Warrington Wolves claimed back-to-back home wins after a comprehensive win over Huddersfield at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Josh Thewlis’ scored a hat-trick, while Toby King, Connor Wrench and Ben Currie also added tries.
Huddersfield responded with tries Innes Senior and Luke Yates. But the damage was done for them in the first half, as they had two periods with 12 men on the pitch.
Warrington made five changes from the side that was narrowly beaten by Hull FC on Easter Monday. Stefan Ratchford, Gareth Widdop, Jack Hughes, Jason Clark and Ellis Longstaff all made way. Replacing them were Connor Wrench, Riley Dean, Oliver Holmes, Matt Davis and Billy Magoulias.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield made four changes to the side that lost against St Helens. There was returns for Jermaine McGillvary, Jake Wardle, Ricky Leutele, Chris Hill and Chris McQueen to the side. They replace Louis Senior, Adam O’Brien, Nathan Mason and Sam Hewitt.
Just seven minutes in, Huddersfield shot themselves in the foot. Jack Cogger was sent to the sin bin after holding down Matty Ashton, after the Warrington winger’s break was stopped.
Four minutes later, Warrington were able to take advantage. They were stopped just short of the line, but Josh Thewlis reached over out of dummy half on the next play to open the scoring. Riley Dean’s conversion attempt hit the post.
The hosts then doubled their lead just before the half-way point in the first half. They worked the ball out to the left, and Thewlis was able to get through a small gap and get over for his second. Dean could not find the target with his first attempt, but referee Robert Hicks gave an eight-point try, giving Dean the chance to get off the mark in front of goal, which he took. Cogger was also sent to the sin bin for the second time.
With half-time approaching, Warrington claimed their third try of the afternoon. The ball was kicked towards the in-goal area, and the bounce fell kindly for Toby King, who was able to plant the ball down. Dean scored the conversion to open up a 16-point lead.
Soon after, Huddersfield conceded a penalty just over 30 metres out. Dean elected to go for the two points and he scored to stretch the lead out to 18 points.
The Giants had to score next, and they did right on the stroke of half-time. They worked the ball out to Innes Senior, who was able to cut inside and get over. Olly Russell’s conversion attempt drifted off-target.
HT- Warrington 18-4 Huddersfield
It took a little bit of time for the second half to spring into life. But it was Warrington who scored the next crucial try just before the hour mark. They worked the ball out to the right, and Connor Wrench was able to show his speed to get through the gap and score. Dean could not add the conversion.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Warrington added another with a try that was made in the academy. Dean aimed a delicate kick into the middle and Thewlis ran onto it and went over to complete his hat-trick. Dean then added the conversion.
Warrington soon added their sixth try to show their dominance. Ben Currie was able to run through a gap and score out wide. Dean hit the post for the second time with his conversion attempt.
With less than five minutes to go, Huddersfield got a consolation try. Luke Yates managed to crash over from short range. Russell scored the conversion to get the Giants into double figures.
FT- Warrington 32-10 Huddersfield
Warrington: Thewlis, Charnley, Wrench, King, Ashton, Mata’utia, Dean, Mulhern, Clark, Cooper, Currie, Holmes, Davis. Subs: Philbin, Bullock, Walker, Magoulias.
Tries: Thewlis (3), King, Wrench, Currie
Goals: Dean 4/8
Huddersfield: Lolohea, McGillvary, Wardle, Leutele, Senior, Cogger, Russell, Hill, Levi, Wilson, Jones, McQueen, Yates. Subs: Lawrence, Greenwood, Ashworth, Golding.
Tries: Senior, Yates
Goals: Russell 1/2