Super League: Warrington Wolves bag first win of new season against Hull
Last Updated: 02/03/14 6:12pm
Warrington Wolves held off a second-half fightback from Hull FC to secure their first points of the season with an 18-16 victory.
The Wolves had lost their opening two games against St Helens and Leeds but got off the mark at the third attempt as they held off a determined challenge from the visitors.
Wolves full-back Stefan Ratchford finished with a personal tally of 10 points after a try and three goals, while Warrington's other tries came from Trent Waterhouse and Ben Evans, with all the home side's points coming in the first half.
Hull, who have now suffered back-to-back defeats after their opening-day win over Catalan, replied with tries from Danny Houghton and Tom Lineham with Ben Crooks landing one conversion.
Fetuli Talanoa's try and a Crooks conversion three minutes from time reduced Warrington's lead to just two points to set up a grandstand finish but Lee Radford's side just could not peg the Wolves back.
The home side opened the scoring after just five minutes when on the sixth tackle Richie Myler's delicate kick was pounced upon by Ratchford to touch down, and the try-scorer added the conversion.
Hull, who had twice cut through the Wolves defence without gaining any reward in the opening exchanges, drew level after 12 minutes when following a powerful charge prop Mickey Paea was stopped just short. A quick dart from acting half saw hooker Houghton crash over and Ben Crooks converted to level matters at six apiece.
The home side regained the lead seven minutes later when following some sustained pressure on the Hull line it was a quick dart and pass from Micky Higham that allowed Trent Waterhouse to score and edge the Wolves back in front at 10-6.
A superb break by Ratchford from his own line saw the Warrington full-back sprint 60 metres before being hauled down by Hull counterpart Jamie Shaul, who then held on for far too long and referee James Child had no option but to show the yellow card and send him to the sin bin.
Hull looked like weathering the storm while down to 12 men but in the final minute of Shaul being off the field Warrington struck again for their third try of the half when Gareth O'Brien's kick allowed Evans to win the race to the loose ball over the line and touch down.
Ratchford added the conversion and in the final seconds of the half he kicked a 30-metre penalty to give the Wolves an 18-6 half-time advantage.
A heavy downpour at the start of the second half made conditions tough but Hull started the second period the better and Shaul was denied by a try-saving tackle by Joel Monaghan.
At the other end Lineham came to Hull's rescue when the power of his tackle forced the ball from Ormsby's grasp as he looked to dive over in the corner.
Hull got themselves back into the game on the hour mark when some slick passing by Joe Westerman and Richard Horne created the space for Lineham to dive over in the corner to make it 18-10.
Horne was held up over the line for Hull and it was the same at the other end as Roy Asotasi was denied for the Wolves.
Hull set up a thrilling final when with three minutes remaining Aaron Heremaia's pass sent Talanoa over in the corner, and Crooks landed a fine touchline conversion to cut the deficit to just two points, but Warrington hung on.
First Utility Super League
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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Hull KR centre Kris Welham has been charged with a grade A offence of head-butting Castleford full-back Luke Dorn.
Catalan Dragons hooker Ian Henderson has been ruled out for up to three months with a broken forearm.
Lee Radford was left to reflect on his side's poor first-half showing as Hull went down 18-16 at Warrington.
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