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
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
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