Wolves too good for Wildcats
A review of the weekend's action in the First Utility Super League, as Warrington, Hull KR and Castleford registered wins on Sunday.
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Ben Currie crossed twice in an impressive individual display as Warrington continued their dominance over Wakefield with a 36-4 win.
The Wolves arrived at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on the back of victories over Catalan Dragons and St Helens and they moved up to fifth in Super League courtesy of a 36-4 triumph.
Three tries in six minutes just before the break ultimately won the match for Warrington, Currie scoring two and Gene Ormsby one to build on Stefan Ratchford's early effort as the visitors claimed an 18-0 half-time lead.
Chris Bridge's converted try early in the second period made it 24-0 and after Lucas Walshaw briefly gave the Wildcats hope, Ryan Atkins and Richard Myler wrapped up the Wolves' ninth successive win over the Wildcats and fifth in a row at Belle Vue.
London crashed to their 14th successive First Utility Super League loss of the season after suffering a 48-16 defeat at Hull KR.
The Broncos have been showing signs of significant improvement under new coach Joe Grima, having run Huddersfield and Catalan Dragons close in recent weeks.
And while they threatened to mount a comeback in the second half at the KC Lightstream Stadium after reducing a 22-4 deficit to within six points, they were ultimately left to rue defensive lapses as the Robins earned their second successive win.
On-loan St Helens winger Ade Gardner, Craig Hall and Josh Hodgson both touched down twice while there were also tries for Neville Costigan, Adam Walker and Kevin Larroyer, with Travis Burns adding six conversions as Craig Sandercock's men moved back into the play-off places.
A stunning second half from Castleford ensured they picked up their second consecutive win as they saw off a spirited challenge from Widnes to move back to third place with a 34-22 victory.
Leading 12-10 at the break, the Vikings were well in the ascendancy for long periods, but three Cas tries in four second-half minutes proved to be the difference, as Luke Dorn marked his return to the side with a brace of tries.
Catalan Dragons moved into the top-eight play-off positions with a convincing 46-4 home victory over Bradford Bulls on Saturday.
The hosts ran in eight tries thanks to Morgan Escare (2), Elliott Whitehead against his former club, Michael Oldfield, Mickael Simon, Daryl Millard, Leon Pryce and Zeb Taia, while Thomas Bosc added seven conversions.
Bradford's only reply in Perpignan was a try form Jamie Foster early in the second half.
It was a second crushing defeat in a week for the struggling Bulls who were beaten 54-16 by Huddersfield at the Magic Weekend last Sunday.
They remain in the relegation zone on zero points, with their survival hopes now seemingly dependent on the success of their appeal against a six-point deduction.
The Super League leaders were humbled by a young Wigan Warriors side last weekend but got back to winning ways against a lacklustre Hull outfit.
Joel Moon's scrappy try was the sole effort in a first half to forget at a rain-sodden Headingley Carnegie.
Brad Singleton touched down to give Leeds some breathing space before 18-year-old hooker Ward went over to the delight of the home crowd.
Jamie Shaul crossed in the final minute but it was little more than a consolation for the Airlie Birds as they reflected on a fourth straight defeat.
In the night's other game, skipper Paul Wellens led from the front as St Helens responded to his verbal broadside with a dominant performance to end Huddersfield's five-match winning run in the Super League.
Wellens had labelled his side's 41-24 derby defeat by Warrington an "embarrassment" while coach Nathan Brown questioned his players' attitude but both men will be delighted with the way they bounced back to record a 41-22 victory over the Giants at Langtree Park.
Wellens was among the tryscorers on his record-equalling 419th Super League appearance as he turned the clock by by reclaiming his old full-back spot in the absence of the injured Jonny Lomax, one of seven regulars missing from the Saints line-up.
Gary Wheeler scored two tries while Lance Hohaia, Matty Dawson, Jon Wilkin and Mose Masoe also crossed.
Huddersfield's tryscorers were Larne Patrick, Ben Blackmore (2) and Brett Ferres.