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
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K RvsSalford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull 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
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