Wigan too strong for Hull

Blackpool Citizen: Anthony Gelling, right, scored two tries for Wigan Anthony Gelling, right, scored two tries for Wigan

Makeshift full-back Dan Sarginson scored a hat-trick of tries as injury-hit Wigan bounced back from their crushing defeat to Leeds with a 44-16 rout of Hull to climb into the top three of the First Utility Super League for the first time this year.

Centre Anthony Gelling also caught the eye with a devastating two-try display as the Warriors shrugged off the absence of seven regulars to condemn Hull to their heaviest defeat of the season.

It was Hull's third home defeat of the league campaign and, without another game at the KC Stadium for two months as the pitch is relaid, Lee Radford's men must regroup quickly on the road if they are to retain their top-eight spot.

England trio Josh Charnley, Sean O'Loughlin and Liam Farrell were among the champions' high-profile absentees but the replacements seized their opportunites, with Dominic Manfredi proving a handful on the wing while Sarginson proved to be a more-than-useful third-choice full-back after switching from the threequarter line.

Warrington centre Joel Monaghan passed the 100-try milestone on his 100th appearance for the club as Tony Smith's side returned to winning ways with a convincing victory over Catalan Dragons.

Monaghan, in his fourth year with the Wolves since his move from the NRL in 2011, hit the 100-try mark with the opener and he soon made it 101 as he claimed two first-half tries in the 42-10 success.

Stand-off Chris Bridge was once again among the points, finishing with a personal haul of 18 with a try and seven goals. Warrington's other tries came from Stefan Ratchford, Anthony England, Micky Higham and James Laithwaite.

The Dragons could only manage consolation tries through Vincent Duport and Morgan Escare.

Paul Sykes sent Widnes crashing to their first defeat in four matches as his last-gasp try handed Wakefield a 24-18 win at the Stobart Stadium.

Sykes swept over with the last play of the match to settle a rousing contest with Jarrod Sammut landing the conversion.

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