WILMSLOW Wolves will cross the Irish Sea with their leadership intact.

But they will face a stern test of their lofty position when they face Douglas on the Isle of Man on Saturday.

The Manx men are going well, lying fourth in RFU North One West having taken some notable scalps.

They also have the league’s best defensive record, conceding on average 12 points per game.

It will be no easy mission for Wolves.

Wilmslow will head there in confident mood though after their sixth win in seven outings was achieved at the weekend.

They toppled lowly Warrington 47-22 in a hugely entertaining and remarkably clean game that saw Wilmslow score seven tries.

Wolves eventually pulled away from a game young Warrington side.

When the visitors scored their second try just after the break to claw back to within four points of Wilmslow, the outcome looked anything but certain.

Robert Taylor’s side though steadied the ship and in the last 30 minutes scored four tries for what was ultimately a comfortable win.

For Wolves, there was the unusual sight of the returning Bob MacCallum starting on the bench, Andy Rimmer was at scrum half in place of the absent Sean Street and there was a Wolves debut for front row Ollie Stockwin.

Wilmslow coach Chris Jones must have been delighted with the way his team took their chances.

There were four tries for left winger Jamie Kingdon, one for Sam Cutts on the right wing, one for Mark Jennings, playing at full back, and one for prop Jordan Ayrey who touched down when the ball was recycled on the Warrington line.

There was also a big reduction in the number of penalties conceded at the breakdowns with the consequence being that Wolves spent less time defending deep in their own half than in some recent games.

Once again, though, they managed to combine some sublime play with the inept, particularly at the restarts where the Warrington forwards plundered the ball on at least four occasions.

At times, their passing and ball retention was also laboured, which opened up opportunities for Warrington.

Jonny Kennedy broke the Warrington line to offload to Mark Jennings, who strolled in for Wolves’ first try.

Wilmslow soon had a further scrum from which their backs broke away for Jamie Kingdon, coming in from his wing, to take an inside scoring pass.

Jennings converted both tries.

Elusive running from winger Max Caldwell through midfield ended with him scoring Warrington’s first try.

Scrum-half Rimmer was fortunate not to have been judged to knock on at the base of the scrum and a little dart as he recovered the ball opened up the way for Kingdon to outrun the defence down the left touchline for his second try.

Moments later, Warrington countered for full-back Darren Norman to claw back three points for 21-10 at half time.

Wilmslow’s passing and handling let them down shortly after the game restarted and from the scrum, the Warrington back line completely bamboozled the Wilmslow defence with some incisive running and passing to put their right winger Jack Morgan in for a well crafted score.

That, though, was as good as it got for them, with Wolves becoming less profligate with the ball.

MacCallum was brought into the back line and he had a hand in all four of the Wolves subsequent scores and converted three of them.

Firstly he set up a catch and drive penalty lineout position and when Warrington lost their prop Green to a yellow card for pulling down a lineout illegally, Wolves were able to make their extra man count with a drive from which after several attempts, Ayrey touched down.

Within five minutes, Wolves were back between the Warrington posts where quick accurate passing put Kingdon, coming in off his wing again, in for the fifth try.

Soon after, Wilmslow opted for a scrum in front of the Warrington posts and again simple passing saw Sam Cutts cross for try number six.

There was a brief riposte from a mark by Warrington in their own half which they tapped and set their left winger Roma Zheng off for a long breathtaking run down the touchline past several would be tacklers for a third try in the corner.

From a scrum in the Warrington half, Danny Kennedy, now moved to No.8 in place of an injured Alex Taylor, made yet another of his powerful trademark runs and when after several drives the ball was released along the backs, Kingdon outstretched the defence again for the last word.