Super League: Warrington Wolves too strong for Bradford Bulls
Last Updated: 30/06/13 5:29pm
Michael Monaghan: On the scoresheet for the Wolves
Warrington moved to within two points of Super League leaders Wigan with a 26-12 victory over Bradford at Odsal.
The visitors had to wait until midway through the first half for their first try through Ben Currie, but Lee Briers, Michael Monaghan and Trent Waterhouse all crossed before the break to give Warrington a 20-0 half-time lead.
Ryan Atkins' try all but ended the game as a contest shortly after the resumption before Chev Walker and James Donaldson grabbed consolation tries for Bradford in their fifth consecutive defeat.
The Bulls defended stoutly for the opening quarter but they were made to pay for their first lapse in concentration, as rising star Currie burst through a gap in the home defence to cross in the left corner from 30 yards out to finally break the deadlock in the 20th minute.
Bradford's line was breached again three minutes later as a slick move down the right ended with Chris Riley passing inside to Briers, who this time would not be denied.
The Wolves added two more tries before the interval to put themselves firmly in the ascendancy.
First, indiscipline in the tackle from Bradford gave Warrington a penalty 30 yards from goal and Monaghan superbly dived over the line near the posts after clever work from dummy half
Second-rower Waterhouse then squeezed over on the left from stand-in scrum-half Stefan Ratchford's pass.
Any hopes the Bulls had of getting back into the match after the interval took a significant blow as Atkins intercepted a cut out pass and dived over unchallenged five minutes after the re-start, with Brett Hodgson knocking over his third conversion.
To their credit, the Bulls refused to lie down, but they looked bereft of ideas in attack and a couple of handling errors cost them dear in crucial positions.
Their persistence paid off, however, as seconds after John Bateman had been held up Walker went over under the posts in the 66th minute, while Donaldson's try on the hooter gave the Bulls the final word.
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 Devils0 - 0Castleford 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
Super League 2013 round 20
New arrival Jamie Soward told Boots he is determined to boost the Broncos' flagging fortunes.
Wakefield prop Justin Poore has been warned over a tackle on Hull's Shannon McDonnell on Monday night.
Stevo says Wakefield's forwards are driving them up the Super League table after their win at Hull FC.
- Gentle furious after defeat
- Crooks' hat-trick not enough
- Cummins explains Gale absence
- McDermott salutes Rhinos
- Rhinos storm past Vikings
- Noble: More to come from Reds
- Reds tame toothless Broncos
- Powell - Play-offs 'possible'
- Rovers return to haunt Saints
- Tigers upset wounded Warriors
- Giants stride past Dragons
- Bulls v Wolves: Teams
- Vikings v Rhinos: Teams
- Broncos v City Reds: Teams
- Saints v Hull KR: Teams
- Soward set for Broncos debut
- Giants v Dragons: Teams
- Warriors v Tigers: Teams