Saturday 16th July 2011, 15:00 - Round:22
|Luke Dorn 2, Daniel Sarginson, Andy Ellis,||T||Garreth Carvell, Chris Bridge 4, Joel Monaghan, Lee Briers, Richie Myler, Paul Wood,|
Luke Gale 4,
Brett Hodgson 7, Mickey Higham, Lee Briers,
Attendance: 3,842 Official: S Ganson Venue: Twickenham Stoop Stadium
Chris Bridge ran in four tries as Warrington Wolves kept up the heat on Engage Super League leaders Wigan Warriors by demolishing Harlequins RL 54-24 at the Stoop.
Loose forward Bridge helped himself to three of the Wolves’ six first half tries, adding his fourth minutes after the break as the visitors cruised to a comfortable win.
For Quins it was an eighth home defeat in 11 games as their sorry season continued.
The visitors had the best possible start, taking the lead inside the first two minutes.
Luke Gale looked to kick early in the tackle count, only for a charge down to allow Gareth Carvell to canter under the posts.
Warrington were clearly in the mood despite the slippery conditions, and they added a second try just minutes later.
After a wave of pressure had the London side on their heels, Richie Myler dummied through a gap and offloaded for Bridge to touch down.
Quins were simply not at the races, and Bridge helped himself to his second try on nine minutes when he shrugged off some weak tackling to stroll home.
The men from the capital seemed incapable of maintaining possession, while Tony Smith’s men were simply able to do whatever they wanted.
Memories of March no doubt flooded through the minds of home fans, with the Wolves having destroyed Quins 82-6 in the reverse fixture earlier this campaign.
But to their credit the hosts did flicker into life, Gale cashing in after his own kick had deflected off a host of players to claim a try.
A lengthy stoppage for an injury to Matt King halted a brief Harlequins revival in its tracks and Joel Monaghan pushed Warrington further ahead when he darted over after Bridge had been held just short.
Things were swiftly becoming embarrassing for the hosts, even more so when Michael Monaghan breezed through some weak tackling to tee up Lee Briers.
The visitors were already up to the 30-point mark, with less than 30 minutes on the clock.
The one-way traffic continued, Bridge helping himself to his hat-trick after Brett Hodgson had engineered a gap.
It was more of the same after the break, Bridge notching his fourth when he was on hand to take a Joel Monaghan offload from a Myler kick.
Myler then struck with a try of his own as Quins once more fell apart.
As they had in the first half, the home side showed signs of life, Luke Dorn tearing home after a Tony Clubb break.
Dan Sarginson then got in on the act, the teenager jinking inside and out before diving over for Harlequins’ third try.
But with the Londoners seemingly unable to stop Warrington from offloading in the tackle, coupled with them regularly giving up possession, it was never going to be more than a brief respite.
Paul Wood rounded things off for the Wolves when he crashed over minutes from time, with Andy Ellis adding a last-gasp consolation.
Hodgson added seven kicks for Warrington, with Briers and Micky Higham finding the target once each, while Gale kicked four goals for the home side.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals
Clean Breaks: 3