Day of Reckoning? Betting Tipster to Radio Merseyside's Rugby League Hour Mike Oxley thinks that the Wolves are ready to beat the Saints on their own turf."The day of reckoning has come for the Wolves, in recent years the saints have got the better in the close encounters between the two sides. But in recent weeks you can argue that Warrington are in the best form of the two, with recent victories over Bradford and Leeds. Is Warrington ready to complete the hattrick of wins over the top three teams of the super league? My answer is yes, Warrington are competing consistently at the highest level to beat the Saints on their own patch. As well as betting them on the handicap with a +8 start, I would have a small wager on the 11/4 available over 80 minutes as well."
Warrington - 1st & Last Try ScorerHenry Fa'afili 12/1Martin Gleeson 12/1Richie Barnett 16/1Brent Grose 16/1Toa Kohe Love 16/1Stuart Reardon 16/1Lee Briers 20/1Ben Westwood 20/1Michael Sullivan 20/1Jon Clarke 20/1Logan Swann 25/1Mike Wainwright 25/1Paul Noone 33/1Mark Gleeson 33/1Paul Wood 40/1Danny Lima 66/1Chris Leikvoll 80/1NO TRY 300/1Betting Tipster to Radio Merseyside's Rugby League Hour Mike Oxley thinks that the Wolves are ready to beat the Saints on their own turf. "The day of reckoning has come for the Wolves, in recent years the saints have got the better in the close encounters between the two sides. But in recent weeks you can argue that Warrington are in the best form of the two, with recent victories over Bradford and Leeds.
Young Wolves in FranceFive Warrington Wolves youngsters have been named in the final England Academy Under 18's Squad who played France on Thursday.After training sessions the squad was reduced to 18 players with Ben Harrison (prop), Danny Colquitt (loose forward), Anthony Rourke (back row), Kevin Penny (winger) and Matty Blythe (centre) all travelling to France as part of the 18-man England squad.The team will take on the French elite at The Complexe Sportif De Carpentras Thursday, kick off 7pm. Warrington's Gary Chambers is Head Coach with Keiron Purtill of Huddersfield as his Assistant, whilst the Manager's post was filled by former Wigan and Castleford International Barrie-Jon Mather.With clashes against the Australian Combined High Schools and the Australian Institute of Sport ahead, 2006 promises to be every bit as exciting as in recent years, which have seen the Academy grow steadily stronger - and prove it by beating the best in the World. The most recent International at Academy level saw England share a two game Series against the Australian Institute of Sport last December - ten of the players who took on the A.I.S. are up for selection once more, but there's also a whole fresh batch of newcomers to the Academyrepresentative ranks.See warringtonwolves.com to see how the lads perform on international duty.
Briers Drops into the Record BooksWarrington captain Lee Briers broke another club record when he kickedthe all-important drop goal in the 27-4 victory over Bradford Bulls at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.The one-pointer, which ended Bradford's resistance, was the 48th drop goal of his Warrington career, taking him ahead of full-back or centre Steve Hesford in the record books. Lee told warringtonwolves.com: "Drop goals can prove crucial in matches and I knew early in the season I was close to 50 in my career. I'm delighted to top Warrington's club record and it's an honour to surpass a great player such as Steve Hesford."Briers kicked his first drop goal for the club in a 37-34 victory over Paris St Germain at Wilderspool in April 1997, his home debut, and they have followed at regular intervals ever since.He equalled Hesford's total with his fourth and final drop goal in the 24-12 victory at Wigan in March - Warrington's first win at the JJB Stadium - and so it was only a matter of time until he made the record his own.The inventive stand-off once kicked five drop goals in a match, at Halifax in May 2002, to equal Paul Bishop's club record, but still finished on the losing side. Yet most of his one-pointers have helped to keep Warrington in control of matches and frustrate the opposition.Briers' place in the club's record books is already assured. He claimed his first two club records at the start of the 2000 season when he scored 40 points in the 84-1 victory against York in a Challenge Cup fifth round tie at Wilderspool.Briers' haul took the record from the legendary Welsh forward George Thomas who had collected 33 points, from five tries and nine goals, in a 78-6 victory against St Helens in April 1909. Briers kicked 14 goals that day to equal the club record for goals in a match, set by loose-forward Harold Palin against Liverpool City in September 1950.Drop goals, of course, used to be worth two points and it was another former Warrington captain, Alex Murphy, who kicked the club's last two-pointer in the Challenge Cup final victory over Featherstone Rovers at Wembley in May 1974. Hooker Kevin Ashcroft, another drop goal kick, kicked Warrington's first one-pointer in an 8-8 draw against Widnes at Wilderspool three months later.
No Name DG 1 Lee Briers 48 2 Steve Hesford 47 3 Paul Bishop 42 4 Willie Aspinall 30 5 Alex Murphy 28 6 Jonathan Davies 26 7 Kevin Ashcroft 23 8 Derek Whitehead 21 9 Greg Mackey 20 10 Les Jones 14<