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Atkins hat-trick helps Warrington to victory

A hat-trick of tries from England centre Ryan Atkins helped Warrington to victory over Hull FC following a commanding second-half display that keeps up the pressure on leaders Wigan.
Atkins hat-trick helps Warrington to victory
by NRL

A hat-trick of tries from England centre Ryan Atkins helped Warrington to victory over Hull FC following a commanding second-half display that keeps up the pressure on leaders Wigan.

In front of watching England boss Steve McNamara, Atkins produced a superb all-round performance to help his side cut Wigan's lead at the top to just a point before the Warriors meet Widnes on Monday night.

Atkins registered two tries in an evenly contested first half which saw the sides level at 18-18 at the break, but his third of the afternoon was the gamebreaker.

With the Wolves holding a six-point advantage at 24-18 and Hull down to 12 men after the sin-binning of Willie Manu, Atkins showed tremendous power and pace to race 30 metres and score a superb individual try.

The Wolves scored 22 unanswered points in the second period, with further tries from Lee Briers, Garreth Carvell and Joel Monaghan adding to first-half efforts from Chris Riley and two from Atkins; Gareth O'Brien landed six conversions from seven attempts.

Hull grabbed tries through Kirk Yeaman, Manu and Joe Westerman, with three goals coming from Danny Tickle's boot.

It was the visitors who were quickest out of the blocks, however, as they stunned the home side with two scores in the opening eight minutes.

Yeaman touched down following a wonderful overhead pass from Manu, who added a try of his own after profiting from Tom Briscoe's delivery.

Warrington crossed for their first try of the game two minutes later as Carvell charged down Brett Seymour's kick and Atkins scooped up the loose ball to race clear and score.

But Hull increased their lead as Richard Horne's pass sent Westerman into space, with the Hull loose forward skipping out of a couple of attempted tackles to dive over.

Two tries in three minutes from the Wolves, however, edged the home side in front late in the half; Riley squeezed over in the corner and, three minutes later, Briers and O' Brien combined to send Atkins over for his second try of the game.

But, in the final seconds of the half, Warrington were penalised for offside and Tickle booted over the resulting penalty to level matters at 18-18.

It was the home side who claimed the vital first try of the second half when Briers threw an outrageous dummy and managed to scramble over.

Hull's cause was not helped when Manu was sent to the sin-bin for interference after his Hull side had been given a warning by referee Ben Thaler.

And the Wolves scored two tries in his absence to seal victory as Atkins claimed his hat-trick try and Carvell also touched down against his former club.

Warrington put the seal on what was eventually a convincing victory as Chris Bridge sent Monaghan over for a try eight minutes from time.




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