King and Atkins' late show mauls Bulls

Warrington Wolves 33 Bradford Bulls 8
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Warrington kept pace with Wigan at the top of Super League as Matt King and Ryan Atkins gave Bradford a second-half savaging. The Wolves' left-wing partnership shared three quick tries to blow apart what had been the tightest of contests.

That was despite Atkins being awoken at 6.30am on match day for a random drug test. His coach, Tony Smith, says he will be taking up the issue of that timing with the Rugby League. "We came through it, but I'll be having my rant elsewhere," he said.

Bradford edged a low-scoring first half. They took the lead after 23 minutes when Chris Riley fumbled Matt Orford's high kick and, from the subsequent possession, their captain, Andy Lynch twisted over from close range. The Wolves' reply was inspired by a powerhouse run from their captain, Adrian Morley. A quick play-the-ball and a scamper from Mickey Higham set up Richie Myler and Chris Bridge's kick put Warrington ahead. The lead lasted until just before half-time, when David Solomona was penalised for a high tackle and Orford's pass sent Paul Sykes over.

Solomona's value as a handler of the ball came to the fore in the second half. His cut-out pass to King was perfection and his to Atkins was equally good.

Atkins then figured prominently in the slick handling move that sent King over. King returned the compliment with a storming break to release Atkins and the game was effectively over. A Michael Monaghan solo try and drop goal stretched the margin before King's second rounded off a superb effort.

Warrington Riley; Hicks, Bridge, Atkins, King; Grix, Myler; Morley, Monaghan, Carvell, L Anderson, Westwood, Harrison.

Substitutes used: Wood, Higham, Solomona, V Anderson.

Bradford Halley; Sheriffe, Sykes, Nero, Reardon; Kearney, Orford; Scruton, L'Estrange, Lynch, Hall, Whitehead, Menzies.

Substitutes used: Godwin, Worrincy, Kopczak, Donaldson.

Referee: S Ganson (St Helens).

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