Sunday 2nd March 2014  Halliwell Jones Stadium  Att: 10,276

Squad

Asotasi, Atkins, Bridge, Currie, England, B. Evans, R. Evans, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Myler, O'Brien, Ormsby, Ratchford, Waterhouse, Westwood.

Squad

Arundel, Bowden, Crookes, Ellis, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Lineham, Miller, Paea, Paleaaesina, Pitts, Rankin, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ben Evans

Trent Waterhouse

Stefan Ratchford

GOAL SCORERS:

Stefan Ratchford

Stefan Ratchford

Stefan Ratchford

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Fetuli Talanoa

Tom Lineham

Danny Houghton

GOAL SCORERS:

Ben Crooks

Ben Crooks

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

Warrington Wolves registered their opening First Utility Super League victory of the season with a hard-earned 18-16 success against Hull FC at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Wolves, pre-season favourites with some bookmakers to lift the title in October, had lost their opening two games against St Helens and Leeds Rhinos, but got off the mark at the third attempt as they held off a determined challenge from the visitors.

Wolves full-back Stefan Ratchford finished with a personal tally of 10 points after a try and three goals, while Warrington's other tries came from Trent Waterhouse and Ben Evans, with all the home side's points coming in the first half.

Hull, who have now suffered back-to-back defeats after their opening-day win over Catalan Dragons, replied with tries from Danny Houghton and Tom Lineham with Ben Crooks landing one conversion.

Fetuli Talanoa's try and a Crooks conversion three minutes from time reduced Warrington's lead to just two points to set up a grandstand finish, but Lee Radford's side just could not peg the Wolves back.

Warrington were still without the injured trio of Matty Russell, Paul Wood and Ben Harrison and made just one change to the side that lost narrowly at Leeds the previous weekend, with Simon Grix ruled out with an ankle injury and James Laithwaite drafted in on the bench. Winger Gene Ormsby retained his place on the wing to make his home Super League debut for the Wolves.

Hull prop Garreth Carvell missed out on facing his former club as his ankle problem needs a week's further rest while Chris Tuson and Liam Watts also remained sidelined through injury.

Warrington opened the scoring after just five minutes when on the sixth tackle Richie Myler's delicate kick was pounced upon by Ratchford to touch down, and the try-scorer added the conversion.

Hull, who had twice cut through the Wolves defence without gaining any reward in the opening exchanges, drew level after 12 minutes when following a powerful charge prop Mickey Paea was stopped just short. A quick dart from acting half saw hooker Houghton crash over and Crooks converted to level matters.

The home side regained the lead seven minutes later when following some sustained pressure on the Hull line it was a quick dart and pass from Micky Higham that allowed Waterhouse to score and edge the Wolves back in front.

A superb break by Ratchford from his own line saw the Warrington full-back sprint 60 metres before being hauled down by Hull counterpart Jamie Shaul, who then held on for far too long and referee James Child had no option but to show the yellow card and send him to the sin bin.

Hull looked like weathering the storm while down to 12 men, but in the final minute of Shaul being off the field Warrington struck again for their third try of the half when Gareth O'Brien's kick allowed Evans to win the race to the loose ball over the line and touch down.

Ratchford added the conversion and in the final seconds of the half he kicked a 30-metre penalty to give the Wolves an 18-6 half-time advantage.

A heavy downpour at the start of the second half made conditions tough, but Hull started the second period the better and Shaul was denied by a try-saving tackle by Joel Monaghan.

At the other end Lineham came to Hull's rescue when the power of his tackle forced the ball from Ormsby's grasp as he looked to dive over in the corner.

Hull got themselves back into the game on the hour mark when some slick passing by Joe Westerman and Richard Horne created the space for Lineham to dive over in the corner to make it 18-10.

Horne was held up over the line for Hull and it was the same at the other end as Roy Asotasi was denied for the Wolves.

Hull set up a thrilling finale when with three minutes remaining Aaron Heremaia's pass sent Talanoa over in the corner, and Crooks landed a fine touchline conversion to cut the deficit to just two points, but Warrington hung on.

Match Action

  • 78m
    try

    Fetuli Talanoa

    Hull

  • 78m
    goal

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 61m
    try

    Tom Lineham

    Hull

  • 56m
    interchange_off

    Jordan Rankin

    Hull

  • 56m
    interchange_on

    Aaron Heremaia

    Hull

  • 55m
    interchange_off

    Ben Westwood

    Warrington

  • 55m
    interchange_on

    James Laithwaite

    Warrington

  • 53m
    interchange_off

    Jay Pitts

    Hull

  • 53m
    interchange_on

    Richard Whiting

    Hull

  • 40m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 38m
    try

    Ben Evans

    Warrington

  • 38m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Michael Monaghan

    Warrington

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Micky Higham

    Warrington

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Roy Asotasi

    Warrington

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Ben Evans

    Warrington

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Anthony England

    Warrington

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Chris Hill

    Warrington

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Josh Bowden

    Hull

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Jordan Thompson

    Hull

  • 20m
    try

    Trent Waterhouse

    Warrington

  • 12m
    goal

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 12m
    try

    Danny Houghton

    Hull

  • 5m
    try

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 5m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington