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Friday 18th April 2014, 14:45 - Round:9
|Gareth O'Brien, Joel Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Chris Bridge, Rhys Evans 2, Ben Currie, Ryan Atkins,||T||Paddy Flynn,|
Chris Bridge 4, Stefan Ratchford 2,
Attendance: 10,500 Official: B Thaler Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Two tries by winger Rhys Evans and a 12-point haul from centre Chris Bridge helped Warrington Wolves to a convincing 44-6 derby success over Widnes Vikings at the Halliwell Jones stadium.
Evans touched down twice after the interval and Bridge scored a try and four goals from five attempts as Tony Smith's side bounced back to form after their somewhat indifferent start to the season.
The Wolves produced a superb first-half display to lead 24-0 at half-time through tries from Bridge, Michael Monaghan, Joel Monaghan and Gareth O'Brien, all converted by Bridge.
And they made sure of victory in the second half with Evans claiming his brace and Ben Currie and Ryan Atkins also crossing, with Stefan Ratchford adding two further conversions.
On a disappointing afternoon for the Vikings, Paddy Flynn notched their only try six minutes from time - a mere consolation effort converted by Danny Tickle.
Warrington were without the injured trio of Ben Westwood, Paul Wood and Simon Grix, while half-back Richie Myler was left out so O'Brien was given a starting spot and Roy Asotasi and Ben Harrison awarded places in the pack.
Stefan Marsh and Joe Mellor were still sidelined for Widnes, who welcomed back Cameron Phelps, Alex Gerrard and Danny Galea.
It was the Wolves who made the perfect start and they were ahead after four minutes. O'Brien was on hand to take Michael Monaghan's pass and crash over from close range for the opening try, which Bridge converted.
Seven minutes later O'Brien turned provider as his inch-perfect kick to the corner allowed winger Joel Monaghan to dive on the loose ball in spectacular fashion.
Bridge landed an excellent touchline conversion to give the home side an early 12-0 advantage.
It got even better for Smith's men when Michael Monaghan joined his brother on the scoresheet as he burrowed his way through the Widnes defence to touch down. Bridge maintained his 100 per cent record with the boot to make it 18-0 after just 17 minutes.
Widnes had rarely threatened during the opening period. The closest they went to troubling the scoreboard was when Ian Smith ruled that Jack Owens just failed to touch down Kevin Brown's kick before the ball rolled dead.
The Wolves claimed their fourth try of the half six minutes before the break when Micky Higham made a 30-metre midfield break and Bridge was in support to take his pass and touch down. The centre landed his fourth conversion of the game to give Warrington a commanding 24-0 half time advantage.
It took Warrington three minutes after the restart to add to their tally when O'Brien's long pass allowed Evans to dive over in the corner.
And they added to Widnes's misery with two tries in three minutes midway through the half as Evans claimed his second and Currie also touched down to stretch the lead to 38-0.
On a day to forget for Dennis Betts' side, winger Flynn scored a late consolation try for the visitors, which Tickle converted, but there was still time for the Wolves to finish in style when Atkins crossed in the final seconds to complete the rout.
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