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The Queen"s horse Carlton House to be trained in Australia

The Queen's horse Carlton House to be trained Down Under in bid to revive fortunes

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17:06 GMT, 4 December 2012

The Queen is to have her first horse trained in Australia with Carlton House being transferred from Sir Michael Stoute to leading Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Carlton House has ensured a disappointing season and failed to build on his third to Pour Moi in last year's Derby when he had an interrupted preparation and then lost a shoe in the final furlong.

The colt, whose biggest win came in last year’s Group Two Dante Stakes at York, will head Down Under after competing in Sunday’s Hong Kong Cup.

Down Under: Carlton House will now be trained in Australia by Gai Waterhouse

Down Under: Carlton House will now be trained in Australia by Gai Waterhouse

This season the son of Street Cry, who was a gift from Sheik Mohammed, won the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes on his comeback at Sandown. Before putting up arguable a career best when second to So You Think in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A failure to settle in the early stages of his races led Stoute to drop Carlton House back to a mile but on both occasions, most recently when fourth to Excelebration in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October, he disappointed.

The Queen’s racing advisor John Warren said: ‘Carlton House looks the perfect candidate to race in Australia where there are a considerable number of options for an older horse.

‘The Queen is very enthusiastic about the prospect of having her first runner in Australia and Gai Waterhouse, who is one of Australia's leading trainers, will train the horse.

Change: Her Majesty will be hoping Carlton House's move will revive the horse's fortunes

Change: Her Majesty will be hoping Carlton House's move will revive the horse's fortunes

‘We will let Carlton House settle in and acclimatize before a race programme will be decided upon. It is an exciting plan and a wonderful opportunity for Her Majesty to have a horse that can participate in Australia where racing is top class.’

Waterhouse is a former actress and model who once appeared in The Young Doctors Down Under as well as making an appearance in Dr Who. She was born in Scotland.

She is one of Australian racing's most famous racing names and the daughter of TJ Smith, who was also a top racehorse trainer in Australia.

Warrington Wolves turn attention towards first Grand Final

Wolves keeping emotions in check as they turn sights on first Grand Final

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13:31 GMT, 30 September 2012

Warrington are through to their first Grand Final but the champagne is staying on ice for now.

The Challenge Cup winners came from behind to secure an impressive 36-18 semi-final victory over St Helens to set up a Wembley rematch with defending champions Leeds at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The celebrations at Langtree Park were muted, however, as the Wolves quickly turned their thoughts towards becoming the first team to achieve the double since St Helens won the Cup final and Grand Final in 2006 and pulling off their first league championship for 57 years.

Whoosh: Trent Waterhouse scores a try

Whoosh: Trent Waterhouse scores a try

'We're made up that we've got there but we've still a lot of hard work to do,' warned hooker Mickey Higham.

'Fair play to Saints, they had a real strong start and got us in an arm wrestle but we stuck in there and turned it around.

'We got back to something like (acceptable) with the ball and defensively and hopefully we can take that into next week.

'We won't be satisfied with just getting there. We've earned the right to get there now and we want to kick on and finish it off.

'It would be just reward for a long, consistent season.'

Tries from wings Tommy Makinson and Francis Meli and skipper Paul Wellens put Saints into a 14-4 lead and on course for a seventh successive Grand Final appearance, but Warrington crucially pulled a try back just before half-time through Simon Grix.

The Wolves then dominated the second half, with Australian second-rower Trent Waterhouse clinching victory with two tries in a decisive three-minute spell.

Gunning for silverware: Ryan Atkins celebrates at full time

Gunning for silverware: Ryan Atkins celebrates at full time

Waterhouse was an NRL Grand Final winner with Penrith Panthers in 2003 while Higham has to go back even further for his last showpiece victory, a nailbiting 19-18 success with St Helens over Bradford in 2002.

'It's my 10th anniversary,' he said. 'Personally it's been long overdue. I've been striving to get back there and I've finally done it.

'Hopefully I can have a repeat of the last one, but not as close as the last result. I'd take a one-point win but hopefully we can get the job done a bit before that.'

Warrington beat Leeds 35-18 in last month's Challenge Cup final – they were also 30-6 winners over the Rhinos at Wembley in 2010 – but the Yorkshiremen have a proud record at Old Trafford, where they are aiming for a fifth success in the last six years.

Leeds have once more defied all logic by reaching the final from fifth place and Higham admits he did not expect them to get past league leaders Wigan in Friday's first semi-final at the DW Stadium.

On the ball: Chris Riley dives into score a try

On the ball: Chris Riley dives into score a try

'Truthfully, probably not,' he said. 'I did fancy Wigan. It could have gone either way at the end but it went for Leeds.

'That's why they are a champion team, they've been there the last six or seven years.

'They had a defeat in the Challenge Cup so they have quite a few things to motivate them this week.

'It's going to be a tough one but, if we can stick to our strategies and our guns, hopefully we can get them again.'

Leeds will have half-back Danny McGuire back for the final after he sat out the Wigan tie through suspension while Warrington will also be at full strength.

England second-rower Ben Westwood, who is on the Man of Steel award shortlist, made his comeback from a knee injury sustained at Wembley and coach Tony Smith also has the option of recalling prop Garreth Carvell.

The former Leeds front-rower has recovered from a back injury but was surprisingly left out by Smith for the semi-final.

St Helens 18 Warrington 36: Match report

St Helens 18 Warrington 36: Wolves move one step closer to double after Waterhouse clinches win

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21:18 GMT, 29 September 2012

Warrington are 80 minutes away from the elusive double after coming from 14-6 down to win their Super League play-off semi-final against St Helens at Langtree Park and secure a first Grand Final appearance.

Two tries in a three-minute spell midway through the second half from Australian forward Trent Waterhouse clinched victory for the Wolves, who will meet Leeds at Old Trafford next Saturday in a repeat of last month's Challenge Cup final which they won 35-18.

Warrington, who will become only the sixth club to contest the Grand Final, ran in four second-half tries to thwart Saints' bid for a seventh successive trip to Old Trafford and bring Mike Rush's reign as caretaker coach to a sorry end.

Job done: Trent Waterhouse scored two tries in three minutes to seal the win

Job done: Trent Waterhouse scored two tries in three minutes to seal the win

St Helens, the last team to do the double in 2006, dominated the first half and ought to have been further ahead than 14-12 at the break but they quickly ran out of steam when Warrington got their second wind in the second half.

The Wolves, who lost to Saints in the opening round of the play-offs, were boosted by the return of Man of Steel contender Ben Westwood for his first appearance since Wembley but it was his second row partner Waterhouse who stole the show.

The former Kangaroo international was a Grand Final winner in the NRL with Penrith Panthers back in 2003 and will fancy his chances of doing the double.

Yet Saints had looked the more dangerous side throughout the first half with right winger Tommy Makinson going close and left winger Francis Meli denied by a forward pass from Jon Wilkin and it was no surprise when they opening the scoring on 11 minutes.

Makinson had no right to score after taking Chris Flannery's pass with Chris Riley still to beat but he produced an acrobatic dive to get around his man and plant the ball over the line.

Thumbs up: Adrian Morley celebrates after the Wolves clinched the win

Thumbs up: Adrian Morley celebrates after the Wolves clinched the win

One more game: Wolves moved within 80 minutes away from winning the double

One more game: Wolves moved within 80 minutes away from winning the double

It was against the run of play that Warrington took the lead on 17 minutes, with Wilkin conceding possession with a knock-on 30 metres from his own line and Richie Myler combining with Brett Hodgson to get Riley over at the corner.

Hodgson's touchline conversion made it 6-4 but Saints remained unfazed and they looked to have seized control with two tries in a 10-minute spell.

Second rower Mark Flanagan took the ball to the Warrington line of defenders to suck in their defence and his long, looping pass gave Meli the space to cross at the corner.

The big Kiwi would have had a second try but for a last-ditch tackle from Hodgson but the Warrington full-back blotted his copybook shortly afterwards, spilling Wilkin's towering kick to present his opposite number Paul Wellens with the easiest of scores.

Makinson kicked his first conversion at the third attempt to make it 14-6 but Warrington scored what proved to be a crucial try two minutes before the interval when loose forward Simon Grix charged onto Lee Briers' pass.

Party time: Warrington Wolves ran out deserved winners in the end

Party time: Warrington Wolves ran out deserved winners in the end

The visitors were back in front eight minutes into the second half when right winger Joel Monaghan was first to Briers' high kick and, although he dropped the ball, it went backwards and he had the presence of mind to gather it back up and touch down.

Hodgson maintained his accuracy with his third goal to make it 18-14 and the Wolves produced some tremendous defence to keep their lead intact before hitting a purple patch in which they ran in three tries in seven minutes.

The impressive Waterhouse supported a break by centre Ryan Atkins to score his first before powering through a tiring defence for his second while Riley finished off a smart crossfield passing move to claim the visitors' sixth try.

Meli stopped the rot with a consolation try eight minutes from the end but Hodgson wrapped up the scoring with a penalty to take his goal tally to six from seven attempts.

Widnes 14 Warrington 52: Rampant Wolves run riot

Widnes 14 Warrington 52: Vikings ripped to shreds by rampant Wolves

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16:37 GMT, 9 September 2012

Widnes ended up with the wooden spoon in their first season back in Super League after a thumping derby defeat to Warrington.

The Vikings needed a shock win over the Challenge Cup winners to climb above Castleford but were outplayed after being level 6-6 midway through the first half.

Warrington scored 10 tries and the winning margin would have been even more convincing had they not missed four first-half conversion attempts.

Mauling: Paul Wood celebrates after scoring try No 10

Mauling: Paul Wood celebrates after scoring try No 10

Chris Riley and Mickey Higham each grabbed a brace of touchdowns for the Wolves who host St Helens on Saturday in the play-offs.

Widnes, who had conceded 114 points in two previous defeats by Warrington this season, went into the clash without Hep Cahill following shoulder surgery.

Shaun Briscoe and Danny Craven were left out with Jack Owens, Macgraff Leuluai, Chris Dean and Joe Mellor returning.

Warrington, fresh from a 54-6 romp over Huddersfield, rested skipper Brett Hodgson, Garreth Carvell, Trent Waterhouse and brothers Michael and Joel Monaghan with Ben Westwood still out with after a knee injury sustained in the cup final win over Leeds a fortnight ago.

Chris Riley, David Solomona and Tyrone McCarthy were back as Warrington aimed for their seventh win in the last eight Super League matches.

Widnes had won only one of their last five games – against Hull three weeks ago – but made a flying start with Frank Winterstein going over in the corner after four minutes from Jon Clarke's short pass on the blind-side.

Rhys Hanbury booted the touchline conversion but Warrington were back on level terms after 10 minutes when Higham burrowed over from dummy half and Lee Briers tagged on the goal.

The Vikings, who had lost all five derby meetings since 2004, were certainly not overawed although Paddy Flynn was forced to pull off try-saving tackles on Stefan Ratchford and Riley in quick succession.

But Briers' long pass to Simon Grix allowed Chris Bridge to hand Rhys Williams a walk-in try midway through the first half to open up a 10-6 advantage.

Widnes faced a bigger task after inspirational play from Ratchford who burst onto a pass and then kicked ahead for Riley to touchdown after 28 minutes for the 100th try of his career.

Ratchford was in top form and extended the lead when he raced onto an inside pass from Solomona to cross. Briers, after two misses from three goal attempts, handed over the duties to Ratchford who was narrowly off-target aiming to convert his own try.

Solomona added Warrington's fifth try just before the break to make it 22-6 at half-time with Riley supporting Matty Blythe's break straight after the restart to bag his second try with Briers booting the goal.

Blythe was a half-time replacement for the impressive Ratchford who had linked up superbly from full-back.

Paul McShane notched the Vikings' second try but was injured in the process and forced to hobble off with a leg injury.

Higham collected his second touchdown from a Williams kick after 66 minutes to make it 40-10.

Widnes refused to throw in the towel with Ben Davies held close before Rhys Hanbury went over for a deserved effort in front of a 8,617 crowd – the Vikings' biggest of the season.

Warrington wrapped up the convincing win with late tries from Ryan Atkins and Paul Wood – his first of the season – with Solomona booting the final conversion.

Warrington 37 Leeds 18: Wolves point behind leaders

Warrington 37 Leeds 18: First-half blitz puts Wolves within point of leaders

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21:41 GMT, 8 June 2012

Late rally: Kevin Sinfield pulled a try back

Late rally: Kevin Sinfield pulled a try back

Warrington produced a stunning first-half display as they cut the gap on Super League leaders Wigan Warriors to a point with victory over the struggling Rhinos.

The Wolves crossed for five tries in the opening 28 minutes, all converted by full back Brett Hodgson, to score at more than a point a minute as they opened up a 30-0 lead.

Winger Chris Riley and scrum-half Chris O'Brien both scored twice and Trent Waterhouse also touched down in the opening onslaught.

The Rhinos conceded just one further try to Ryan Atkins in the second half but the damage had already been done and the defeat leaves Leeds out of the play-off places.

And despite a brave rally which brought two tries for Rob Burrow and a Kevin Sinfield score it completed a miserable seven days for the champions after conceding 50 points to Wigan.

Both sides came into the game on the back of disappointing defeats, but the Wolves made just one change to their 17-man squad that slipped to a narrow 23-22 defeat at Hull KR, although coach Tony Smith made a couple of positional changes.

Centre Matty Blythe was replaced by Chris Bridge, while in the pack there were starting spots for Micky Higham and Chris Hill, with Simon Grix and Adrian Morley on the bench joining Mike Cooper who missed the game against the Robins.

Leeds were missing the injured Danny McGuire and Lee Smith from the side humbled 50-8 at home by Wigan, so there was a start for Rub Burrow at scrum-half and Ben Jones-Bishop was recalled on the wing.

Youngster Steve Ward was drafted in on the bench alongside the recalled Ian Kirke.

In sweeping rain and a howling wind the Wolves could not have wished for a better opening as they scored after just 45 seconds.

A superb pass from Atkins released Riley down the left and his kick ahead deflected into the hands of Waterhouse who dived over.

Three minutes later Lee Briers and Hodgson combined to send Riley over in the corner and on 10 minutes a superb kick from Briers was pounced upon by O'Brien for his side's third try.

Nothing was going right for the Rhinos as they lost full-back Brent Webb with a leg injury and hooker Shaun Lunt had a try ruled out by the video referee as he lost possession as he attempted to touch down.

Warrington increased their lead on 18 minutes when another superb reverse kick from Briers was touched down by O'Brien for his second try of the night after confirmation from the video referee that he had not stood on the dead ball line.

The relentless onslaught continued as Riley sent O'Brien clear and then followed up his half-back to take a pass and race clear for a thrilling 80-metre score.

Leeds finally got on the scoreboard six minutes before half-time when a quick dart by Burrow allowed Sinfield to crash over, and the visitors scored again six minutes after the restart when Burrow ducked his way through a couple of weak tackles.

But the Rhinos suffered another injury blow when Ian Kirke was carried off on a stretcher following a ferocious challenge from Wolves forward Ben Westwood.

A Briers drop goal edged Warrington out to 31-12 before Leeds claimed their third try of the night through Burrow, but Atkins had the final word with a try nine minutes from time.

Warrington 46 Widnes 12: Tony Smith rips into Wolves

Warrington 46 Widnes 12: Smith rips into Wolves and Vikings pay the price

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22:37 GMT, 5 April 2012

Tony Smith's touchline rant inspired Warrington's to a 46-12 win over Widnes to go top of the Super League.

Widnes led 12-0 early through tries
from Chris Dean and Dave Allen, but Smith hauled his team to the
sideline midway through the first half after Chris Bridge's try had
brought them back into contention.

Brad all over: Dwyer celebrates with Gareth Carvell after scoring Wolves' seventh try

Brad all over: Dwyer celebrates with Gareth Carvell after scoring Wolves' seventh try

The unusual tactic paid dividends, as two minutes later they levelled through Bridge's second score before Chris Riley extended their lead before half time.

Full back Brett Hodgson put the hosts out of reach with a well-worked try early in the second half before tries from Ryan Atkins, Brad Dwyer and Riley (2) rounded off the rout.

Smith chose to rest seasoned campaigners Adrian Morley, Trent Waterhouse, Simon Grix, Michael Monaghan and Lee Briers with Monday's trip to Catalan Dragons in mind and the gamble looked to have backfired when his side trailed 12-0.

But the Wolves roared back with 46 unanswered points to take the spoils from the first Super League derby with Widnes since 2005.

Smith gave a debut to 17-year-old second rower Ben Currie, with two other youngsters, Brad Dwyer and Gareth O'Brien making second Super League appearances for the club, the latter after returning from a loan spell with the Vikings, and all performed creditably.

The Vikings, fresh from a 76-6 hammering by the Catalans, were without seven first-teamers through injury but they made a dream start, catching their hosts cold by scoring two tries inside the opening nine minutes.

Hooker Scott Moore and scrum-half Rhys Hanbury worked the ball out to the right, where centre Dean touched down, and second rower Allen then took Hanbury's short pass to crash over on the burst.

Patrick Ah Van added both goals and the Vikings were good value for their lead but Warrington gradually settled into the game once they stopped conceding needless penalties.

England centre Bridge, switched to the pack in the absence of four forwards, started the fightback with two tries in three minutes, finishing off a break by the lively O'Brien and then dummying his way over for a solo score.

Acting captain Hodgson added both conversions to tie the scores and, after Joel Monaghan was denied a try for a forward pass, the Wolves went in front on 28 minutes when centre Ryan Atkins worked his winger Riley over at the corner.

Warrington missed another glorious chance when Richie Myler failed to find unmarked winger Rhys Williams and the Wolves had a let-off early in the second half when Hanbury did wonderfully well to reach the line but lost control of the ball.

Bridge hobbled off, shortly after being held up over the line as he attempted to complete his hat-trick, but there was no way back for Widnes when Hodgson took Myler's pass to dummy his way over on 51 minutes and Atkins tip-toed down the wing for the home side's fifth try five minutes later.

As the visitors tired under incessant pressure on their own line, Dwyer nipped over from close range for his first try for the club and Riley squeezed over twice in the last four minutes to complete his hat-trick.

Wigan 20 Warrington 22: Warriors pay penalty as Hodgson kicks winner

Wigan 20 Warrington 22: Warriors pay penalty as Hodgson kicks winner

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00:15 GMT, 24 March 2012

Brett Hodgson's 40-metre penalty with eight minutes left took Warrington to Super League’s summit.

Hodgson kept his nerve when Wigan’s Epalahame Lauaki was penalised for a dangerous throw, and though the Wolves clung on, coach Tony Smith still wasn’t happy.

‘We’re frustrated with how we’re playing,’ said Smith. ‘We have to rectify that so we don’t have to do it the hard way.’

Try time! Wolves' Briers scores for the visitors

Try time! Wolves' Briers scores for the visitors

Match facts

Wigan: Tries: Hock, McIlorum, Richards.

Goals: Richards 2, Charnley 2.

Wigan: S. Tomkins, Charnley, Goulding, Carmont, Richards,
Finch, Leuluai, Prescott, McIlorum, Lauaki, Hansen, Hock,
O'Loughlin.

Replacements: Flower for Prescott (24), Tuson for McIlorum (66), Lima for Lauaki (17), Farrell for Hansen (26).

Warrington: Tries: Atkins, J. Monaghan, Briers. Goals: Hodgson 5.

Warrington: Hodgson, Riley, C. Bridge, Atkins, J. Monaghan, Briers, Myler, Morley, M. Monaghan, Cooper, Waterhouse, Westwood, Grix.

Replacements: Blythe for C. Bridge (27), Wood for Cooper (20), Hill for Grix (27).

Substitutes: Dwyer.

Attendance: 21,267

Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury).

Warrington had briefly led following
Ryan Atkins’ early try, but Sam Tomkins set up Pat Richards at the start
of the second half to put the hosts in control, only for Lee Briers’
interception try to set up a tense finish.

Warriors boss Shaun Wane
said: ‘I feel like our pocket has been picked.’

The Wolves looked anything but likely victors in an error-strewn opening in which Simon Grix, Michael Monaghan and Trent Waterhouse put their side under enormous pressure by surrendering possession deep inside their own half.

Richards punished them with a penalty which took him past 2,000 points but it merely served to relieve the pressure and the Wolves scored the game's first try from their first meaningful attack.

Half-backs Lee Briers and Richie Myler moved the ball out to the left where centre Ryan Atkins proved unstoppable from 10 yards, taking Darrell Goulding and Josh Charnley over the line with him.

Hodgson's touchline goal made it 6-2 but then Wigan forward Gareth Hock came into his own, intercepting Joel Monaghan's pass to relieve pressure on his own line and causing havoc at the other with his powerful running and offloading.

He levelled the scores on 18 minutes, forcing his way over for a try from acting half-back, and Richards' second goal restored the Warriors' lead before substitute Liam Farrell's break set up the position for hooker Michael McIlorum to add a second try on 26 minutes.

The action was fast and furious as both sides continued to create chances only to be thwarted by magnificent defence.

Atkins came to Warrington's rescue
with a crucial tackle on birthday boy Sam Tomkins before Brett Finch
performed similar heroics to deny Briers and it took some exceptional
finishing by Warrington winger Joel Monaghan to break the deadlock.

Decider: Hodgson kicked the winning penalty

Decider: Hodgson kicked the winning penalty

The Australian took Hodgson's cut-out
pass to dive over at the corner five minutes before half-time and bring
his side to within two points.

Hodgson was inches wide with the goalkick but levelled the scores on the stroke of half-time with his first penalty.

The
try-saving heroics continued in the second half, with Chris Riley
halting Tomkins' trademark mazy run, but it set up the position for
George Carmont to get Richards over at the corner.

Charnley,
who took over the goalkicking with Richards nursing a thigh injury, was
off target for the second time but re-established his side's six-point
lead with a penalty.

Briers then intercepted Thomas Leuluai's pass to score Warrington's third try and Hodgson's goal made it 18-18.

A
second Charnley penalty on 55 minutes edged the home side back in front
and Richards had a try disallowed for putting a foot in touch as Wigan
began to look the more likely winners.

As the tension mounted, tempers became frayed and Wigan prop Epalahame Lauaki was put on report by referee Richard Silverwood for raising his elbow.

Hodgson levelled the scores for a fourth time with a 67th-minute penalty and, as Wigan continued to incur the wrath of referee Silverwood, the veteran full-back added another from 40 metres out to settle it.

Warrington 42 Hull KR 10: Wolves go top of Super League table

Warrington 42 Hull KR 10: Late flourish sees Wolves return to top of table

Warrington Wolves moved back to the top of the Stobart Super League after easing past a determined Hull KR side at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Wolves had built an 18-0 lead at
half-time but tries from Rhys Lovegrove and Craig Hall for the visitors
had cut that lead to just eight points midway through the second half.

Late try: Ben Westwood eased fears with a late try

Late try: Ben Westwood eased fears with a late try

But winger Chris Riley grabbed his second try of the game on 63 minutes to ease any Warrington concerns.

And the home side made the game safe when Ben Westwood crashed over for two tries in two minutes and Ryan Atkin also crossed as the Wolves ran in three tries in the final six minutes.

Brett Hodgson collected a 14-point haul on his first appearance of the season with seven goals from seven attempts.

Both sides started in impressive style showing their attacking intentions but could not make an early breakthrough.

The deadlock was broken on 13 minutes when Atkin split the Rovers defence and Richie Myler followed up to send Riley over for the opening try which Brett Hodgson converted from the touchline.

The home side extended their lead 10 minutes later when some fast and accurate passing along the line allowed Chris Bridge to step inside the Rovers defence and use his pace touch down which Brett Hodgson again converted.

Hull KR were still seeing plenty of the ball in excellent positions put could not put the finishing touches to their fine approach work with either the final pass going to ground or unable to find a way through a resilient Warrington rearguard.

And it was the home side who increased their lead further six minutes before half time when Trent Waterhouse managed to squeeze the ball out of the tackle to Myler and his long pass allowed Atkins to score in the corner and Brett Hodgson maintained his 100% record with the boot to make it 18-0.

Hull KR's first half was summed up in the final seconds of the half when they had 15 consecutive tackles close to the Warrington line but once again could find no way through the home defence.

But three minutes after the restart Hull KR were finally rewarded with their first points of the game thanks to Hall's midfield break which was carried on by Josh Hodgson and Lovegrove then just outpaced the chasing Atkins to touch down in the corner.

Michael Dobson was unlucky to see his difficult touchline conversion hit the crossbar.

And it got even better for the visitors on 56 minutes when Josh Hodgson sent Hall racing clear to score under the posts and Dobson's conversion cut the deficit to just eight points at 18-10.

But any hopes of a dramatic comeback were virtually ended on 63 minutes when Stefan Ratchford's long pass allowed Riley to clam his second try of the game and Brett Hodgson again landed the touchline conversion.

The Wolves then finished in blistering fashion with three tries in the final six minutes as second row forward Westwood claimed a quickfire double with two tries in two minutes and Atkins rounded the scoring off with his second try of the game.

Warrington 42 Hull KR 10: Wolves ease to victory

Warrington 42 Hull KR 10: Wolves ease to victory after late fightback

Warrington Wolves withstood a Hull KR fightback at the Halliwell Jones Stadium before finally easing to victory to move back to the top of the Stobart Super League.

The Wolves had built an 18-0 lead at half-time but tries from Rhys Lovegrove and Craig Hall for the visitors had cut that lead to just eight points midway through the second half.

But winger Chris Riley grabbed his second try of the game on 63 minutes to ease any Warrington concerns.

Warrington 42 Hull KR 10

And the home side made the game safe when Ben Westwood crashed over for two tries in two minutes and Ryan Atkin also crossed as the Wolves ran in three tries in the final six minutes.

Brett Hodgson collected a 14 -point haul on his first appearance of the season with seven goals from seven attempts.

Both sides started in impressive style showing their attacking intentions but could not make an early breakthrough.

The deadlock was broken on 13 minutes when Atkin split the Rovers defence and Richie Myler followed up to send Riley over for the opening try which Brett Hodgson converted from the touchline.

The home side extended their lead 10 minutes later when some fast and accurate passing along the line allowed Chris Bridge to step inside the Rovers defence and use his pace touch down which Brett Hodgson again converted.

Hull KR were still seeing plenty of the ball in excellent positions put could not put the finishing touches to their fine approach work with either the final pass going to ground or unable to find a way through a resilient Warrington rearguard.

And it was the home side who increased their lead further six minutes before half time when Trent Waterhouse managed to squeeze the ball out of the tackle to Myler and his long pass allowed Atkins to score in the corner and Brett Hodgson maintained his 100 per cent record with the boot to make it 18-0.

Hull KR's first half was summed up in the final seconds of the half when they had 15 consecutive tackles close to the Warrington line but once again could find no way through the home defence.

But three minutes after the restart Hull KR were finally rewarded with their first points of the game thanks to Hall's midfield break which was carried on by Josh Hodgson and Lovegrove then just outpaced the chasing Atkins to touch down in the corner.

Michael Dobson was unlucky to see his difficult touchline conversion hit the crossbar.
And it got even better for the visitors on 56 minutes when Josh Hodgson sent Hall racing clear to score under the posts and Dobson's conversion cut the deficit to just eight points at 18-10.

But any hopes of a dramatic comeback were virtually ended on 63 minutes when Stefan Ratchford's long pass allowed Riley to clam his second try of the game and Brett Hodgson again landed the touchline conversion.

The Wolves then finished in blistering fashion with three tries in the final six minutes as second row forward Westwood claimed a quickfire double with two tries in two minutes and Atkins rounded the scoring off with his second try of the game.