Warriors outclass Salford, Livett hat-trick helps Wolves sink Rhinos
Wigan Warriors comfortably closed back to within two points of Super League leaders St Helens thanks to a classy win over Salford Red Devils, while Harvey Livett's hat-trick helped Warrington Wolves down Leeds Rhinos.
Saints' beating of Catalans Dragons on Thursday stretched their advantage over rivals Wigan to four points, but the Warriors ran in six tries to sink sorry Salford 30-0 at the DW Stadium.
Oliver Gildart, Tony Clubb and George Williams - who twice went close with the score at 0-0 - helped Wigan into an 18-0 half-time lead.
Tommy Leuluai played in Sam Tomkins for the first of his two quickfire tries after the break, before John Bateman put the finishing touch on the win.
Leeds' stop-start season continued as they fell to a 33-22 defeat at home to Warrington, for who Livett was the catalyst for a ninth straight victory in all competitions.
The 21-year-old dotted down in the first half along with Kevin Brown to help the Wolves into an 11-4 lead before the break, Ashton Golding replying for the hosts.
It looked as though Leeds had turned the game on its head when Joel Moon, Ryan Hall and Carl Ablett each scored, but Ryan Atkins started the recovery before Livett added two more to complete his treble and Ben Murdoch-Masila rounded off an impressive win that left Warrington just four points off the top.
Completing the action, Huddersfield Giants - who appointed Newcastle Knights assistant Simon Woolford as head coach this week - ensured interim boss Chris Thorman finished with a much-needed win.
Debutant Jake Wardle scored twice as the Giants beat fellow strugglers Widnes Vikings 28-18.