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Atkins treble keeps Wolves in the race
A hat-trick of tries from England centre Ryan Atkins helped Warrington to a 40-18 victory over Hull following a commanding second-half display to keep the pressure on Stobart Super League 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 claimed two first-half tries and the sides were level at 18-18 at half-time, but his third try 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 to score a superb individual try.
The Wolves scored 22 unanswered points in the second half with further tries from Lee Briers, Garreth Carvell and Joel Monaghan to add to first-half efforts from Chris Riley and two from Atkins while Gareth O'Brien landed six conversions from seven attempts.
Hull grabbed tries through Kirk Yeaman, Manu and Joe Westerman and three goals from Danny Tickle.
Huddersfield stand-off Danny Brough boosted his chances of an England start with an impressive performance as the Giants brought to an end a five-match losing streak with a 46-10 victory over London Broncos.
Brough, who missed out on selection for the last England game, could figure on home soil when Steve McNamara's men face the Exiles in Huddersfield next Wednesday. He caught the eye in an otherwise dour battle with Super League strugglers London through two pieces of first-half skill that opened up the Broncos' defence and set up tries for team-mates.
Defending champions Leeds continued their climb back up the table with a comfortable 40-22 win over a Castleford side sorely missing the creative skills of Rangi Chase.
Wingmen Ryan Hall and Ben Jones-Bishop both touched down twice as the Rhinos ran in seven tries at Headingley for the second time in seven days as they built on their 44-40 win over Wakefield which lifted them back into the top eight.
While, crisis club Bradford kept in touch with the play-off contenders with a hard-fought 34-26 victory over Wakefield.