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Warrington Bridge the gap

Warrington cruised past Super League leaders Leeds on Friday night, while St Helens beat Salford and Widnes drew with Catalan.

Chris Bridge scored 16 points in a man-of-the-match display as Warrington continued their fine form with an excellent 24-6 victory over the Rhinos at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Wire went into the match on the back of three comprehensive wins and it showed as they completely outplayed the Rhinos, who could not contain the home side's speed around the ruck.

Two-try veteran Paul Wellens provided the inspiration as St Helens powered to the top of the First Utility Super League with a convincing 32-12 win over lacklustre Salford.

Sia Soliola, Lance Hohaia and Gary Wheeler also touched down for dominant Saints at Langtree Park and Luke Walsh kick six goals but it was Wellens, still turning on the style at 34, who led the way.

Salford rarely threatened and were limited to consolation tries from Niall Evalds and Gareth Hock as they slumped to yet another defeat.

The much-hyped and revamped Red Devils have now won just once in eight games since replacing Brian Noble as coach with Iestyn Harris.

Widnes secured a dramatic draw with Catalan Dragons thanks to a late try from Tom Gilmore.

Catalan were leading 26-20 and looked set for victory before Gilmore touched down three minutes from time at the Stobart Stadium.

Danny Tickle then landed the conversion to make it 26-26, denying the Dragons their seventh win in eight First Utility Super League matches.