Wolves continue winning streak
A review of the weekend's action in Super League XVIII.
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Warrington kept up their impressive record with a third straight Super League win after they beat in-form Huddersfield 34-12 at the John Smith's Stadium with Trent Waterhouse claiming two tries on Sunday.
Waterhouse pounced on a slip by Huddersfield full-back Scott Grix near the Giants tryline on 18 minutes for a simple score in the left corner before he polished off a slick move involving Richard Myler and Brett Hodgson on 24 minutes.
Hodgson, the veteran ex-Giants skipper, added the extras twice to help Warrington towards a comfortable 22-6 half-time lead.
Mick Higham, Stephan Ratchford, Ryan Atkins and Hodgson also scored for Warrington, while Huddersfield's response came courtesy of tries from Jermaine McGillvary and Kruise Leeming - both converted by Danny Brough.
Powell confirmed in the wake of Featherstone's win at Batley that he was leaving the club after a successful four-year stint in charge, and is expected to be unveiled by the Tigers on Tuesday morning.
A month ago the job looked liked a poisoned chalice but, with former player Orr having overseen wins against Widnes and now 32-24 against Hull KR, he will pick up a squad now third bottom on points difference having overhauled London and Salford this weekend.
The Tigers recovered from 18-12 down to see off Rovers - rapidly sliding themselves with three defeats in as many league games - thanks to tries from Ryan Boyle, Justin Carney (2), Michael Shenton, Jonathon Walker and Jordan Tansey, plus four conversions from Jamie Ellis.
Rovers had taken an early lead through Rhys Lovegrove, but despite two more from Liam Salter and one from Omari Caro, all converted by Michael Dobson, they ended up well beaten.
Winger Peter Fox and second rower Danny Kirmond scored two tries apiece as Wildcats boss Richard Agar, the French national coach, enjoyed a comfortable 30-12 success against the nucleus of his World Cup squad.
Ben Cockayne also crossed for the hosts, with Lee Smith botting all five conversions.
Kevin Larroyer crossed in each half for the Dragons, with Thomas Bosc converting both.
The Dragons were there for the taking as they struggled to cope with the absence of eight members of their first-team squad and suffered a fourth defeat in their last five league matches to lose more ground on the leaders.
Wakefield, on the other hand, comfortably managed to offset the loss of stand-off Paul Sykes, with Kyle Wood slotting into the role to form a useful combination with the ever-dangerous Tim Smith, although the man-of-the-match award deservedly went to impressive centre Dean Collis.
Wigan led 22-0 at the break with Sam Tomkins scoring one and having a hand in three others as they completely dominated a Salford side who looked out of their depth in defence and clueless in attack.
Tomkins set up Josh Charnley's second after the break and managed to cross over for his double as the league leaders proved too strong for the Reds, who suffered a 42-0 defeat to the Warriors in their opening game of the season.
The Wigan tries in total went to Tomkins (2), Charnley (2), Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Liam Farrell, Lee Mossop and Blake Green.
Adam Walne scored a late try for Salford.
The Vikings celebrated their first ever Super League victory over their neighbours, who fell apart after sweeping into an early 12-6 lead.
Widnes ran in three tries in a five-minute spell to go ahead 28-12 at the break and Saints could not find a way back.
Steve Pickersgill, Jack Owens (2), Jon Clarke, Stefan Marsh and Joe Mellor crossed for Widnes, while tries from Luke Thompson, Anthony Laffranchi, Ade Gardner, Tony Puletua and Alex Walmsley were not enough for St Helens.
Centre Carl Ablett scored a try in each half as Super League champions Leeds eased to a comfortable 42-22 triumph over Bradford to stretch their unbeaten run to eight matches and climb to third place in the table.
Prop Ryan Bailey marked his return from a four-match ban with his first try of the season and Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield kicked seven goals from seven attempts on his 450th appearance for the club.
Kallum Watkins, Mitch Achurch, Danny McGuire and Zak Hardaker were the other players to score tries for Leeds.
Elliot Kear (2), Ben Evans and Brett Kearney went over for Bradford.
Hull celebrated the long-awaited competitive debut of captain Gareth Ellis in style as they strolled to a 48-12 victory over London Broncos for their fifth win in their last six games in league and cup.
Ellis was meant to make his debut on the opening day of the season at Leeds in February but a foot injury robbed him of the opportunity.
His performance on Friday night was steady, leaving it to the returning Daniel Holdsworth and Hull's youngsters to steal the show.
Ben Crooks (2), Tom Briscoe (2), Richard Whiting, Kirk Yeaman, Joe Westerman and Mark O'Meley scored Hull's tries.
Matt Cook and Michael Witt were the men to cross for London.