Warrington Wolves 4-0 Hull FC: Highlights, player ratings and talking points

Warrington Wolves took on Hull FC tonight at the Halliwell Jones Stadium with both sides hoping to get back on the horse following disappointing losses too Wakefield Trinity and Catalans Dragons respectively.

Remarkably, there were no tries in the first-half with Luke Gale going the closest only to be stopped by Gareth Widdop.

That proved to be Gale’s last action in the game as he was taken off with a head knock whilst Adam Swift left the field with a broken leg with Joe Philbin being carried off for Warrington.

Stefan Ratchford finally added some points after the break with a penalty, but Darnell McIntosh missed the opportunity to level the scores.

With 18 minutes remaining, Josh Thewlis thought he had scored, but referee James Child adjudged the final pass had gone forward.

Ratchford again added another penalty to make it 4-0 and that was how it finished!

Highlights

The half-time whistle which left the scores locked at 0-0 at half-time.

The scenes at the final whistle showed just how much it meant to the Warrington players and fans.

Talking points

1. Nervousness all round

Warrington boss Daryl Powell spoke about getting over his side’s ‘nervousness’ before the game. Well that didn’t work as the Wolves looked excessively cagey throughout with ball in hand. That probably wasn’t helped by the fact that the Warrington fans were restless for the entire game.

2. Shocking injuries

It really wasn’t a night to remember, especially on the injury front. Hull lost Luke Gale and Adam Swift for the night whilst Warrington had to do with Joe Philbin being carried off with what looked like a serious issue. Things don’t look good going forward for Swift and Philbin with both Brett Hodgson and Daryl Powell expected to be counting the cost.

3. Hull’s goalkicking woe

Darnell McIntosh had the opportunity to level proceedings for Hull just before the hour, but his effort went wide of the posts. Stefan Ratchford added another two with less than a quarter of the game to go to make it 4-0.

4. One for the purists

It really wasn’t a good game, but it was incredibly close and tense. Both coaches will have been happy to just get the win, but as it was i was the Wolves that finally got over the line.

Player ratings

Warrington Wolves

6 Gareth Widdop – 8
22 Josh Thewlis – 8
23 Connor Wrench – 7
3 Peter Mata’utia – 6
5 Matty Ashton – 6
1 Stefan Ratchford – 7
7 George Williams – 7
19 Robbie Mulhern – 7
9 Daryl Clark – 7
10 Mike Cooper – 7
11 Ben Currie – 7
12 Oliver Holmes – 7
17 Matt Davis – 6
Substitutes
8 Joe Philbin – 5
16 Danny Walker – 5
20 James Harrison – 5
33 Thomas Mikaele – 7

Hull FC

29 Jamie Shaul – 8
5 Darnell McIntosh – 5
23 Connor Wynne – 7
25 Mitieli Vulikijapani – 7
2 Adam Swift – 5
14 Joe Lovodua – 7
7 Luke Gale – 5
16 Kane Evans – 7
9 Danny Houghton – 7
10 Chris Satae – 8
13 Jordan Lane – 6
12 Manu Ma’u – 7
8 Ligi Sao – 7
Substitutes
17 Brad Fash – 6
20 Jack Brown – 5
27 Jacob Hookem – 5
30 Scott Taylor- 5

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