Super League: Warrington make most of fast start to beat St Helens
By Rob Lancaster. Last Updated: 30/08/13 11:29pm
Warrington kept alive their slim hopes of finishing the Super League season on top of the table with a 29-16 win over St Helens at Langtree Park.
Perhaps still smarting from their shock home loss to Widnes last time out, the Wolves scored four tries in the opening 24 minutes to build up a healthy cushion against their rivals.
Saints recovered from such a disastrous start to cross twice themselves before the break and when Jonny Lomax converted his own try on 55 minutes, it seemed the hosts would go on and complete a remarkable comeback.
However Warrington dug deep, Lee Briers slotting over a drop goal before Garreth Carvell grabbed a late try to make the final score look comfortable - it had been anything but
The result means Huddersfield have to wait a little longer to secure the League Leaders Shield - a win over Wakefield at home on Sunday would secure the Giants the top seeding in the play-offs and also see them end the campaign at the summit for the first time in 81 years.
Saints, who had won five on the spin going into the contest, will look back with regret on a sluggish start.
Joel Monaghan showed his finishing abilities to catch and convert a Briers chip into the right corner to break the deadlock before Rhys Evans marked his first appearance since Good Friday by sliding over on the left-hand side.
Another Briers kick led to Micky Higham scoring a third try for the Wolves, the hooker ripping the ball free from Lomax and then catching it as he fell over towards the turf.
Evans had a second try chalked off before a St Helens error put Warrington in prime position again, Trent Waterhouse making the most of a fortunate bounce off his own thigh after Simon Grix's grubber had struck a home player and rebounded into the Australian's path.
Stefan Ratchford added three conversions and at that stage Tony Smith's side looked on course for a repeat of their 48-22 mauling of the same opponents at Magic Weekend back in May.
Yet Saints - who are already certain to finish outside the top three for the first time in nine seasons - came charging back, Jordan Turner plunging over to get them on the scoreboard before Andrew Swift dived in at the left corner just prior to the half-time interval.
They then camped out inside Warrington's territory at the start of the second half, and eventually, after several close calls, an offload by Willie Manu gave Lomax enough space.
He also added the extras to cut the gap to six, thought that would prove to be as close as St Helens would get.
Briers scuffed over the 73rd drop goal for the Wolves to give them some breathing space and Carvell rounded out the scoring when he showed tremendous athleticism to dive over Lomax and ground a grubber as the full-back waited for it to run dead.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsLiveHull 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 26
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson gives his reaction to the 40-0 win over Wakefield.
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