Wolves turn

up the heat

Pictures George Thornton Words Gary Skentelbery

Warrington Wolves turned up the heat on the race for a top six spot as they moved up to seventh in the Super League table after beating Salford City Reds 46-20.
But it took a try from the visitors after 15 minutes to spark the Wolves into life as they raced into a 30-6 half-time lead with some stunning rugby in sweltering conditions.
Gary Hulse and Darren Burns scored a brace each and were joined on the score sheet by Mike Forshaw, Ben Westwood, Graham Appo and Jerome Guisset. Lee Briers was superb with the boot kicking seven of the eight conversions.
Salford, who mounted a brief second half recovery, scored four tries through Kevin McGuinness, Andrew Johnson, Stuart Littler and Nathan McAvoy. Chris Charles kicked two conversions.
Despite Salford going ahead after 15 minutes through a McGuinness try, Warrington responded in a clinical manner by scoring five tries in just 20 minutes to keep their top six hopes alive as both Huddersfield and Wakefield lost.
Head Coach Paul Cullen singled out Lee Briers' impressive kicking performance.
"Lee Briers showed how important he is to us and Graham Appo also did well," said Cullen.
But it was pint sized Gary Hulse who was voted man of the match with another top class performance, playing out of position at full-back.
Although still jittery under the high ball, he pulled off some fine try saving tackles as the last line of defence and his support play was rewarded with two tries.
  • Pictures show Lima on his way to setting up Hulse's try and Hulse off-loading to Darren Burns.