Mind the gap
Warrington’s win over rivals St Helens keeps the pace with Hull FC at the top of the table ahead of next Friday’s mouth-watering clash against the Airlie Birds.
It was a significant night of results in the Super League on Friday as victories for all top-four sides increased the gap between themselves and Saints in 5th place to six points.
Should that gap be maintained or increase before the Super 8s phase begins in six rounds’ time, it will be very difficult to see a team from outside the top-four breaking into the play-off spots.
Saints below their best
As soon as Ben Currie crossed early on for Warrington, the momentum of the game was with the Wolves for the remainder of the match.
Saints will rue silly defensive errors and they rarely threatened the Wolves try line. Luke Walsh’s absence resulted in a lack of creativity going forward and an ineffective kicking game.
The pressure is building on head coach Keiron Cunningham to turn around his side’s fortunes having lost their last three games and they now face a difficult away trip to Catalans next Saturday.
Ratchford excelling at full-back
Stefan Ratchford has played in a number of positions during his Warrington career but has always looked most comfortable at full-back.
His vision in reading the game and support play suit the role perfectly and were demonstrated through his second-half try.
Tony Smith faces a dilemma when Matty Russell returns to the side as to who will take the number 1 jersey.
Currie strikes again
Ben Currie opened the scoring for the Wolves with his 12th try in 17 games – a statistic that most wingers would be proud of let alone second-rowers.
He also impressively assisted Ryan Atkins’ try with a perfectly executed kick over the Saints defence.
The 21-year-old has been in exceptional form all season and is being touted for an England call-up for the Four Nations this autumn.
St Helens 4 (0)
Warrington Wolves 26 (16)
Tries: Currie, Sandow, Atkins, Ratchford, Evans
Goals: Gidley (3)