Warrington beat Tigers on mud bath, Barba inspires Saints
Warrington Wolves stretched their winning run to four Super League matches with an 18-6 victory at Castleford Tigers in atrocious conditions and Ben Barba inspired leaders St Helens to glory at Widnes Vikings on Monday.
Rain and snow in Yorkshire left parts of the Jungle surface waterlogged, but Warrington were grateful the game went ahead after consigning last year's runners-up to a first defeat since being hammered by Saints in their opening game of the season.
Steve Price's in-form side were 10-0 up the break, Toby King sliding through the mud on the stroke of half-time after being fed by Josh Charnley and Stefan Ratchford adding the extras after slotting over a couple of penalties.
Luke Gale got Castleford on the board with a penalty and his kick gave Oliver Holmes the opportunity to dot down, cutting the gap to only four points, but Ratchford added another penalty and Daryl Clark dived over from dummy-half against his former club to seal it right at the end.
Warrington remain four points adrift of leaders Saints, who scored three tries in each half to win 28-6 at Widnes.
Barba pulled the strings for Justin Holbrook's men, setting up early scores for Ryan Morgan and Mark Percival, the latter claiming a double after Wellington Albert notched his first Super League try for Widnes.
The lively Barba added one of his own and Tommy Makinson took his tally of Saints tries to 100 with a brace in a comfortable victory.
Liam Marshall scored four tries as Wigan Warriors thrashed Hull KR 44-6, while champions Leeds Rhinos secured their first win in three with a 20-0 home success over Salford Red Devils.
Catalans Dragons beat Huddersfield Giants 27-6 and Marc Sneyd's late, 50-metre drop-goal gave Hull FC a 27-26 triumph over Wakefield Trinity.