Matty Ashton, Peter Mata’utia, Ben Currie, Matt Dufty, Josh Drinkwater and Matty Nicholson all crossed for tries as Warrington Wolves scored a resounding Betfred Super League triumph over Hull FC; Stefan Ratchford kicked five goals for the home side as well
Last Updated: 01/04/23 3:45pm
A dominant first-half display from Warrington Wolves helped them maintain their unbeaten start to the Betfred Super League season with a 34-6 victory over Hull FC.
The victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium made it seven from seven for the Wolves in 2023 to match their best-ever start to a Super League campaign, and the game was over as a contest by half-time as Daryl Powell’s side ran in five first-half tries to build a 28-0 interval advantage.
The Wolves claimed tries through Matty Ashton, Peter Mata’utia, Ben Currie, Matt Dufty and Josh Drinkwater in a clinical opening 40 minutes with Stefan Ratchford kicking four goals. The hosts then cruised through most of the second half but added to their tally with a Matty Nicholson try and Ratchford booted over his fifth goal of the afternoon.
It was another disappointing performance from Tony Smith’s side who suffered their fifth straight Super League defeat and they claimed just a second-half consolation try through Brad Dwyer and a Jake Clifford conversion.
Story of the game
The Wolves were without Sam Kasiano due to suspension and Daryl Clark with a knee injury picked up in the win against Castleford but Drinkwater returned at half back and Josh Thewlis on the bench, while prop forward Thomas Mikaele played his last game for the club before returning to Australia on compassionate grounds.
Warrington were quickly out of the blocks and had crossed twice within the opening 11 minutes as Ashton touched down a George Williams kick and Mata’utia crashed over from close range.
Another Williams kick produced a try for Currie midway through the first half to increase the home side’s lead to 16-0.
The Black and Whites had no answer to Warrington’s outstanding defence and on a rare occasion when the visitors did threaten, they lost possession and Williams scooped up the loose ball and fed the supporting Dufty for a spectacular near-length-of-the-field effort.
Warrington claimed their fifth try of the half in the final minute when Drinkwater strolled through some poor defence and with Ratchford landing both conversions the Wolves were in total control at 28-0 at half-time.
Hull FC offered a little more resistance in the second half and Carlos Tuimavave had a try ruled out by the video referee before they opened their account on the hour mark when Dwyer scrambled over from close range and Clifford converted.
But the Wolves had the final say when Nicholson crossed nine minutes from time and Ratchford converted to complete a convincing win.
Warrington travel to the south of France on Saturday, April 8 when they face Catalans Dragons (5pm UK time). Hull FC must now dust themselves down as they prepare to host bitter rivals Hull Kingston Rovers on Good Friday (12.30pm). Both matches are live on Sky Sports.