Warrington Wolves 8 - 38 St Helens

Match info: Super League at Halliwell Jones Stadium

Date: 13/02/2014 KO: 20:00 Att: 13,157

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Warrington

TriesMonaghan (2, 69)

8
vs
38

St Helens

TriesMakinson (12) Roby (16) Amor (20) Laffranchi (42) Swift (73) Walsh (77)ConversionsWalsh (12, 16, 20, 39, 42, 73, 77)

FT (ht: 4-20)

  • Last Updated: February 14 2014, 7:20 GMT

Post-match reaction to St Helens' 38-8 victory over Warrington.

St Helens celebrate Luke Walsh's try
St Helens celebrate Luke Walsh's try

Warrington coach Tony Smith is confident his side will once more be a force in Super League this season despite getting off to the worst possible start.

The Wolves looked a pale shadow of the side that reached the last two Grand Finals as they crashed to an opening-round 38-8 home defeat by a rampant St Helens.

Smith admitted his side began their campaign under-done after opting to play just one pre-season friendly.

"That's the risk you take," he said. "We could have had three or four friendlies but by the end of the season, we'd have only half our squad left standing.

"Most teams go in with one friendly. You use the first few rounds as your warm-up games.

"That's due to the length of the season. If we had shorter seasons, we'd have more warm-up games and hone our skills a whole lot better.

"We'd like to think we'll get better over the next few weeks."

Warrington face another difficult test in the second round, with a trip to Leeds next Friday, but they have four players to come back into the team.

The loss of former captains Lee Briers and Adrian Morley was always going to result in a transitional period but the absence through injury of forwards Simon Grix, Paul Wood and Ben Harrison, who all played in October's Grand Final, and new full-back Matty Russell, compounded the difficulties for Smith.

"You've got to highlight the fact that Warrington had three of their best forwards not playing tonight," said St Helens coach Nathan Brown.

"One of Warrington's great strengths in the past four years has been their bench and, with their full-back not playing, it obviously pushed Stefan Ratchford back and they want to play him at six.

"So they had a lot of influential players missing. Warrington will be a very good side again.

"If we are playing Warrington at the end of the year and beating them, we'll be very happy."

Saints' match-winner was Australian scrum-half Luke Walsh, who scored a try and kicked seven goals from as many attempts on his Super League debut, while former Wakefield prop Kyle Amor was also a tryscorer on his first appearance for the club


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