Hemel Stags 40 Warrington Wizards 6
Hemel Stags got back to winning ways at the weekend as they blitzed Warrington Wizards at Pennine Way.
After two shock away defeats in their last two games, Stags returned to their Pennine Way fortress and put in the kind of display which has seen them cruise their way to the top of the table.
Stags welcomed back big prop Jame Howitt from Australia and also handed a debut to loose forward Jermaine Coleman, signed this week from professional club London Skolars.
It was the visitors who had the better of the opening exchanges, but it was Stags who posted the first score on the quarter hour mark when a defence-splitting pass from Ben Kavanagh found Mitch Henderson in acres of space, and he went over un-opposed before Ryan Butcher converted.
Soon afterwards, Ilija Radan produced a good run following a knock on by Warrington, with the ball reaching Henderson to make it 10-0. Butcher again added the extras.
Stags were beginning to dominate proceedings, and a good break by hooker Nick Wong allowed Oli Fountain to touch down for Hemel’s third try in six minutes.
The final score of the half came when Wizards knocked on 30 yards out, Butcher cleverly kicked on the first tackle and Barry John Swindells was in position to drop on the ball as it crossed the try line.
The second half started as the first had ended – Fountain was unlucky to be held up over the line, but from the next play the ball was worked to the middle of the park where Henderson sold a dummy and waltzed over for his hat-trick try.
Butcher converted again to keep up his 100 per cent record with the boot.
The Wizards fought hard to get back into the game but spoilt a couple of promising attacks by throwing the ball wildly and finding touch rather than the man.
And they were made to pay for their profligacy as an attack started by new boy Coleman ended when a grubber kick from Butcher allowed Fountain to touch down. Butcher, predictably, had no trouble converting.
Hemel’s final score started with Coleman catching a high Warrington kick and passing to winger Ash Fyson who released Jimmy Phillips to go over under the sticks, with Butcher’s kick ending the home side’s scoring.
However, there was still one more try to come as Warrington gained some consolation courtesy of an Alan Redcliff try.