Rampant Wolves put 82 past Quins

Warrington Wolves 82 Harlequins 6

Warrington went to the top of the table with their record Super League win as Harlequins came down to earth with a resounding crash yesterday. Chris Bridge led the way with a hat-trick of tries, while Brett Hodgson missed just one of his 14 shots at goal, but everyone in the side enjoyed the freedom of the Halliwell Jones Stadium in an astonishingly one-sided exhibition.

"We prepared ourselves to play against a tough team, but things just didn't go their way," said the Wolves assistant coach, Willie Poching. "We played some fantastic football and the players have to be commended on their level of skill."

These were the Harlequins we feared we might see this season, rather than the ones who had performed so creditably in winning four of their first five matches. Yesterday, they were a muddle of defensive incompetence and Warrington punished them mercilessly, starting with Bridge's first try, from a simple overlap, after four minutes.

His second was uncannily similar, before Michael Monaghan's break and suspiciously forward-looking pass released Richie Myler to set up Lee Briers. Bridge completed his hat-trick, rolling over from Brett Hodgson's pass and, even when Quins got some respite through Luke Dorn's close-range effort, the effect was short-lived.

Far from inspiring them, that try brought a new level of absurdity to the Londoners' play. They passed behind their try-line not once but twice to present David Solomona with a try and Myler stole the ball from David Howell for another, converted, like all its predecessors, by Hodgson.

Any hopes that the Wolves might ease off were obliterated in the early minutes of the second half. The try set up by Bridge's break, with Myler kicking ahead for Rhys Evans to pick up on the bounce, was the best of the lot. By way of variation, Solomona, Ben Westwood and Adrian Morley added close-range forwards' tries to expose a different sort of fragility, not helped by Danny Ward's 10 minutes in the sin bin, before Matty Blythe, a danger throughout, got the score he deserved.

A touchdown by Lee Mitchell and Westwood's second took Warrington beyond their highest score in any league match – a record dating back to 1907 – and Hodgson finished with a try to go with his 13 goals.

"The first thing to say was that Warrington were very, very good, but that doesn't excuse us conceding 82 points," said shell-shocked Quins coach Rob Powell. "Maybe we're not as good as people thought we were. Maybe we're not as good as we thought we were."

Poching had some words of comfort. "They've had some great results and they'll get over this" he said. "This will just be a blip."

The issue for Warrington is what sort of preparation this was for their game at second-placed Wigan on Friday. "They'll approach it as professionally as they did this game," Poching said.

Warrington Hodgson; J.Monaghan, Blythe, Bridge, Evans; Briers, Myler; Carvell, M.Monaghan, Wood, Grix, Westwood, Harrison.

Substitutes used Morley, Solomona, Mitchell, Clarke.

Harlequins Dorn; Melling, Howell, Pryce, O'Callaghan; Gale, Randall; Ward, Ellis, Wilkes, Clubb, Purdham, Bailey. Substitutes used Temata, Ambler, Bryan, Kouparitsas.

Referee S.Ganson (St Helens).


Actress sees off speculation about her appearance in an amazing way

Arts and Entertainment
Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian and Noel Fielding backstage at the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts
musicKasabian and Noel Fielding attack 'boring' musicians
videoWatch Lynda Bellingham's tragic final Loose Women appearance
A view of today's Spanish papers
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The last great picture - Winner 'Black and White' and overall 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year'

nflAtlanta Falcons can't count and don't know what the UK looks like
Arts and Entertainment
High notes, flat performance: Jake Bugg

Review: Despite an uphill climb to see Jake Bugg in action, his performance is notably flat

The Putin automaton will go on sale next month in Germany
videoMusical Putin toy showing him annexing Crimea could sell for millions

Powerful images of strays taken moments before being put down

Arts and Entertainment
S Club 7 pose for Children in Need 2001
Arts and Entertainment
'Right Here' singer Jess Glynne is nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards 2014
musicExclusive: Jess Glynne hits out at 'ridiculous' criticism of white artists nominated for Mobo Awards
'Irritatingly Disneyfied': fashion vlogger Zoella

Arts and Entertainment
Russell Brand has written a book of political analysis called Revolution

Review: Witty banalities aside, the comedian has an authentic voice

Arts and Entertainment
Separated at birth? Frank Sivero (left) claims The Simpsons based Mafia character Louie on his Goodfellas character
arts + entsFrank Sivero sues Simpsons studio over allegedly basing mobster character on Frank Carbone
Carl Bernstein (left) and Bob Woodward (right) with former 'Washington Post' executive editor Ben Bradlee

The Washington Post editor helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down President Nixon

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London