Warrington hit Super League summit after thrashing sorry Widnes

Warrington Wolves rediscovered their scintillating best form as they thrashed local rivals Widnes 48-16.

An ultimate team performance saw the Wolves rid any doubt that they can’t play without influential halfback Chris Sandow as they scored eight tries against Denis Betts’ struggling side.

Early tries through the excellent Kurt Gidley and Kevin Penny gave them the lead before Joe Mellor hit back for Widnes.

But by half-time, the Wolves were in complete control. Joe Westerman’s brilliance earned him two tries that were sandwiched between a score for Ben Westwood, giving Tony Smith’s men a 30-6 half-time lead.

Although Corey Thompson pulled a score back early in the second-half following Mellor’s stunning cut-out pass, a second Penny try and two for Ratchford heaped misery on Widnes.