Westwood revives Wolves

Warrington 42 London 12
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Warrington marked the end of the week in which their coach, Paul Cullen, signed a new three-year contract with a much-needed victory, even if it was an undistinguished one against opposition with little to offer.

Warrington marked the end of the week in which their coach, Paul Cullen, signed a new three-year contract with a much-needed victory, even if it was an undistinguished one against opposition with little to offer.

London's mistakes put them under pressure right from the start and, from one of them, a knock-on by Paul Sykes, Warrington took the lead, moving the ball smartly to the wing for Graham Appo to claim his first Super League try of the season.

Four minutes later, the in-form Nat Wood took a pass from the base of the scrum and outpaced the London defence on an arcing run, with Lee Briers again adding the goal points.

It was an excellent start for the Wolves after the embarrassment of their heavy defeat at Widnes last week and an illustration of why relegation is a very real threat for the Broncos.

Worse followed for them when the influential Jim Dymock limped off and they fell further behind to a Briers penalty after Richard Moore's high tackle on Wood triggered a fight that involved several other players.

Eight minutes before half-time, Warrington looked to have the game already won when Briers judged a little kick perfectly for Paul Noone to run through and touch down.

Lee Greenwood got over the line from Joe Mbu's delicate kick at the start of the second half, but London were denied their first points of the match because of Dennis Moran's forward pass in the build-up.

A sudden flash of vintage Moran did produce a try, however, despite Michael Wainwright's valiant attempts to stop him grounding the ball. Sykes' conversion put the Broncos closer than they had any right to be and it was conceivable that Warrington could pay for all their missed chances.

But, just after the hour, Wainwright put Ben Westwood through a gap and any hope of a fightback was snuffed out. Six minutes later, Westwood got his second, thanks to Jon Clarke's dummy and pass. Straight from the kick-off, Brent Grose scooped up a loose ball for another Warrington try.

Mark O'Halloran got one back for London, but Noone completed the scoreline that was more satisfactory than the performance.

Warrington: Cardiss; Gaskell, Grose, Westwood, Appo; Briers, Wood; Lima, Clarke, Hilton, Guisset, Wainwright, Noone. Substitutes used: Hulse, Gleeson, Stevens, Leikvoll.

London: Wells; Greenwood, Sykes, O'Halloran, Kirkpatrick; Dymock, Moran; Trindall, Budworth, Stringer, Retchless, Brocklehurst, Botham. Substitutes used: Mbu, Highton, Sanderson, Moore.

Referee: R Smith (Castleford).

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