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Super League: Warrington Wolves race six tries past Wakefield Wildcats to close gap at top
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Warrington Wolves ran in six tries as they beat Wakefield Wildcats 26-14 to leapfrog Wigan Warriors and move within a point of Super League leaders Huddersfield Giants.
Joel Monaghan bagged a brace along with scores from Brett Hodgson, Mickey Higham, Chris Bridge and Stefan Ratchford as the Wolves moved above Wigan in the overall standings.
The Wildcats only trailed 14-8 at half-time but their fourth defeat in a row could signal the end of any play-off ambitions.
Warrington made a bright start with Joel Monaghan taking only nine minutes to bag his 25th try of the season after a pass from Bridge.
But Wakefield, who had lost their last seven matches against Warrington, drew level when Frankie Mariano did well to collect Tim Smith's high kick under pressure and touch down in the corner.
Tim Smith intercepted a Mickey Higham pass to put the Wildcats on the offensive in the build-up to Mariano's try.
Higham was at the heart of most of Warrington's attacks and the Wolves regained the lead midway through the first half when Hodgson linked up from full back to dummy his way over.
Wakefield were back on terms after 28 minutes when Tim Smith and Lee Smith combined for skipper Danny Kirmond to power through two tackles.
Warrington frustrated their fans with handling errors but were the benefactors of a deflection as Higham pounced to score under the posts, with Ratchford landing his first conversion at the third attempt to leave Wolves 14-8 ahead at half-time.
Taulima Tautai boosted Wakefield after his introduction from the bench with Simon Grix forced to make a try-saving tackle on Mariano.
Tautai then went close from Paul Aiton's kick but Warrington gave themselves breathing space with smart handling from Michael Monaghan, Ben Westwood and Bridge putting Joel Monaghan over for his second try to make it 18-8.
Brett Hodgson then put Westwood in the clear for Bridge to stroll over and, although the latter took over the goalkicking, he had no more success than Ratchford with the conversion.
A loose Trent Waterhouse pass was then intercepted by Kay who raced 70 metres for a try, with Lee Smith's conversion giving the Wildcats renewed hope.
But Chris Riley's touchdown after 66 minutes dashed any lingering hopes with the Wolves taking a 26-14 win.
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First Utility Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 16 - 58 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
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