Super League: Warrington Wolves crush St Helens
Last Updated: 25/05/13 9:21pm
Warrington's Stefan Ratchford is tackled by Sia Soliola
Chris Riley scored two of Warrington's eight tries as the Wolves beat St Helens 48-22 in the climax to day one of Super League's Magic Weekend at the Etihad Stadium.
Second rower Trent Waterhouse also crossed twice and kicked eight goals from as many attempts as the Wolves bounced back from their surprise home defeat by Hull to secure their fifth win out of seven at the annual two-day Super League extravaganza.
Saints made the worst possible start when Jon Wilkin's grubber kick was seized on by Simon Grix and, inside the first set of tackles, Richie Myler and Ryan Atkins combined to get Riley over for his first try.
They looked to be still in shock when Atkins leapt in the air to collect Stefan Ratchford's lofted kick to score a second try and, with Ratchford adding both conversions, the Wolves led 12-0 after five minutes.
Superb offloads by ball-handling Pacific Islanders Willie Manu and Tony Puletua created the space for centre Jordan Turner to get winger Ade Gardner over for Saints' opening try on 16 minutes.
Tom Makinson kicked the touchline conversion and there were only two points between the sides when stand-off Nathan Ashe sent Turner over for a second try after Atkins had lost the ball on his own 20-metre line.
The game was finely balanced at that stage but the Wolves took a firm grip with three more tries in the last 13 minutes of the first half.
Riley took two defenders over the line with him after taking Ratchford's pass for his second, veteran Lee Briers dummied his way past Wilkin and Waterhouse finished off a 50-metre flowing move for his side's fifth try of the first half.
Ratchford's fumble on his own 10-metre line early in the second half gave Saints a perfect attacking platform and they made the most of it when Turner gathered Wilkin's kick to claim his second try.
Warrington's grip loosened even more midway through the second half when Gardner fended off Myler to race down the wing and second rower Josh Jones got the supporting Lance Hohaia over for a fourth Saints try.
Makinson kicked his third goal to cut the gap to just eight points but the Wolves simply stepped up a gear in the final quarter to run in three more tries.
Waterhouse took Myler's pass to stretch out for the line to register his second, Grix had a simple run-in after Turner had shot out of the defensive line to attempt an interception and returning skiper Adrian Morley supported a break by Mickey Higham to score the most popular try of the day.
First Utility Super League
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Magic Weekend 2013
The best of Sunday's action from Super League's Magic Weekend at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott felt his side had a late try harshly ruled out in their 20-16 defeat to Wigan.
Wigan put an end to Leeds' perfect record at Magic Weekend with a hard-fought 20-16 triumph at the Etihad Stadium.
- Anderson: We owed them one
- Seven-try Giants tame Bulls
- Noble: Let's build on victory
- James double sinks Vikings
- Magic musings
- Smith thrilled for Morley
- Hull hit back to stun Rovers
- Powell hopeful following win
- Tigers annihilate Wildcats
- Dureau thrilled with comeback
- Dragons too hot for Broncos
- Wane wants revenge on Leeds
- McDermott: No Leeds crisis
- Every angle covered
- City Reds v Vikings: Teams
- Rhinos v Warriors: Teams
- Bulls v Giants: Teams
- Powell ready for crucial test
- Wellens: Saints need to build
- Gentle aiming to end hoodoo
- Dragons v Broncos: Teams
- Hull FC v Hull KR: Teams
- Saints v Wolves: Teams
- Tigers v Wildcats: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent