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Match report: Warrington 27-18 Brisbane

2012 was the last time an English side beat an NRL team. Photo credit: Andy43167

Warrington became the first English side to triumph in the World Club Series with a 27-18 victory against Brisbane at the Haliwell Jones Stadium.

The Wolves made a quick fire start, Kevin Brown scoring a debut try for the Wire inside two minutes after a break from Joe Westerman. Declan Patton nailed the conversion to give Warrington a 6-0 lead.

Patton then kicked a penalty between the sticks later just a short while after to continue the positive opening period for Tony Smith’s men.

A quarter of an hour gone and Brown was involved in Warrington’s second try, the halfback putting in Ryan Atkins over on the far side.

As the half progressed Brisbane were still struggling to build any sort of momentum, David Mead fumbling Brown’s kick before Matty Russell dived across moments later.

Patton continued his 100% kicking record to give the Wire a commanding 20-0 lead inside the opening quarter.

Oates opened the scoring for the Broncos, taking Anthony Milford’s pass and evading the chasing Russell to dive across.

After a brief spell of Broncos pressure near the Warrington line, Lineham added his name to the scoresheet two minutes before the interval to leave the Broncos trailing by 18 points.

Just as the Wolves had started quick out the blocks in the first half it was the Broncos who opened the scoring in the second, James Roberts easing through the Warrington line before scoring a length-of-the-field try.

As the game entered the final quarter, Patton ensured the scoreboard was still very much in the home side’s favour with a drop goal to see the Wolves lead 25-12. The Warrington-born halfback notched up a further two points for his side with another penalty entering the final quarter of an hour.

Mead cut the Wolves’ lead to nine points with eight minutes left, grounding the ball after Lineham failed to deal with Darius Boyd’s kick.

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