Warrington Wolves 32-24 Hull Kingston Rovers

Sunday 8th March 2015
KO: 15:00 - Round: 4

32-24 FT

HT: 14 12

Attendance: 9,587

Official: J Child

Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium

  • Warrington Wolves

  • Tries
    Matthew Russell 2, Joel Monaghan, Joe Philbin, Gary Wheeler, Ben Currie,

  • Goals
    Stefan Ratchford 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Hull Kingston Rovers

  • Tries
    Josh Mantellato 2, Kevin Larroyer, Graeme Horne,

  • Goals
    Josh Mantellato 4,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Warrington Wolves twice came from behind to finally overcome an impressive Hull KR and climb up to third place in First Utility Super League, leaving their opponents bottom of the table.

Matthew Russell scored two tries and revelled in his new wing role for the Wolves while full-back Stefan Ratchford was in inspired form on his return from injury.

Warrington had lost both matches in Ratchford's absence but looked far more threatening with the England international dictating play, not that there was much to choose between the sides.

The Robins looked full of confidence following their memorable win over Wigan Warriors and took the lead on seven minutes when lively captain Terry Campese combined with the excellent Kris Welham to get Josh Mantellato over for the first of his two tries.

The Italy international curled over the touchline conversion to make it 6-0 but Warrington enjoyed a purple patch in which they scored three tries in nine minutes.

Ratchford's 30-metre pass enabled Russell to go around his opposite number Ken Sio for the first and his short ball got his skipper Joel Monaghan over from close range.

Both tries came with the sides down to 12 men after Warrington's Ashton Sims and Rovers forward Tyrone McCarthy were shown yellow cards.

Ratchford added one conversion and the home side extended their lead on 28 minutes when second-rower Joe Philbin took Daryl Clark's pass to force his way over for a try on his full debut.

That made it 14-6 but Rovers were full of life and they duly got back into it six minutes before the break when Welham produced a superb offload to get Mantellato over for his second try.

The big winger kicked his second goal and was only just wide with a penalty attempt from halfway on the stroke of half-time.

Warrington winger Kevin Penny was brought back for a forward pass before the visitors regained the lead on 52 minutes, with substitute forward Kevin Larroyer forcing his way over from close range for a third try in the 100th match of his career.

Mantellato's third goal made it 18-14 but it was all square within three minutes when makeshift centre Ben Currie released Russell down the wing and scrum-half Gary Wheeler was in support to touch down.

Ratchford's second goal edged Warrington into a two-point lead and Russell looked to have given his side some breathing space when he took Currie's pass to produce a strong finish for his second try on 63 minutes.

With Ratchford's third goal, the Wolves led 26-18 but there were only two points in it once more on 68 minutes when another touch of class from Campese got substitute Graeme Horne over for a fourth try which Mantellato goaled.

The game was finally settled six minutes from the end when Ratchford's short pass released Currie and he had the pace to finish off the 40-metre move.

  • 75: TRY! scored for Warrington by Ben Currie
  • 75: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Stefan Ratchford
  • 70: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • 70: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Graeme Horne
  • 65: TRY! scored for Warrington by Matthew Russell
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Stefan Ratchford
  • 64: Interchange Off for Hull K R, Maurice Blair Off
  • 64: Interchange On for Hull K R, Kieran Dixon On
  • 57: TRY! scored for Warrington by Gary Wheeler
  • 57: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Stefan Ratchford
  • 54: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • 54: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Kevin Larroyer
  • 46: Interchange On for Warrington, George King On
  • 46: Interchange Off for Warrington, Ben Westwood Off
  • 36: Interchange Off for Warrington, Ashton Sims Off
  • 36: Interchange On for Warrington, Ben Evans On
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • 35: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • 33: Interchange On for Warrington, Micky Higham On
  • 33: Interchange On for Warrington, Roy Asotasi On
  • 33: Interchange Off for Warrington, Chris Hill Off
  • 33: Interchange Off for Warrington, Daryl Clark Off
  • 30: Interchange On for Hull K R, Kevin Larroyer On
  • 30: Interchange Off for Hull K R, Greg Burke Off
  • 29: TRY! scored for Warrington by Joe Philbin
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Stefan Ratchford
  • 26: TRY! scored for Warrington by Joel Monaghan
  • 25: Interchange On for Hull K R, James Green On
  • 25: Interchange Off for Hull K R, Mitch Allgood Off
  • 20: TRY! scored for Warrington by Matthew Russell
  • 7: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • Key Performers

    Matthew Russell

    Metres 232
    5 5
    Clean Breaks 3

    Josh Mantellato

    Metres 170
    3 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Warrington Wolves 12
    Hull Kingston Rovers 8

    Goals:

    Warrington Wolves 8
    Hull Kingston Rovers 8

    METRES:

    Warrington Wolves 1504
    Hull Kingston Rovers 1181

    CARRIES:

    Warrington Wolves 199
    Hull Kingston Rovers 181

    TACKLES:

    Warrington Wolves 300
    Hull Kingston Rovers 349

    OFFLOADS:

    Warrington Wolves 7
    Hull Kingston Rovers 14

    PENALTIES:

    Warrington Wolves 6
    Hull Kingston Rovers 8

    BREAKS:

    Warrington Wolves 6
    Hull Kingston Rovers 7

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Matthew Russell 2 1 1 0 1 9 0 23 232 10.09 3 8 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Currie 1 1 26 7 1 4 1 16 137 8.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joel Monaghan 1 0 12 2 1 4 0 9 56 6.22 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gary Wheeler 1 0 17 3 2 1 5 4 38 9.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Philbin 1 0 15 1 0 1 0 12 77 6.42 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Stefan Ratchford 0 3 6 0 1 6 1 15 138 9.20 1 6 3 0 4 2 0 0
    Kevin Penny 0 0 6 2 4 4 0 11 92 8.36 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth O'Brien 0 0 13 3 1 0 4 14 59 4.21 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Hill 0 0 33 6 0 3 0 18 142 7.89 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Daryl Clark 0 1 30 5 3 1 1 11 90 8.18 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ashton Sims 0 0 21 7 2 1 0 12 59 4.92 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    James Laithwaite 0 0 35 7 1 0 0 10 59 5.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Ben Westwood 0 0 26 3 2 4 1 15 102 6.80 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Mick Higham 0 0 25 3 0 1 0 8 59 7.38 0 7 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Roy Asotasi 0 0 11 2 0 1 0 7 67 9.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Evans 0 0 9 3 1 0 0 3 25 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George King 0 0 14 2 1 1 0 11 72 6.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Josh Mantellato 2 0 3 0 2 4 0 21 170 8.10 2 2 1 0 4 1 0 2
    Kevin Larroyer 1 0 24 4 0 1 0 10 54 5.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Graeme Horne 1 0 13 4 1 0 0 6 34 5.67 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Cockayne 0 0 13 0 1 2 0 14 79 5.64 0 8 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Kris Welham 0 2 14 1 1 4 0 13 129 9.92 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Darrell Goulding 0 0 18 2 5 2 0 9 64 7.11 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Ken Sio 0 0 6 0 2 1 1 16 143 8.94 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Terry Campese 0 1 15 2 2 1 5 17 54 3.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
    Albert Kelly 0 0 37 7 5 1 2 11 56 5.09 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam Walker 0 0 39 1 1 2 0 14 65 4.64 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 1
    John Boudebza 0 0 30 2 3 0 0 4 28 7.00 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitchell Allgood 0 0 32 5 3 1 0 9 61 6.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Maurice Blair 0 0 16 1 2 0 1 4 34 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 41 8 7 1 0 10 66 6.60 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Greg Burke 0 0 27 2 5 0 0 10 39 3.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kieran Dixon 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 7 48 6.86 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Green 0 0 18 1 1 0 0 6 57 9.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties