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Warrington RUFC comfortably won their opening fixture of the season ? a Lancashire Plate 1st Round game. Although they conceded a try in the opening minutes and a converted try in the last play of the game 33 unanswered points in between saw them cruise past a spirited home team and a place in the last 16 of the competition.


Warrington gave debuts to four players, notably Joe White at prop, who was rewarded for an outstanding season last year in the lower teams and a hard summers training, together with former St Helens and Swinton RL player Peter Cannon who made turned in a promising display at fly half.


After Chorley?s early score it was veteran Gareth Wheatley who burrowed his way over from short range to level the scores followed moments later by Paul Yeadon forcing his way over from close range despite the attention of four would-be tacklers. With Matt Rockey?s boot not working as effectively as normal the extra points were difficult to come by but he did add one splendid conversion to Rhian Mullens? opportunist try when the home defence watched as a speculative kick stayed in field.


Rockey?s boot was again effective straight after the half-time break with two successful penalty goals to extend the lead to 23-5 before coach Peters rand the changes introducing youngsters Craig Davies and Adam Guest into the fray. Warrington remained in charge and Mullen soon added his second try after a splendid Cannon break. Good handling in the backs saw John Farrell squeeze over in the corner and make the game safe.


This was an encouraging if somewhat spluttering display by Warrington. It was good to see both Matt Rockey and Kevin Jones return after long term injuries as it was to see John Welsh who missed most of last season due to work commitments. With players returning from holiday this next weekend the timing could not be better as Shaun McDermott is taking a few notable players with him on his stag weekend to Newcastle.


Warrington travel to Ashton Under Lyne on Saturday in the first round of the National Cup and will face much tougher opposition in a game that will be very difficult to win.

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