Team News Rd4Warrington Wolves v St Helens, Friday 4th March, 05. Kick Off 8.00pmDue to injuries Paul Cullen has named a 19 man squad, those with an asterisk require a late fitness test:1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love*5. Dean Gaskell6. Lee Briers (C)8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton*11. Logan Swann12. Mike Wainwright14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood17. Danny Lima18. Graham Appo*20. Warren Stevens22. Steve Pickersgill23. Andrew Bracek26. Nicky RoyleINJURIES4. Toa Kohe Love - shoulder injury sustained in Rnd2 v Leigh (20/07/05)7. Nathan Wood - knee injury sustained in Rnd3 v Hull (27/02/05)8. Mark Hilton - shoulder injury sustained in Rnd3 v Hull (27/02/05)13. Paul Noone - knee injury sustained in Rnd3 v Hull (27/02/05)16. Paul Wood - ankle injured in Rnd 1 v London Broncos (13/02/05)18. Graham Appo - knee injured in training pre Rnd 2 v Leigh Centurions (20/02/05)19. Daryl Cardiss - hamstring pre-season injury sustained pre-Boxing Day friendly v Widnes (26/12/04)21. Simon Grix - fractured fibula/ankle socket, dislocated ankle and torn ligaments sustained in U21s grading fixture v Leeds Rhinos (26/02/05)25. Chris Bridge - ankle injury on going pre-signing on 20/01/05
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen looks at the Round 3 loss to Hull and towards this Friday's visit by St Helens to the Halliwell-Jones Stadium.HULL FC: WHAT HAPPENED?We competed very well for the vast majority of this game and are greatly encouraged by aspects of our performance. Conceding 6 points on 39 minutes and 6 points on 79 minutes pushes the score board away from us but we nullified a very potent attacking threat from a very good side for considerable periods during a high speed, high quality game. WAS THERE FOR YOU IMPROVEMENT ON THE LEIGH PERFORMANCE?A 23% improvement on our completion rate and a 50% reduction on our error count is very self explanatory.HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK FROM A DEFEAT?By continuing to improve all aspects of our performance. IS IT HARD TO REMAIN POSTIVE?It is very easy to be negative but we don't work that way!WHAT'S THE MOOD LIKE IN CAMP AT THE MOMENT?Excited by the prospect of taking on St Helens with our backs against the wall.WE ARE FACING THE BIG TEAMS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF ROUNDS ST HELENS THIS WEEK AND LEEDS NEXT WEEK AWAY, IS THE PRESSURE ON?The pressure is always on, the real question is how we handle it! MORE INJURIES THIS WEEK: WHAT IS THE UPDATE? WHO'S OUT AND WHO'S BACK?It has been a very costly weekend. We have had two very encouraging performances at both senior and U21 level but at a price!Simon Grix - AnkleChris Bridge - AnklePaul Wood - AnkleGraham Appo - KneeNat Wood - KneePaul Noone - KneeMark Hilton - ShoulderToa Kohe-Love - ShoulderDaryl Cardiss - HamstringWe will not be able to announce a squad of 20 players 72 hours before kick off or a squad of 18 players 24 hours before kick off. If none of the above are available we will have to utilise part time academy players. HOW FAR OFF IS CHRIS BRIDGE?A risk assessment offers that the longer we give him to prepare the more we will get out of him long term.
Injury UpdateNathan Wood, Mark Hilton and Paul Noone all picked up knocks in the Round 3 game against Hull on Sunday.7. Nathan Wood is doubtful for Friday's clash v St Helens after picking up a knee injury against Hull FC on Sunday10. Mark Hilton is also doubtful after a shoulder injury as a result of Sunday's game13. Paul Noone is also rated doubtful after a knee injury occurred v Hull FC21. Simon Grix has fractured his fibula and ankle socket and dislocated his ankle and torn ligaments after playing in the U21s v Leeds on Saturday. He is set to be sidelined for a minimum of 2 months.
U21s/18s Pushed to the LimitThe Warrington Wolves U21s/18s underwent a gruelling training weekend with the Royal Green Jackets at Weeton Army Barracks, Fleetwood the other weekend as part of their pre - season training. The focus of the weekend was about team building and understanding how each other works when under pressure. This is an ongoing process with links to the Wolves Community team who under Special Projects Officer Brian Chambers will be undertaking coaching sessions for the battalions Army Challenge Cup tournament.The weekend's tasks involved being split into groups to introduce a competitive element into everything that they faced, such as building bridges and moving objects over the bridges without touching the sides of the bridge, assault courses which tested fear and communication levels with the lads encouraging each other to complete the tasks. Also on the agenda was log carrying exercises which brought out individual determination and commitment to team effort. Players also underwent group and individual assessments to set out expectations of them for the season ahead.Even though the main focus of the weekend was on communication, team building and determination the team also underwent rigorous skill sessions with the ball.U21s Coach Gary Chambers commented on the weekend, "It was a great weekend in accessing this season's team as a group and individuals. We were able to identify strengths and weaknesses in a unique environment and this has provided us with a strong grounding for this season. The team worked well together and really developed as a unit. My thanks goes out to the Royal Green Jackets who went out of their way to support us and provide us with everything we needed for a hard working, but fun weekend."
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen gives his view on the Leigh match and looks toward a Round 3 trip to the KC Stadium on Sunday.TWO POINTS, BUT A DIFFICULT TWO POINTS?Yes, made so by the ball we gave away and very grateful recipients who proved to be very motivated, very enthusiastic and much improved from their previous effort.HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF INDIVIDUAL ERRORS DISPLAYED AGAINST LEIGH?One error, is one too many, 14 are suicidal. Our collision and shape stats are in good order but our completion rate is 25% off the mark. WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO TRY AND COUNTERACT THESE PROBLEMS?Practise and protection.We can not allow a player's confidence that may be rattled to be shattered in a witch hunt. HAS THE WEATHER CONDITIONS BEEN A FACTOR IN PERFORMANCE?No.HOW HAS TRAINING GONE THIS WEEK?Remarkably positive, considering the reception we have received. BIG GAME AGAINST HULL THIS WEEK, WHO DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THEIR DANGER MEN?E. Dowes and I. Higgins provide a very solid platform, which is the base that Hull kick and chase from.WHAT HAPPENED TO GRAHAM APPO LAST WEEK HAVING BEEN NAMED IN THE 20?He was injured after being named in the 20, which was 72 hours before kick off!HOW ARE THE INJURIES PROGRESSING?Chris Bridge and Paul Wood are on course whilst Daryl Cardiss and Graham Appo need further attention.
Have A Proper RantThe BBC's Super League Show is starting a new item called "Rugby League Rant" that will be included on show each week. "Rugby League Rant" offers fans the opportunity to have their say by recording themselves talking about any issues in the game and then e-mailing the clips to the show email@example.com. The best selection of clips will then by shown each week. Clips can be recorded onto tape, mobile camera phone or digital camera and should be no more than one minute in length.
Park and Ride to the WolvesParking a problem on matchday?Then look no further than Warrington Collegiate on the A49 into Warrington, park your car for ś4.00 and ride to and from the stadium. Hassle Free!What do you get for ś4.00?A bus service for the occupants of the car (bargain for a car of 5) from the Collegiate car park to the West Stand Turnstiles on Dallam Lane and then collection from the same point after the match back to you car on the Collegiate. You canĘt miss the College itĘs the 2nd Roundabout on the A49 and clearly signposted.The service operates from 1.00pm on Sunday matchdays and 1¢ hours before evening kick off.450 car park spaces available.Warrington Wolves and Warrington Collegiate coming together to make your matchday parking hassle free!
Rd 2 Ticket InformationRd 2 Ticket InformationWarrington Wolves v Leigh CenturionsSunday 20th February 2005, kick off 3:00pm
- Tickets are still available for this match in all areas, but there is only 200 tickets left for the Primetime (South) Stand
- Payment will be taken on all turnstiles (that includes the Lever Faberge (West) Stand for Leigh Centurions supporters)
- The ticket office will be open from 12noon and the turnstiles will open at 1.30pm on Sunday
- Ticket collections are from the Main Reception, which will be open from 9.00am on matchday
- St Rocco's Hospice: Official Charity to Warrington Wolves will be launched and they will be holding a bucket collection on the day
- This is not an all ticket fixture
Cullens CommentThe Wolves Coach looks back to the opening game of the season and a lost two points in the Capital as well as looking towards the first home game of Super League X.YOUR POST MORTEM ON LONDON?Scoring five tries of that quality away from home and having two tries disallowed is tough to take. Momentary lapses in concentration in defence were our downfall; these were highlighted when the pace of the game had dropped away. Especially, on contentious decisions and re-starts. The Broncos were more opportune than us and their extra goal kicks proved to be the difference.ANY POSITIVES FROM THE GAME?The way we constructed our sets to score our tries and how we responded when the negatives came. To lose six points in the first 40 seconds off a freak ricochet and come back to score 16 unanswered points until just before half time signifies the control of the game we had for large periods. The Broncos were in our half twice in the opening 40 and scored 12 points, the lapse in concentration for the second try lifted their spirits and thus their performance measurably.HOWĘS PAUL WOOD?In rehab and progressing well.ANY REACTION TO RONNIE LAUGHTONĘS DECISION TO CARRY ON PLAYING WHILE YOU HAD A MAN DOWN RECEIVING ATTENTION?Safety is the most relevant issue. Between six officials we should expect that someone could take notice of the players support staff and crowd who were attempting to draw there attention especially when the medics were running on with a stretcher. We had to defend a set with twelve men and attack a set with only twelve men.WE TAKE ON LEIGH THIS WEEKEND CAN YOU READ ANYTHING INTO THEIR STYLE OF PLAY FROM THEIR FIRST GAME AGAINST HUDDERSFIELD?Yes, very committed, very enthusiastic and very determined. We are on our guard.A LOT OF FORMER WARRINGTON PLAYERS ARE RETURNING THIS WEEKEND DOES THAT MAKE PREPARATIONS EASIER BY HAVING COACHED THEM BEFORE?Leigh has ten ex-Warrington players in their squad all IĘm sure with a point to prove.WAS THERE ANY SHOCK RESULTS IN THE OPENING WEEKEND OF ENGAGE SUPER LEAGUE FOR YOU?Our focus has simply been on our corrections post London and our preparations pre-Leigh.WHAT IS THE SITUATION WITH PHIL BERRY?As indicated in our press release.
Phil BerryWarrington Wolves have announced that Phil Berry has been suspended with immediate effect pending an investigation by the RFL. No further comment will be made at this stage.