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York Valkyrie 44-4 Warrington Wolves - Match Report

York Valkyrie extended their winning start in 2023 to six matches after beating Warrington Wolves 44-4 in the Summer Bash at the LNER Community Stadium.

Liv Whitehead and Tara Jane Stanley both finished with braces for York, with Sinead Peach, Tamzin Renouf, Rhiannion Marshall and Georgie Hetherington also all on the scoresheet for the Valkyrie.

The victory secured a third straight Betfred Women's League win for Lindsay anfield's side, who maintained their place at the top of the table.

York needed just six minutes to open the scoring as Stanley's cut-out pass found Whitehead for the winger to touch down in the right corner.

Stanley added the conversion, her first of six goals from nine attempts.

A replica move brought try number two for York, with another long Stanley putting Whitehead over after Andrade's offload.

Warrington responded with their only score of the afternoon. Lucy Eastwood reached out to score down the right-hand side, though Michelle Davis was unable to add the conversion.

The Valkyrie widened the gap before half-time when Stanley turned from provider to scorer.

The Woman of Steel waltzed over from Tamzin Renouf's low pass that she smartly picked up, ensuring a 16-4 lead at the break.

York continued to add to the scoreboard in the second half, scoring five unanswered tries.

Peach diving over from dummy-half on the back of a Jas Bell drive before Renouf crashed over as the Valkyrie worked the ball left from Grace Field's offload.

Stanley, who had earlier missed a penalty goal, got her second when finishing a fine Hetherington inside pass.

The floodgates had opened by the point that Marshall broke through the middle from 30m out to score under the sticks.

Hetherington scored the final try of the afternoon down the right edge from Rihari's pass, wrapping up a convincing victory.

York: Stanley, Taylor, Kershaw, Hetherington, Whitehead, Renouf, Gale, Wood, Peach, Staveley, Andrade, Hendry, Field

Subs (all used): Rihari, Bell, Marshall, Sanderson

Tries: Whitehead (6’, 12’), Stanley (26’, 74’), Peach (54’), Renouf (65’), Marshall (77’), Hetherington (79’)

Goals: Stanley (6/9)

Warrington: Davis, Johnston, Baggaley, Simpson, Stephens, Eastwood, Magraw, Sharrock, Jelves, Latchford, Williams, Haley, Westwood

Subs (all used): Ramsden, Courtman, Downs, Roberts

Tries: Eastwood (18’)

Goals: Davis (0/1)

Referee: Tommy Gibbs

Geoff Pryce Player of the Match: Rhiannion Marshall


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