Warrington wallop Widnes in warm up game

Warrington hammered local rivals Widnes 40-0 in a preseason trial match at the Select Security Stadium on Sunday.

A crowd of over 5,000 turned out but the visitors were far too strong for the Vikings, running in seven tries in total.

Brad Dwyer scored two while Toby King, Declan Patton, Jack Johnson, Harvey Livett and debutant Tom Lineham all crossed for one try each.

Kurt Gidley took the plaudits after the game, particularly impressing in a first half which saw the Wolves stroll into a 30-0 by the interval.

Warrington’s head of coaching Tony Smith was particularly impressed with how his new signings fitted in: “We’ve done some practice but it was the first time the new faces actually rubbed shoulders with each other as a group and I think they sort of complimented each other,” he told the club’s website. “They all fitted in well together.”

Meanwhile,  Widnes’ head coach Denis Betts wasn’t impressed with his weakened side’s display: “At times it wasn’t a pretty watch, in patches we were OK, but we lacked some cutting edge. It just wasn’t a good overall performance,” he told the Vikings’ club website.

“I know Warrington had players missing but we probably had 11 Super League starters not playing today,” Betts added.

Toby King opened the scoring early on for the Wolves, collecting a high Patton kick before Dwyer touched down the first of his brace.

The hooker sold the Vikings’ defence a dummy before crossing himself and repeated the trick just before the half-hour mark.

A Gidley kick was touched down by Lineham before Patton gathered his own kick that had rebounded off the post padding to round off a superb first half from Warrington.

Patton, who impressed with Gidley in the halves, had a hand in Johnson’s try in the second half, before converting Livett’s late try to complete an emphatic victory.

Smith praised his side’s defensive effort in nilling their opponents: “The longer it went with a zero scoreline, I think it became a bit of a thing for all of them, which is good focus.”

Corey Thompson was the only new signing to get a run out for the Vikings, and Betts was pleased with his progress as he continues his recovery from injury:  “It was good for Corey to get out there. He came here with a niggle, he had a knee operation to tidy something in his knee before he came. He spent the first four weeks in rehab and then the last two/three weeks on the pitch. He’s not had chance to get up to speed with what we want from him yet, plus he is probably going to play on the wing when Rhys gets back, but he gives us good cover at full back.”

Warrington’s next warm up match is against Leigh Centurions on January 24th while the Vikings take on Newcastle Thunder on January 9th

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