RugbyL: Wolves have too much bite for leaders Wigan

Former Wests Tigers full-back Brett Hodgson's accuracy with the boot proved vital as Warrington Wolves saw off a spirited second half comeback from Super League leaders Wigan Warriors to win a pulsating clash 22-12 on Monday.

The home side had stormed into a 10-0 half-time lead with Ben Westwood scoring early on and Hodgson adding the extras, before centre Joel Monaghan plunged to touch down a neat Lee Briers grubber kick in the corner shortly before the break.

But Wigan stormed back after the interval with Sam Tonkins stretching for the line before Cook Islands international wing Anthony Gelling also dived over for a try.

Pat Richards converted both to give Wigan a 10-12 lead as the visitors dominated proceedings, but with five minutes left on the clock the ball was spun wide to Chris Riley whose chip ahead evaded the chasing pack and bounced perfectly for hooker Micky Higham to score his fifth try of the season for Warrington.

Late on Chris Hill burst through to score with Hodgson making short work of the extras to end Wigan's 11-game Super League winning streak and reduce the gap between the two teams at the top of the table to just four points.

Former New Zealand Warrior Patrick Ah Van scored two late tries as Widnes fought back to beat his former club Bradford 32-28 in a thrilling game on Sunday.

The Bulls looked home and dry at the break as they led 18-10 through scores from Adam Sidlow, Keith Lulia and James Donaldson, while Rhys Hanbury and Stephan Marsh crossed for Widnes.

Hanbury, Marsh and Ah Van's tries after the break earned victory, despite Michael Platt and Elliott Kear scores.

Huddersfield are still within touching distance of Wigan as they claimed a memorable 40-18 win over Leeds Rhinos.

The Giants led 22-12 at the break thanks to scores from Luke Robinson, Shaun Lunt, Aaron Murphy and Brett Ferres.

Injury-plagued Leeds stayed in the game thanks to scores from Ben Jones-Bishop and Liam Sutcliffe but Leroy Cudjoe, Lunt again and Scott Grix crossed to hand the Giants victory.

Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond grabbed a treble as the Wildcats overcame under-strength London Broncos 46-14.

Wakefield were always in control as tries by Peter Fox and Richard Mathers from close range inside the first 12 minutes set the tone, while second-rower Kirmond then touched down twice - once either side of a Paul Sykes effort.

The Broncos hit back before the break when Liam Colbon collected an excellent offload, while Kieran Dixon's double after the interval closed the deficit to 16 points.

But Kirmond dived over for his treble after the hour mark and Frankie Mariano and Kyle Wood added further late scores for the Wildcats.

Hull KR experienced the narrowest of 22-21 wins against Catalan Dragons as Michael Dobson held his nerve to convert Greg Eden's late try - a win that puts the Robins within two points of the fifth-placed French side.

Elsewhere, Castleford Tigers snatched a narrow 30-28 win against Hull FC and St Helens ran out comfortable 52-10 winners against Salford City Reds.

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