Warrington Wolves extended their winning run in the Super League to four matches after a 38-18 victory over Wakefield Trinity at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
After an even opening eight minutes, Warrington took the lead. Chris Hill broke down the middle, and got the ball away to Gareth Widdop to score. Widdop then added the conversion to open up a six-point lead for the Wire.
Warrington doubled that lead six minutes later. Widdop’s grubber kick was grounded in the nick of time by Ben Currie. Widdop then added the conversion.
Widdop added two more points just past the 20-minute mark. The penalty came after Wakefield were punished for a tackle off the ball.
Wakefield hit back six minutes later. A repeat set kept the pressure on the Warrington line, before David Fifita was able to barge over. Mason Lino scored the conversion to reduce the deficit to eight points.
The first try of the second half was going to be a crucial one, and it was Warrington who got it. They worked the ball out to the right-hand side and Jake Mamo was able to get through a tackle attempt to score. Widdop added the conversion to get Warrington up to 20 points.
Five minutes later, Blake Austin ducked out of a tackle and broke free. His cutout pass then found Josh Charnley, who scored in the corner. Widdop was again on target with the conversion attempt.
Once again, Wakefield were able to get a quick response. A penalty 20 metres gave them the field position, and Joe Arundel was able to go through a gap and score. Lino added the conversion.
With 10 minutes to go, Warrington made the game safe. They found joy spreading the ball out to the right again, and Charnley went over for his second. Widdop maintained his perfect kicking record.
There was even time for Charnley to complete his hat-trick. Austin’s cutout pass found him on the wing and he scored in the corner. Widdop kicked the conversion.
But the final word would go to Wakefield. Lee Kershaw got the ball out wide, cut inside and spun out of a couple of tackles to score. Lino added the conversion.
Warrington are back in action on Thursday when they take on league leaders St Helens. As for Wakefield, they are back in action on Wednesday when they host Castleford Tigers.
Warrington Wolves: Stefan Ratchford, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Toby King, Josh Charnley, Blake Austin, Gareth Widdop, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Joe Philbin.
Subs: Robbie Mulhern, Matt Davis, Sitaleki Akauola, Danny Walker.
Head Coach: Steve Price.
Wakefield Trinity: Max Jowitt, Lee Kershaw, Reece Lyne, Bill Tupou, Liam Kay, Jacob Miller, Mason Lino, Eddie Battye, Brad Walker, Tinirau Arona, Jay Pitts, Joe Arundel, Joe Westerman.
Subs: James Batchelor, Kyle Wood, David Fifita, Yusuf Aydin.
Head Coach: Chris Chester.