Currie makes dream return as Wolves keep spice in Middle 8s fight

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Ben Currie marked his long-awaited return from a knee injury with the crucial try as Warrington Wolves kept their hopes of avoiding the Super League Middle 8s alive with a 16-10 win at Wigan Warriors on Thursday.

Forward Currie has been out of action since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament while scoring a try in a home defeat to Wigan last September.

But he made the dream return at the DW Stadium, touching down from Declan Patton's grubber kick before a pair of Stefan Ratchford penalties made absolutely sure of the points.

The win moves the ninth-placed Wolves to within a point of eighth-placed Huddersfield Giants, who can condemn Warrington to the Middle 8s with victory over bottom club Leigh Centurions on Friday.

Thomas Leuluai crossed to put Wigan - for whom captain Sean O'Loughlin was playing his 400th game - ahead after just three minutes, but Benjamin Jullien responded in kind for Warrington 11 minutes later.

Leuluai was instrumental as the Warriors regined the lead, breaking free of the defence and sending John Bateman under the posts for Wigan's second and last try.

Ryan Atkins ensured Warrington went into the break just two points down, Peta Hiku leaping high to collect Patton's kick to the left-hand corner and knock the ball back for the centre to score his fifth try in four games.

And the visitors produced an excellent second-half performance to complete the turnaround, keeping Wigan off the scoresheet after the restart as Currie took the glory after 27 games on the sidelines.