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Warrington takes out Super League derby

Press Association logoPress Association 13/04/2017

A dominant first-half display from Warrington ensured they stayed above derby rivals Widnes in the Super League basement battle.

The pressure was on both sides and both coaches, Denis Betts and Tony Smith, after the two teams had only registered three points from their previous eight fixtures.

However, it was Warrington boss Smith who was much the happier afterwards with his side holding on for a 19-10 victory after bossing much of the opening period.

Widnes made an electric start with Stefan Marsh sprinting over in the corner after only four minutes of play after the Wolves had coughed up the ball on their 30m line.

The conversion was missed by Chris Bridge, though, and that was as good as it got for the Vikings in the first period as Warrington sprang into shape.

The hosts dominated the final quarter but could not find the killer pass to put them within touching distance, and young halfback Declan Patton had the final say with a 77th-minute penalty goal which was enough for the two points.

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