Rugby League - Wolves close the gap, Rhinos run riot

Warrington moved to within two points of Super League leaders Wigan after sweeping past Bradford with a 26-12 win at the Provident Stadium.

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Rugby League - Wolves close the gap, Rhinos run riot
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Michael Monaghan scored one of Warrington's four first-half tries

The under-strength Wolves were in inspired form as they defeated the Warriors last Monday and, while they were far from their best, they were more than worthy winners in west Yorkshire.

Ben Currie, Lee Briers, Michael Monaghan and Trent Waterhouse all crossed before the break to give Warrington a 20-0 half-time lead. Ryan Atkins all but ended the game as a contest shortly after the resumption before Chev Walker and James Donaldson grabbed consolation tries for Bradford, who suffered their fifth consecutive defeat.

Leeds Rhinos ran up their highest score of the season thanks to a blistering first-half show in a 52-36 win against Widnes at the Stobart Stadium.

Widnes skipper Kevin Brown scored a hat-trick of tries for Widnes with Liam Sutcliffe, Joel Moon and Rob Burrow each notching a brace for the Rhinos.

Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Ben Jones-Bishop and Kallum Watkins also crossed for Leeds, who raced into a 52-18 lead before Gareth Hock - with his second try - and Rhys Hanbury went over for the Vikings to make the scoreline more respectable.

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