Super League: Warrington Wolves maul Huddersfield Giants
Last Updated: 05/05/13 6:01pm
Warrington made it three wins on the spin in Super League with an impressive 34-12 rout of second-placed Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.
Trent Waterhouse crossed for two of the Wolves' six tries as last season's beaten Grand Finalists slayed the Giants, meaning leaders Wigan remain three points clear at the top of the table.
Brett Hodgson also touched down for the visitors as well as kicking five goals, giving the full-back a personal haul of 14 points for Tony Smith's side.
Huddersfield had grabbed an early lead when Craig Kopczak put Jermaine McGillvary over, but the end of the first 40 minutes found themselves trailing 22-6.
The hosts didn't help themselves with a number of errors; Jason Chan's knock-on set up the opportunity for Mickey Higham to smuggle his way over from close range, Hodgson adding the extras to level the scores.
Waterhouse then grabbed a brace in the space of five-minutes, firstly accepting a gift from full-back Scott Grix near the Giants' line before finishing off a well-worked handling move soon after.
Grix's gamble to step out for an intercept let in Stefan Ratchford for an easy try, Hodgson adding his third conversion to open up a 16-point gap.
The game then boiled over on 38 minutes when Huddersfield centre Leroy Cudjoe was hauled into touch by three defenders as he went for a try, sparkling an ugly melee involving most players on the field.
Before the half-time hooter sounded the Giants found themselves down to 12 men, Danny Brough being sin-binned for dissent after the award of a controversial penalty.
Warrington stretched further clear when Ratchford's pass allowed Hodgson to go over in the right corner after 51 minutes, the scorer also adding the extras.
Teenage hooker Kruise Leeming then scored on his Huddersfield debut at the other end following an acrobatic off-load from Luke Robinson, only playing after his red card against Catalan Dragons was rescinded in mid-week.
Yet the Wolves refused to allow their opponents to launch a recovery, rounding out the scoring in the 68th minute with a converted try from centre Atkins.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League Round 14
Widnes Vikings beat Super League whipping boys London 42-24 but had to survive a late Broncos fightback at the Hive.
In-form Huddersfield ran in seven tries on their way to 38-22 victory over winless London Broncos.
Widnes beat St Helens 35-28 at Langtree Park to record their first ever Super League success over their opponents.