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Friday 1st July 2011, 20:00 - Round:20
|Brett Ferres, Rangi Chase, Ryan Hudson, Greg Eden,||T||Brett Hodgson 2, Richie Myler, Matty Blythe, Matt King 3, Joel Monaghan, Ryan Atkins,|
Brett Hodgson 6,
Attendance: 5,947 Official: J Child Venue: The PROBIZ Coliseum
Matt King claimed a clinical hat-trick as leaders Warrington Wolves underlined their Engage Super League title credentials with another thumping win over Castleford Tigers.
The Wolves destroyed Terry Matterson's side 62-0 on home soil two months ago and again had far too much quality, despite missing skipper Adrian Morley and playmaker Lee Briers.
Tony Smith's men led 24-0 at the break after tries from Brett Hodgson, Richie Myler, Matty Blythe and King.
King added two more scores to complete his treble and with Joel Monaghan, Hodgson and Ryan Atkins adding further scores, Castleford's spirited second-half rally ultimately meant little.
The Tigers crossed through Ryan Hudson, Brett Ferres, Rangi Chase and Greg Eden but the damage had long since been done.
Hodgson went over after just two minutes with a fine individual effort, breaking from full-back and gliding past a flimsy challenge from Richie Mathers for a try he converted.
The Wolves went close to extending their lead midway through the opening period when a fine handling sequence saw Myler, Hodgson and King combine to find Atkins.
The former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats centre look certain to squeeze over in the left corner before Mathers and Eden combined to haul him into touch.
Warrington continued to look dangerous with ball in hand and a brilliant piece of footwork and turn of pace from Atkins saw him leave a trail of home defenders in his wake and slip Myler in for the simplest of scores.
Hodgson converted but the full-back was wasteful moments later when his errant pass denied Simon Grix the chance to go over.
Shortly before the half-hour mark, however, Blythe had too much strength and too much speed for the bewildered home defence as he cut in from the right flank for a try which Hodgson converted.
Two minutes before the break, it got worse for Castleford as David Solomona and Atkins combined to work the ball to the left flank where King was on hand to crash over.
Hodgson added the extras to leave his side 24-0 up and in total control at the break.
Solomona produced some wonderful handling after coming off the bench and was prominent again when the Wolves grabbed their fifth try three minutes after the restart.
The powerful forward fired a smart pass to Hodgson and he sent King over in the left corner.
Moments later Hodgson was pivotal again as he sent Monaghan over before King completed his treble with another fine finish.
Jacob Emmitt and Mike Cooper were then sinbinned for fighting but Castleford hit back with a flurry of tries from Ferres, Chase, Hudson and Eden, yet Hodgson's second and a try from Atkins confirmed an emphatic Warrington win.
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