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Friday 30th May 2014, 20:00 - Round:15
|Chris Bridge 2, Chris Hill, Joel Monaghan,||T||Kylie Leuluai,|
Chris Bridge 4,
Attendance: 10,312 Official: J Child Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Chris Bridge scored 16 points in a man-of-the-match display as Warrington Wolves continued their fine form with an excellent 24-6 victory over First Utility Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Wire went into the match on the back of three comprehensive wins and it showed as they completely outplayed the Rhinos, who could not contain the home side's speed around the ruck.
After an even opening Warrington took control of the contest courtesy of Bridge's brace and a Chris Hill try.
Carl Ablett and Zak Hardaker put their names in the hat for tackle of the season either side of the break before Kylie Leuluai scored his first try of the campaign on his 200th Super League appearance.
Joel Monaghan had the last word as the Wolves made it five home wins in a row and knocked the Rhinos off top spot.
Warrington were boosted by the return of both Joel and Michael Monaghan. They came in for Brad Dwyer and the influential Ben Westwood, who began his three-match suspension.
The Rhinos made just one change as their own talisman Jamie Peacock replaced Brett Delaney, who was ruled out through illness.
The Wolves almost took the lead as early as the second minute but Stefan Ratchford could not finish off an enterprising last-tackle play.
It was Leeds' turn to spurn a good opportunity next, Ablett spilling the ball as he reached for the line after receiving a short pass from Chris Clarkson.
Warrington edged ahead on 18 minutes when Michael Monaghan's inside ball found Bridge, who dummied Hardaker on his way to the line before converting his own try.
Wire were celebrating again 10 minutes from the break after Hill slid between the posts following a break by Richie Myler.
Bridge added the extras to pass 1,000 career points and brought up another milestone before half-time as he took a pass from Myler and got on the outside of his man to go over for his 100th Warrington try.
The hosts thought they had a fourth in the final minute of the half but were denied by a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Ablett on Joel Monaghan.
Hardaker dragged a flying Rhys Evans into touch just short of the try line as Warrington threatened to pull away further at the start of the second period.
The Wolves continued to cut Leeds open and had a try ruled out at the end of another sparkling move for a knock-on by Ben Evans.
Bridge knocked over a penalty to put Warrington 20-0 to the good before the Rhinos gave themselves hope on 60 minutes through Leuluai after good work by fellow prop Peacock as the visitors kept the ball alive.
That was as good as it got for Leeds, though, and Joel Monaghan added gloss to the result with a try in the corner after receiving a cut-out ball from Micky Higham.
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