Warrington Wolves kept their unbeaten run going after an entertaining 50-26 victory over Hull KR at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The Robins took the lead after four minutes. They came down the left-hand side and Shaun Kenny-Dowall managed to stretch out and score. Jordan Abdull converted from the touchline to put the Robins six points ahead.
Six minutes later, the hosts were able to level the scores. Toby King spotted a gap down the left-hand side and scored in the corner. Stefan Ratchford scored the conversion to level the scores.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Warrington took the lead for the first time. A Gareth Widdop grubber kick was not dealt with by KR fullback Adam Quinlan, and the ball bounced kindly for Ben Currie, who went over. Ratchford kicked the conversion to put them ahead by six points.
However, the Robins did not lie down, and levelled the match on 25 minutes. They moved the ball out to the left-hand side, and Ryan Hall was able to score in the corner to carry on his good form. Abdull scored the conversion.
The Robins were able to stretch their lead before the break. Abdull kicked a penalty from right in front of the posts, after Warrington were caught offside.
Abdull was able to grab himself a try himself just before the break. He got down the left-hand side, and his dummy fooled everyone, and he scored. However, he was not able to add the conversion, meaning the Robins led by six points at the break.
Just four minutes into the second half, Warrington got themselves back in it. Currie got the ball and got through two tackle attempts to get over. Ratchford missed the conversion, meaning Warrington still trailed by two points.
Just past the 50-minute mark came the moment everybody was waiting for. Greg Inglis got the ball, and spun his way out of a three-man Rovers tackle to mark his debut with a try to put Warrington back in front. Ratchford scored the conversion to edge them ahead by four points.
Still Hull KR were refusing to lie down, as they levelled the scores again just before the hour. Abdull’s cutout pass found Kenny-Dowall, who was in a two-on-one situation, and passed out to Hall, who went over for his second. Abdull missed the conversion, meaning the scores stayed level.
Just three minutes later, Warrington got themselves back in front. Daryl Clark scooped out of dummy half, and went over from short range under the posts. Ratchford scored the conversion to put them ahead by six once more.
Warrington then established their biggest lead of the afternoon, as Jake Mamo intercepted a loose pass from Quinlan, regained his feet and ran through to score in the corner, Ratchford added the conversion to make it a 12-point game.
Three minutes later, the Wire seemed to have gotten the try which put the game to bed, as Josh Charnley was released down the left-hand side and scored in the corner. Ratchford kicked the conversion.
However, the Robins tried a short kick-off in an attempt to claw their way back. The second time saw it work. From the resulting field position, they managed to grab another try. Kenny-Dowall rose highest from a kick and batted the ball back for Kane Linnett to grab his fourth try in two games. Abdull rushed his conversion attempt and missed.
Soon after, the Robins shot themselves in the foot, as former Wire forward Johnson found himself in the sin bin after being caught offside.
From the resulting field position, Warrington were able to score again. Danny Walker picked the ball up, and ghosted through the defence to get over under the sticks. Ratchford added the conversion.
With time almost up, Warrington were able to add another try. A kick towards the left-corner was grounded by Charnley, who grabbed his second try. Ratchford missed the conversion, but it did not matter by this point, as the Wire already had the game wrapped up.
Warrington return to action next week, as they face Catalans Dragons at Headingley in the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals.
As for Hull KR, they have the week off before returning to action against Castleford Tigers.
Warrington Wolves: Matty Ashton, Jake Mamo, Greg Inglis, Toby King, Josh Charnley, Stefan Ratchford, Gareth Widdop, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Matt Davis.
Subs: Joe Philbin, Jason Clark, Danny Walker, Sitaleki Akauola.
Head Coach: Steve Price.
Hull KR: Adam Quinlan, Ethan Ryan, Brad Takairangi, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Rowan Milnes, Jordan Abdull, George Lawler, Matt Parcell, George King, Kane Linnett, Luis Johnson, Dean Hadley.
Subs: Korbin Sims, Jez Litten, Matty Storton, Muizz Mustapha.
Head Coach: Tony Smith.