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Bradford Bulls 14-58 Warrington Wolves

Bradford (0) 14
Tries: Kopczak, Lynch, Whitehead Goals: Ah Van
Warrington (32) 58
Tries: Anderson 2, Atkins 2, M. Monaghan, King, J. Monaghan, Hogson, Higham, Bridge, Briers Goals: Hodgson 7

Brett Hodgson
Hodgson scored a try and seven goals in the 58-14 win at Bradford

Warrington moved back to the top of Super League on points difference with 11 tries in a 58-14 win at Bradford.

Two Louis Anderson tries, Ryan Atkins, Michael and Joel Monaghan and Matt King put Warrington 32-0 ahead at half-time.

Brett Hodgson, Atkins, Mickey Higham, Chris Bridge and Lee Briers then added to the total as the visitors topped 50 points for the fourth time this year.

Craig Kopczak, Andy Lynch and Elliott Whitehead scored second-half tries for the home side.

Warrington, who have now won three of their last four matches, will lose top spot if St Helens beat Hull on Monday.

I thought for 60 minutes our defence was absolutely awesome and got some very good rewards for it

Wolves coach Tony Smith

The rout began as early as the third minute as Marc Herbert's attempted clearance was charged down by Mick Monaghan to set up second-rower Anderson for the first of his two tries.

Centre Atkins went over from 70 metres after picking up a loose ball, before Anderson added his second try and Mick Monaghan charged down Olivier Elima's kick to cross the line himself.

King scored his first try of the season and fellow winger Joel Monaghan his 11th as Warrington took full control.

With five regulars already on the sidelines, the home side lost winger Shaun Ainscough and second rower Elima before the break to add to their woes.

Elima has a posterior cruciate problem and could be out for the rest of the season.

Hodgson converted four of his side's six first-half tries as Warrington led 32-0 at half-time, the full-back turning try-scorer five minutes into the second half.

Former Bradford forward David Solomona neatly set up Atkins for his second try of the match and the home side's misery was summed up when Herbert fumbled under no pressure allowing Warrington's replacement hooker Higham to race 60 metres for another soft score.

Bradford rallied in the last 12 minutes with consolation tries for Kopczak, Lynch and Whitehead, while ex-Bulls centre Bridge scored a breakaway try for Warrington and Briers went over in stoppage time.


Bradford coach Mick Potter:
"We were poor in some areas. You give a team like that so much start and it makes it hard.

"We didn't finish our sets off very well at all. It's tough when you come off at 32-0 down at half-time.

"We addressed a few areas in the second half but the horse had bolted. I thought the players showed a bit of resilience in the second half but the game was long gone."

Warrington coach Tony Smith:

"It was a strange match. We can score tries but our first-half points came from the efforts of our defence.

"I thought for 60 minutes our defence was absolutely awesome and got some very good rewards for it.

"Some people could say everything went our way but it didn't. Two kick-offs went dead and we had some dropped ball on first and second tackles.

"It wasn't all picture perfect but our attitude when that happened was very good."


Bradford: Royston; Ainscough, Platt, Walker, Ah Van; Sykes, Herbert; Lynch, Diskin, Kopczak, Elima, Sibbit, Olbison.

Replacements: Whitehead, Burgess, Hargreaves, L'Estrange.

Warrington: Hodgson; J Monaghan, Bridge, Atkins, King; Briers, Grix; Morley, M Monaghan, Wood, Anderson, Westwood, Harrison.

Replacements: Higham, Cooper, Carvell, Solomona.

Attendance: 14,134

Referee: Thierry Alibert (Toulouse).



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