Wolves end losing streak with Hull draw, Widnes get first win

By Tom Webber 2 April 2017 116
Wolves end losing streak with Hull draw, Widnes get first win

Warrington Wolves ended their six-match losing Super League start but could only salvage a 22-22 draw at home to Hull FC on Saturday.

Pressure on coach Tony Smith may have slightly eased after a brilliant second-half showing from the 2016 Grand Finalists saw them score 14 unanswered points for a share of the spoils.

The in-form Albert Kelly got Hull off to a positive start, with Marc Sneyd then converting tries from Jake Connor and Jamie Shaul to help open up a 12-point lead at the break despite Matty Russell's double for the hosts.

Sneyd added a second penalty 10 minutes after the restart, but Wolves showed the sort of determination that could get their season back on track in response.

Daryl Clark crossed before Russell completed his hat-trick, and a penalty from Kurt Gidley – who added the extras on both tries – tied the scores with nine minutes remaining, though he and Sneyd missed late drop goals to edge the game either way.

Smith told a post-match news conference: "We have improved and we will improve again next week. The boys are working hard and competing out there.

"I sensed we needed to be strong and basic and we could get a decent result. When you are up against a team near the top of the table and come up with a second half like that, then you have to be pleased."

Widnes Vikings had to see off a similar effort from Leigh Centurions to secure a 37-24 away victory, Danny Craven grabbing a trio of tries in their first win of the season.

Catalans Dragons suffered a fourth successive defeat, going down 38-18 at home to Wakefield Trinity. Ben Jones-Bishop crossed three times, including an exceptional stretching effort for his second.

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