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Leeds Rhinos 6-42 Warrington Wolves

Leeds (6) 6
Tries: Buderus
Goals: Sinfield
Warrington (12) 42
Tries: Briers 2, J Monaghan, Solomona, Bridge, M Monaghan, King
Goals: Hodgson 7


Joel Monaghan try
Joel Monaghan pounces for his 13th try of the season at Headingley

Rampant Warrington further established their title credentials as they romped to a seven-try victory over hapless Leeds at Headingley.

Danny Buderus responded to early first-half tries by Lee Briers and Joel Monaghan to leave Leeds right in it at only 12-6 down at the break.

But Tony Smith's men looked different class to his old side after the break.

David Solomona, Chris Bridge, Michael Monaghan, Matt King and Briers crossed, Brett Hodgson kicking seven goals.

After three straight 'nillings' against Keighley and Swinton in the Challenge Cup, as well as Castleford, Warrington did concede their first try for four weeks.

And the only disappointment was the loss of winger Joel Monaghan with a knee injury.

But, with their first win at Headingley for five years, completing a double over the Rhinos after the 40-18 win at the Halliwell Jones in March, the ravenous Wolves showed no sign that this purple patch is likely to end soon.

Warrington also destroyed Leeds in last season's Challenge Cup final at Wembley when they raced to a 12-0 lead inside the first 18 minutes.

And they did exactly the same at Headingley, Briers, last August's Lance Todd Trophy winner, leading the way.

Following on from his club record 44-point individual haul in last weekend's 112-0 Challenge Cup win over Swinton, Briers began and finished the move that gave Warrington a ninth-minute lead, Hodgson converting.

Joel Monaghan's not great. I think it's a medial ligament problem

Warrington coach Tony Smith

When Monaghan then raced in at the right corner for his 13th Super League try of the season, with the reliable Hodgson again adding the extras, it looked an uphill battle for the Rhinos.

But Leeds, who had Danny McGuire back after injury at scrum-half, rallied well.

Zak Hardaker and Brett Delaney both had tries chalked off before Leeds finally scored six minutes from the break with another effort that looked slightly suspect.

Leeds finally breached Wolves try-line for the first time since 1 May when home skipper Danny Buderus wriggled his way through - but the video replay suggested that referee James Child maybe ought to have taken this one upstairs too.

Warrington, who had their own free-scoring scrum-half Richie Myler back in action after missing five matches with a fractured cheekbone and eye socket, ended the first half looking the more uncomfortable of the two sides.

But they took just three second-half minutes to turn the game round again.

An inside pass from winger Monaghan fed Solomona and he stormed over, Hodgson again improving to restore the Wolves' 12-point cushion.

Hodgson then put three scores between the teams with a penalty, awarded for dissent while in possession by Leeds forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan. And the visitors made sure of victory with four more tries in the final quarter.

From then on, there was only one winner as Bridge, Michael Monaghan and King, making a rare appearance in the second row, all ran in tries.

And Briers rounded it off by proving the night's first and last scorer as Tony Smith's men took their points tally to a mammoth 354 in the month of May.

POST-MATCH VIEWS

Leeds coach Brian McDermott:

"I don't think it was one of those cases where the scoreline doesn't suggest the outcome of the game. I thought it did.

"Warrington deserve a lot of credit because I thought they played the field position very well. It was 26 minutes before we had a real good attacking position in the second half.

"Our ball control was poor and our discipline was very poor. Whether James Child has made a bad call or not doesn't interest me. We got far too wrapped up in him rather than the things we could control."

Warrington coach Tony Smith:

"Joel Monaghan's not great. I think it's a medial ligament problem.

"But we're playing well and confidently, and with a lot of determination and all the ingredients that you like to have. We also realise that you can have a dip in form. At the moment our form is great and we're going to keep enjoying it. We'll enjoy it for as long as we can."

"I thought Leeds played well, particularly in the first half. I've watched most of their games this year and I know they've had some wins lately but I thought they were better in that first half than in a lot of those games."

TEAMS

Leeds: Smith; Hardaker, Delaney, Ablett, Hall; Sinfield, McGuire; Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Lauitiiti, Hauraki.

Replacements: Kirke, Burrow, Pitts, Bailey.

Warrington: Hodgson; Williams, Bridge, Atkins, J Monaghan; Briers, Myler; Morley, M Monaghan, Carvell, King, Westwood, Grix.

Replacements: Solomona, Cooper, Higham, Wood.

Attendance: 17,276.

Referee: James Child (Dewsbury).



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