Super League: Warrington beat Hull KR to extend winning run
Last Updated: 21/07/13 6:19pm
Mike Cooper: Ran in second half try for Warrington
Warrington raced away in the second half to beat Hull KR 34-6 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and claim their eighth straight victory.
Rovers, who were themselves on a winning run of five games, failed in a bid to climb above Catalan Dragons into fifth spot in the Super League standings.
It still looked a possibility at half-time with the Wolves fortunate to be 12-6 ahead through from tries from Brett Hodgson and Mike Cooper, who both went over early on before Jordan Cox replied for Hull KR.
But the Wolves took the game away from their opponents after the break with four unanswered tries, two from Ben Currie and one each from Chris Riley and Michael Monaghan.
Warrington, who face Hull FC in the Challenge Cup semi-finals next Sunday, rested skipper Adrian Morley, Ben Westwood, Stefan Ratchford, Paul Wood and Simon Grix, with Richie Myler and Ryan Atkins injured.
And their opponents were on top early on as Travis Burns just failed to reach a Craig Hall kick after the half-back had started the move with a superb pass.
It was Warrington who went in front, though, following a strong burst by Garreth Carvell, with Chris Bridge's kick bouncing kindly for Hodgson to touch down after six minutes and the full-back added the conversion to his own score.
The Wolves stretched the advantage to 12 points in the 13th minute when Cooper blasted through Constantine Mika's tackle.
Burns' pass allowed Cox to round Hodgson to go over and reduce the deficit, with Michael Dobson converting to score for his 13th match in a row against Warrington - a run stretching back five years.
Josh Hodgson and Burns both had tries disallowed to leave Warrington clinging to their 12-6 lead at the interval.
But the Wolves took control after the break and after a number of near misses, Lee Briers sent Currie over in the corner after a Bridge breakaway.
Greg Eden was stopped by Currie and Briers as Rovers attempted to fight back but a solo try from Riley 17 minutes from time calmed Warrington's nerves.
Rovers' hopes were well and truly dashed when Lincoln Withers missed a vital tackle to allow Monaghan to scamper over near the posts, and Currie bagged his second try six minutes from time as Rovers ran out of steam. Brett Hodgson finished with four goals, while Briers slotted over one.
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
Super League 2013, round 22
Leeds welcome back England captain Kevin Sinfield in Friday's re-arranged Super League game at Wakefield.
Three Salford players have been given bans in the wake of Friday's stormy Super League game against Catalan Dragons.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane defended his decision to field a weakened side despite suffering a 22-16 defeat to St Helens.
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- Salford heap misery on Dragons
- Bulls revive play-off hopes
- Burrow on the air
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