Bridge scores four as Wolves tear Quins to pieces

Harlequins 24 Warrington Wolves 54

Warrington's Chris Bridge set his coach a selection poser for next Saturday's Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wigan, with a four-try display in the unfamiliar role of loose forward. Apart from his own tries, the England centre had a hand in several more as the Wolves had what turned into a gentle warm-up fixture won by half-time.

"He was very dangerous," said Tony Smith, the Wolves' coach, of Bridge. "I like him in that roving role, but he's a pretty good centre as well and we have to think about the best way to use him."

There were slight alarms ahead of next weekend, when the prop forward Ben Harrison tweaked a hamstring in the warm-up and later when the former Australia centre Matt King was carried off on a stretcher, after a blow to the head. Both are expected to be fit to face Wigan.

Quins were sick of the sight of Warrington long before yesterday. Back in March, they went to the Halliwell Jones Stadium as recent league leaders and the winners of four of their first five Super League games. They were flogged 82-6 and then won only one of their next 16 matches. That is a tailspin that they showed no sign of pulling out of yesterday.

If anything, the opening stages were even more one-sided than the clubs' first meeting of the season. After the Warrington prop Garreth Carvell had scored from Michael Monaghan's charge-down, after 90 seconds, Bridge began his persecution of the Quins with his first two tries. The only bright moment for the home side was the scrum-half Luke Gale's try, following his own kick. Even after that and the loss of King, however, the Wolves continued the mayhem.

Bridge laid on a try for the Australian wing Joel Monaghan and some more fancy ball-handling produced tries for the stand-off Lee Briers and Bridge before half-time.

When Bridge's fourth try and a solo from the scrum-half, Richie Myler, stretched the lead still further, another80-pointer was on the cards. But to their credit, Quins won back some pride in the second half.

Luke Dorn got a try and the young stand-off Dan Sarginson scored a rather brilliant one to underline his rich potential. Even after Paul Wood scored Warrington's ninth try, Quins managed to have the last word, through Andy Ellis.

Of Harlequins' efforts, Smith said: "They played some good stuff and deserved their points." The other factor was that Warrington were easing up and looking forward to next weekend's mouth-watering cup tie.

For the Quins coach, Rob Powell, there was no real sign of an end to his team's depressing run of results, but there were at least some encouraging green shoots for the long-term future. In Sarginson the club have a locally produced player who is a potential star.

"He's got a really promising future in the game," Powell said. "He's hard to tackle when he has the ball in his hands and he's the sort of kid we have to develop down here."

Harlequins Dorn; Calderwood, Clubb, O'Callaghan, Melling; Sarginson, Gale; Ward, Randall, Wilkes, Mitchell, Purdham, Bailey. Substitutes used Ambler, Krasniqi, Ellis, Golden.

Warrington Hodgson; J Monaghan, King, Atkins, Williams; Briers, Myler; Wood, M Monaghan, Carvell, Anderson, Grix, Bridge. Substitutes used Higham, Clarke, Westwood, Blythe.

Referee S Ganson (St Helens).

BUY RUGBY WORLD CUP TICKETS

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A Very British Coup, part two: New novel in pipeline as Jeremy Corbyn's rise inspires sequel

A Very British Coup, part two

New novel in pipeline as Jeremy Corbyn's rise inspires sequel
Philae lander data show comets could have brought 'building blocks of life' to Earth

Philae lander data show comets could have brought 'building blocks of life' to Earth

Icy dust layer holds organic compounds similar to those found in living organisms
What turns someone into a conspiracy theorist? Study to look at why some are more 'receptive' to such theories

What turns someone into a conspiracy theorist?

Study to look at why some are more 'receptive' to such theories
Chinese web dissenters using coded language to dodge censorship filters and vent frustration at government

Are you a 50-center?

Decoding the Chinese web dissenters
The Beatles film Help, released 50 years ago, signalled the birth of the 'metrosexual' man

Help signalled birth of 'metrosexual' man

The Beatles' moptop haircuts and dandified fashion introduced a new style for the modern Englishman, says Martin King
Hollywood's new diet: Has LA stolen New York's crown as the ultimate foodie trend-setter?

Hollywood's new diet trends

Has LA stolen New York's crown as the ultimate foodie trend-setter?
6 best recipe files

6 best recipe files

Get organised like a Bake Off champion and put all your show-stopping recipes in one place
Ashes 2015: Steven Finn goes from being unselectable to simply unplayable

Finn goes from being unselectable to simply unplayable

Middlesex bowler claims Ashes hat-trick of Clarke, Voges and Marsh
Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Atwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works