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Warrington 47-0 Huddersfield

Warrington (25) 47
Tries: Riley 2, J Monaghan 2, Bridge, King, Hodgson, Myler, Atkins
Briers 3, Bridge 2 Drop Goal: Briers
Huddersfield (0) 0

Chris Riley
Riley was the first Wire man to score five tries in a Super League match

Rampant Warrington steamrollered their way to the Super League play-off semi-finals as hapless Huddersfield were humiliated at the Halliwell Jones.

Chris Riley ran in two early tries, while Wire's other winger Joel Monaghan matched him with a brace.

Chris Bridge, Matt King, Brett Hodgson, Richie Myler and Ryan Atkins all crossed as Tony Smith's in-form side galloped in for nine tries.

Huddersfield were scoreless for the second time in eight matches.

Having also lost 36-0 at Bradford in mid-July, and having now won just twice in eight matches, and become only the second team to be nilled in 85 play-off ties since 1998, Nathan Brown's men will have to seriously up their game to stand any chance in next Saturday's preliminary semi-final against either Leeds or Catalans.

Huddersfield had won three of the last four meetings with Warrington, including the 34-22 triumph at the Halliwell Jones which ended Wire's season in the play-offs 12 months ago.

But the Wolves were boosted by the return of skipper Adrian Morley following eye surgery for only his second appearance in nearly three months and his solid first half-hour stint helped lay the platform which left the Super League table-toppers Warrington just 80 minutes away from a maiden Grand Final appearance.

From the moment that Riley, switched back to the wing a week ago to make way for the return of former Huddersfield full-back Hodgson, raced over in the seventh minute, there was never much doubt that Warrington would wreak their revenge.

Riley, who ran in 29 tries last season, has been squeezed out this season by the arrival of Aussie winger Monaghan.

After just six tries all season, two of them on loan at Harlequins in May, he ran in a double on his recall as Wire claimed the League Leaders' Shield at Hull last weekend. And he made it four in two matches inside the first half hour to set his side on their way.

If you give Warrington so much field possession, they can do that to anyone. They showed that against Wigan only two or three weeks ago

Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown

The Wolves ran in seven more without reply against woefully weak resistance and earned themselves a week off, in which their only job will be to choose their semi-final opponents - and clear their treatment room, having lost prop Garreth Carvell after 20 minutes with a dead leg, while Michael Monaghan picked up a shoulder injury and Hodgson and Ben Harrison both sustained ankle knocks.

But, on this form against his old club, Smith's current side are firm favourites to add the Super League trophy to the League Leaders' Shield presented to them at the end of this Friday night supershow.

The versatile Bridge was the architect of both Riley tries and he also got on the scoreboard after winning the race to Hodgson's grubber kick.

Bridge kicked two goals, also improving the first of Monaghan's two tries, before going off for treatment midway through the first half.

Warrington lost some of their fluency in his temporary absence, but they added a fifth try when centre King took a suspiciously forward pass from Simon Grix to touch down and Briers, who also landed three conversions, kept the scoreboard ticking over with a drop goal two minutes before the break.

The Giants trailed 22-0 inside 23 minutes in their last meeting with Wire before clawing back some respectability in going down only 28-16 but they never looked up to any kind of fightback this time.

They were reduced to 12 men with the sin-binning of Scott Grix four minutes into the second half for holding down Myler and the home side took full advantage by scoring twice in his absence.

Monaghan grabbed his second, a minute after being denied by the video referee, and Hodgson then sliced through a yawning gap in the visitors' defence to score before Myler kicked ahead for his side's eighth try and centre Atkins completed the scoring from Hodgson's pass.


Warrington coach Tony Smith:

"I thought our performance was very good. I was delighted with the effort and I'm pleased for the players.

"They're in a good place at the moment. We're in good form and have been for a while.

"It was one of those games where, if you don't play tough, you come out wrong side. We learned some lessons from last year's experience."

Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown:

"Obviously the scoreboard doesn't reflect well on us as a group. But, if you are on the back of a big penalty count and you give Warrington so much field possession, they can do that to anyone. They showed that against Wigan only two or three weeks ago.

"We're still alive next week. We'll come in tomorrow, dust ourselves off and sit down and have a bit of meeting and decide where we're going to head.

"It's not great but I've been in these situations. Last year we got beat by 60 by Warrington and then came back and beat them here later in the year. These turnarounds can happen."


Warrington: B Hodgson; J Monaghan, King, Atkins, Riley; Briers, Myler; Morley, M Monaghan, Carvell, Anderson, Simon Grix, Bridge.

Replacements: Clarke, Harrison, Cooper, Solomona.

Huddersfield: Scott Grix; McGillvary, Horne, Lawrence, D Hodgson; Brown, Brough; Mason, Faiumu, Griffin, Gilmour, Fa'alogo, Patrick.

Replacements: Crabtree, Raleigh, Kirmond, Robinson.

Attendance: 10,006.

Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens).

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