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Record breaking Wolves go top!


WARRINGTON Wolves re-wrote the record books with a 14 try 82-6 demolition of Harlequins at the Halliwell Jones Stadium to go top of Super League.
Prior to kick off there was a minutes applause to celebrate the life of former Warrington winger Mike Kelly who passed away recently, including a guard of honour from dozens of former Warrington Legends.
Meanwhile on the pitch a first half hat-trick from Centre Chris Bridge helped pave the way for Warrington’s biggest ever league points tally in the history of the club, as they completely outclassed the hapless Quins in every department, with a near faultless performance of the highest calibre.
With Quins also challenging for top spot it was expected to be a tough close encounter but in reality Warrington had too much class and power all over the pitch as they piled on more than a point a minute.
While Warrington were near faultless across the pitch the Quins could do little right as they were consistently penalised for interfering at the the play the ball as they tried to slow down the rampant Wolves.
With hooker Michael Monaghan and half-backs Richie Myler and Lee Briers dominating play from the kick-off, the game was over as a contest in the opening 25 minutes as Bridge scored three of the opening four tries, on 6, 14 and 25 minutes, with the other try coming from Lee Briers on 20 minutes after great interaction with Monaghan and Myler.
Brett Hodgson (pictured right) was on target with all four conversions to put Warrington in total control at 24-0.
The Quins had a brief respite when Warrington were penalised for the only time of the half on 32 minutes with Briers then fumbling allowing the visitors to re-gain possession. From the resulting play Luke Dorn went under the sticks with Luke Gale adding the extras. But that was as good as it got for Quins who effectively condemned themselves to defeat with some schoolboy errors.
On 35 minutes they tried to keep the ball alive on their own try line instead of accepting a drop-out as David Solomona pounced on the loose ball to score and then two minutes later Myler snatched a loose carry to go in near the sticks. Hodgson converted both to make it 36-6 at the break.
There was no let up from the Wolves in the second half as they started where they left off, with possibly the try of the game, as a sweeping move down the left saw the powerful Bridge burst clear to feed Myler who kicked ahead for young winger Rhys Evans to score, with Hodgson again on target.
Warrington were in no mood to let up and added further tries from Solomona, Westwood twice, Adrian Morley, Matty Blythe, Lee Mitchell and finally Hodgson, who converted all but one, with 13 from 14 attempts and a personal points tally of 30, to go top of the indvidual points scoring table.
The victory sets up the prospect of a mouth-watering clash with 2nd placed Wigan at the DW Stadium next Friday evening.

Ben Harrison powers through the Quins defence.

Points machine Brett Hodgson shares a joke with Michael Monaghan and Ben Harrison.

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Wolves: Hodgson, J Monaghan, Blythe, Bridge, Evans, Briers, Myler, Carvell, M Monaghan, Wood, Grix, Westwood, Harrison.
Subs: Morley, Solomona, Mitchell, Clarke.

Harelquins, Dorn, Melling, Howell, Price, O’Callaghan, Gale, Randall, Ward, Ellis, Wilkes, Chubb, Purdham, Bailey. Subs: Temata, Ambler, Bryan, Kouparitsas.

Ref Steve Ganson Atten 11,505.


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