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Saturday 10th August 2013, 15:00 - Round:24
|Joel Monaghan 2, Brett Hodgson, Micky Higham, Chris Bridge, Chris Riley,||T||Frankie Mariano, Danny Kirmond, Liam Kay,|
Attendance: 9,250 Official: T Roby Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Joel Monaghan scored two tries as Warrington Wolves leapfrogged Wigan Warriors in the Super League table and moved back to within a point of leaders Huddersfield Giants.
Warrington scored six tries to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats' three and the winning margin would have been greater had Stefan Ratchford not missed four conversions and Chris Bridge another attempt.
The Wildcats only trailed 14-8 at half-time but a fourth defeat in a row virtually wrecks their play-off ambitions.
Warrington were not at their best but went into the clash without skipper Adrian Morley, Ryan Atkins, Richie Myler, Lee Briers, Garreth Carvell and Mike Cooper.
Brett Hodgson and Michael Monaghan, however, were back after missing the 40-30 win at Castleford Tigers.
The Wildcats were missing Dean Collis, Danny Cowling, Peter Fox and Justin Poore with Bobbie Goulding making his debut off the bench early in the second half.
Goulding, the 20-year-old son of the ex-Great Britain scrum half of the same name, was on Warrington's books as a junior.
The Wolves made a bright start with Joel Monaghan taking only nine minutes to bag his 25th try of the season after a pass from Bridge.
But Wakefield, who had lost their last seven matches against Warrington, drew level when Frankie Mariano did well to collect Tim Smith's high kick under pressure and touch down in the corner.
Tim Smith intercepted a Mickey Higham pass to put the Wildcats on the offensive in the build-up to Mariano's try.
Higham was at the heart of most of Warrington's attacks and the Wolves regained the lead midway through the first half when Hodgson linked up from full back to dummy his way over.
Wakefield were back on terms after 28 minutes when Tim Smith and Lee Smith combined for skipper Danny Kirmond to power through two tackles.
But Lee Smith was off target with a straightforward conversion attempt to deny the Wildcats the lead.
Warrington frustrated their fans with handling errors but grabbed a fortuitous try when Michael Monaghan's speculative pass took a deflection and Higham pounced to score under the posts, with Ratchford landing his first conversion at the third attempt.
Joel Monaghan just failed to add to Warrington's tally when Hodgson's kick rolled dead before the break.
Taulima Tautai pepped Wakefield after his introduction from the bench and Simon Grix was forced to make a try-saving tackle on Mariano.
Tautai then went close from Paul Aiton's kick but Warrington gave themselves breathing space with smart handling from Michael Monaghan, Ben Westwood and Bridge putting Joel Monaghan over for his second try to make it 18-8.
Hodgson then put Westwood in the clear for Bridge to stroll over and, although the latter took over the goalkicking, he had no more success than Ratchford with the conversion.
A loose Trent Waterhouse pass was then intercepted by Liam Kay, who markes his first appearance of the season by racing 70 metres for a try.
Lee Smith's conversion gave the Wildcats renewed hope, but Chris Riley's touchdown after 66 minutes settled any home nerves.