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Warrington Wolves 35-16 Hull Kingston Rovers

Warrington (6) 35
Tries: Briers 2, Anderson, Atkins, Monaghan, King
Briers 5 Drop Goal: Briers

Hull KR (4) 16
Tries: Welham, Ratu, Fisher Goals: Dobson 2

Lee Briers
Scrum-half Briers took his tally of tries for the season to five for Warrington

Lee Briers ran in two tries as title-chasing Warrington eased back to within two points of Wigan at the top of the Super League table.

Rovers centre Kris Welham opened the scoring on 16 minutes to stun Wolves.

But scrum-half Briers added his own try seven minutes later to earn Warrington a 6-4 half-time lead.

And Warrington ran in five second-half tries, three of them in a decisive five-minute spell, through Louis Anderson, Briers and Ryan Atkins.

Michael Ratu and Ben Fisher added late tries for Hull KR, but Warrington added two more of their own through hooker Michael Monaghan and Matt King to avenge their 36-16 defeat at Craven Park in April.

Warrington were missing England trio Adrian Morley, Chris Bridge and Ben Westwood, while Garreth Carvell, Richie Myler and Jon Clarke were also absent.

Michael Monaghan took over the captaincy from Morley, with Simon Grix switching to stand-off and Tyrone McCarthy recalled from a loan spell at Leigh for only his second appearance of the season.


But Rovers, without an away win since beating Harlequins on 5 April, had their own problems with Jake Webster staying on the sidelines alongside Liam Colbon.

Warrington made the brighter start, but Rovers hit back to snatch the lead with a well-worked Welham try, Michael Dobson sprinting into the line for his precision kick to bounce kindly for the centre's 11th try of the season.

But Briers then intercepted a Ben Galea pass to race 90 metres to score, showing enough pace to ignore the supporting Chris Hicks.

Clint Newton's sin-binning in the 54th minute for an illegal tackle proved costly as Warrington cashed in three times against the 12 men.

First, Anderson forced his way over for a converted try, then Briers took King's pass to make it 18-4 and Rovers were still a man short when Ben Fisher failed to deal with a kick and Atkins accepted the gift.

Ratu went over for Hull KR nine minutes from time, Dobson converting, before Briers dropped a goal.

Monaghan then added a fifth try for Warrington, Briers tagging on his fourth conversion from five attempts, before Fisher grabbed a late effort for Rovers.

But the hosts had the final say, King pouncing for their sixth try in the last minute, Briers tagging on the goal.

Warrington coach Tony Smith:

"There were a couple of little blemishes at the back end but we were pretty dominant throughout.

"The scoreboard may not have been clicking over but we knew it would eventually.

"It was inevitable we were going to win and the players felt in control at half-time."

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan:

"There were three back-to-back decisions by the officials which were wrong.

"The sin-binning was too much for us to handle and robbed us of any chance of winning the game.

"They capitalised by scoring 16 points and they were mistakes by the officials.

"We played a quality side but were with them for a long time.

"Their first try was an interception and if we keep turning up with that sort of effort and get 50-50 calls we will win more than we will lose."

Warrington: Mathers, Hicks, King, Atkins, Riley, Grix, Briers, Wood, Monaghan, Harrison, L Anderson, V Anderson, Solomona.
Replacements: Higham, Cooper, Mitchell, McCarthy.

Hull KR: Briscoe, Fox, Ratu, Welham, Cockayne, Murrell, Dobson, Vella, Fisher, Netherton, Newton, Galea, Watts.
Replacements: Clinton, Hodgson, Wheeldon, Lovegrove.

Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham).

Attendance: 9,216.

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