Wolves run in a dozen
Warrington bounce back from cup defeat in emphatic style
Last Updated: July 31, 2011 6:48pm
Atkins scored four tries
Warrington returned to Super League action with a 64-6 demolition of Bradford at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday.
The 12-try rout saw the Wolves keep up the pressure on Wigan at the top of the table, reducing the leaders' margin to just a single point.
Tony Smith's men bounced back from their quarter-final defeat to Wigan in emphatic style, with leading points scorer Brett Hodgson claiming 18 points with two tries and five goals.
Centre Ryan Atkins claimed four tries, winger Joel Monaghan grabbed a hat-trick and Matt King also crossed twice for the home side.
The Bulls could not have made a worse start when Patrick Ah Van put the kick-off out on the full to give the hosts ideal position for centre Atkins to crash over for their first score.
Three minutes later Bulls prop Bryn Hargreaves lost possession deep inside his own half and Hodgson and Richie Myler combined to send King over in the corner.
A searing blindside run from Hodgson allowed King to race clear before delivering an inside pass for Atkins to claim his second try on 21 minutes.
And five minute before the break Warringon were able to extend their lead when Atkins broke down the left.
The ball was switched across the field and Monaghan went over in the corner, with Hodgson converting to give his side a 26-0 advantage at the interval.
It took Warrington just four minutes from the restart to stretch their lead further, Hodgson selling the Bulls' defence a neat dummy before slipping through the hole and touching down.
Hodgson once again added the conversion to make it 32-0 and then grabbed his second try in the 51st minute when supporting a break by Bridge to race clear and score.
Eight minutes later Bridge was involved again, this time sending Joel Monaghan over for his second try of the game.
And then the winger intercepted Marc Herbert's pass and sprinted the length of the field to complete his hat-trick in spectacular fashion and make it 48-0.
Three minutes later the hosts notched up their half century when King collected Paul Sykes' kick and raced 60 metres, sending Atkins clear to complete his hat-trick.
Atkins claimed his fourth try on 72 minutes to extend the lead to 58-0 and Michael Monaghan went in for try number 12 soon after.
The Bulls finally scored a consolation try when Bridge's pass was intercepted by Ah Van in the closing minute, but they will find little solace in that after this hammering