Rugby League: Wigan storm back to the top

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WIGAN MADE sure Leeds' return to the top of the Super League table was a brief affair by beating Warrington 56-8 in their biggest win of the season so far. Warrington were well in the hunt for the first 30 minutes and actually led 8-6 after the winger Mark Forster's sixth league try of the season.

But the Warriors hit back with nine tries of their own, including an opening score from Denis Betts. Robbie McCormack won his tussle with fellow Australian hooker Danny Farrar, the Warrington captain, to set up Betts' try and also opened his Super League with his first try just before half- time.

The Warrington prop Danny Nuttley was sent off for a professional foul before Paul Johnson went over twice in the second. Andy Farrell kicked 10 goals from 10 attempts.

Darryl Van de Velde, the Warrington coach, cancelled his players' summer holiday after their performance. "I was going to give them a week off in July but that's history now," he said. "I can accept the fact that we were outclassed but I can't wear that last 20 minutes."

Adrian Vowles scored the try of the game as Castleford won 36-16 at London Broncos. Behind 10-6 at the interval, the Tigers came out strongly to score five tries, the first from Mike Ford within four minutes of the re-start.

Ford's try was promptly followed up by scores from Dean Sampson and Brad Davis, before Vowles rounded five men as he sprinted three-quarters of the pitch to score in the corner. Ian Tonk touched down in injury-time to give Castleford a much-needed victory.