Wolves dismantle Rhinos to claim first win, Salford demolish Hull


Declan Patton was in fine form as Warrington Wolves finally claimed their first win of the Super League campaign by overcoming Leeds Rhinos 25-14 on Friday.

Youngster Patton was at his best with the boot as he amassed four conversions and a drop-goal as the Wolves ended a run of seven matches without victory, with Ryan Atkins' double integral to a win that will alleviate some of the pressure on head coach Tony Smith.

Warrington were fortunate not to be reduced to 12 men after Ben Westwood's terrible high tackle on Liam Sutcliffe in the first minute - the hosts' veteran escaping with 10 minutes in the sin-bin.

Leeds swiftly made their numerical advantage count, Tom Briscoe driving over for the game's first try before two well-worked Atkins efforts and a score from Tom Lineham put the hosts in command early in the second half.

However, despite quickfire tries from Matt Parcell and Joel Moon hauling Leeds back into contention, Kurt Gidley's effort put the hosts out of sight before Patton capped-off the win with a well-taken drop-goal late on.

Salford Red Devils ran in 10 tries in a 54-18 thumping of Hull FC to keep the pressure on leaders Castleford Tigers, Craig Kopczak and Greg Johnson scoring two apiece.

Hull slipped to fourth as a result and hot on their heels are in-form Wakefield Trinity, who made the most of Wigan Warriors's defeat to Castleford on Thursday with a comprehensive 30-4 triumph over struggling Widnes Vikings.

Huddersfield Giants came from 14-0 down to draw 14-14 at St Helens, while Catalans Dragons ended a five-match winless run with a 37-26 victory over Leigh Centurions.