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“Not the best” – Brian Noble takes aim at Warrington star’s Wembley performance

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Warrington fell short at Wembley against Wigan as they were unable to maintain their strong start to the game, eventually losing 18-8.

It was a tough watch for the Wire faithful, who saw their team fall short of the high standards they had set so far this season under Sam Burgess.

The Wolves attack in particular was frantic, with their key players unable to find a way through Wigan’s solid defence. This forced many Warrington players to become impatient, which led to mistakes.

Full-back Matt Dufty endured a tough afternoon. The explosive fullback struggled to find the fine form he has produced in Super League this season, particularly in the first hour of the game.

Dufty was sin-binned in the opening three minutes, before returning to the field and making a number of uncharacteristic errors.

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Tough afternoon for Warrington Wolves fullback

Warrington Wolves' fullback Matt Dufty

Matt Dufty is tackled by Bevan French. Credit: Imago Images

Dufty was not all bad though, he did play much better in the final quarter of the game at Wembley, scoring Warrington’s only try and also saving one at the other end as Bevan French looked destined to score.

Despite this, BBC pundit Brian Noble believes Dufty’s ‘off day’ in the first 60 minutes was one of the reasons the Wolves fell short.

“I am not sure Matt Dufty will [want to] look at a lot of the things he has done today,” said Noble.

“His energy is good, his excitement is good and his movements are good, but some of his actions are not the best.”

Noble went on to address Warrington’s performance as a whole, believing they produced nowhere near the level required to beat Wigan in a major final.

“I thought Warrington probably produced their worst performance of the season,” said Noble. “They were frantic at times and didn’t compose themselves.

“If you want to match the example of this Wigan club, match the example that they set on the field, you have got to go toe-to-toe with them and match them in almost every department.

“Unfortunately today Warrington didn’t do that, but they will learn lessons from today will the Wolves and hopefully they will get another chance to play in a big final.”

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