Darcy Lussick knocked on and Widdop had the simple task of picking up the loose ball and racing to the tryline to touch down. The new metric will rate the pressure on a player in possession, factoring in the number of defenders around them, their distance from the player with the ball and the direction of movement in relation to that player. Danny Ings has been the star player for Southampton under Ralph Hasenhuttl so there is understandable concern right now. The chips are not falling in Chisora’s favour but he is still competing at the top level – Usyk and Parker, two former world champions consecutively, did not enjoy their 12 rounds with him and on both occasions, there was a case for the opposite result. But he retains a lofty ranking with the WBO and could yet battle back into contention – he was, remember, once a part of an exciting, unbeaten triumvirate of world champions alongside Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
His ability to defy boxing’s norms and infrastructure to revel alongside champions, despite a world title being at stake in only one of his 43 fights, has always been part of his unique charm. Boxing has been good to Chisora over the past few years but he has been dealt an unexpected reminder of its enduring harshness in his past two fights, with consecutive sets of scorecards that left him deflated and ruing his luck. White’s ascension has continued in the postseason as he has the most tackles on playoff teams (26, over just two games!), as well as an interception and two fumble recoveries. We need to learn and understand how countries like New Zealand and Australia are getting their younger players ready so well that they step onto a Suncorp Super Netball court or an ANZ Premiership court and look instantly at home. With Widdop and Ratchford in sensational form, Warrington scored three converted tries in the opening 11 minutes to take a grip on the game they never looked like surrendering.
Ratchford kicked the goal to make it 12-0 with only seven minutes played. Lussick went some way to making amends as he scored a try in the 49th minute after taking Chris Atkin’s pass from short range and Livett added the goal. Harvey Livett added the conversion. Morgan Escare’s well-timed pass was taken by Livett running a good line and he touched down against one of his former clubs before adding the extras himself to cut the deficit to only eight. Carragher played in his fair share of Merseyside derbies himself as a Liverpool defender, and was left feeling his former club had enjoyed a mental edge over their near-neighbors which had inhibited Everton’s hopes of taking the bragging rights in games between the pair down the years – something Ancelotti managed to overcome last weekend. Chisora’s run of mixing it with the division’s top dogs need not be over yet, but as the years rack up, he must avoid the hazard of letting anyone else be the master of his destiny. Despite his howler at the weekend for Derby County against Barnsley, David Marshall has been excellent in goal over the last number of games.
Ratchford added his fifth goal to give Warrington a 26-12 half-time advantage. Ratchford edged Warrington further in front with a penalty after a high shot by Seb Ikahihifo on King but Salford replied with a well-crafted try of their own seven minutes before half-time. Jake Mamo and Gareth Widdop also scored two tries for the Wolves but it was former Salford full-back Stefan Ratchford who took the individual spoils – scoring 26 points against his old club thanks to a try and 11 goals from as many attempts. Widdop, who could have counted himself unlucky not to have scored in the first half, got a try within two minutes of the restart. Just watching the NFL Draft for years and years and just seeing everybody excited once they get their name called, I finally got that opportunity to be in that situation and I felt the excitement that everybody else feels when they got Drafted so it was fun.