ST Helens produced their best performance of the season to defeat title favourites Warrington.
Nathan Brown’s side condemned the Wolves to back-to-back defeats for the first time for two years with a 22-10 win over their old whipping boys at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Brown has endured a frustrating time since taking charge at Saints but his new side clicked into gear early on with the aid of tries from Jordan Turner, Lance Hohaia and Francis Meli.
Below-par Warrington eventually replied through the returning Chris Bridge but their notoriously poor record against Saints continued to haunt them as their visitors claimed a 38th win from 45 Super League derbies.
Brown said: “It was definitely our best performance so far.”
Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors winger Pat Richards marked his 200th appearance for Wigan with an 18-point haul in a 38-0 win over Catalan Dragons at the DW Stadium that keeps the Warriors within a point of the leaders.
Richards scored two of his side’s seven tries to reach 150 for the club and climb into the top 10 of Super League’s all-time leading tryscorers.
England full-back Sam Tomkins also scored a try but has no recollection of it after being knocked out in an incident that angered coach Shaun Wane.
“It was a shoulder to his head,” Wane said.
“He’s not so good in the dressing room and cannot remember any of the game which is very sad.”
Widnes forward Gareth Hock, who is on loan from Wigan, was sent off by referee Robert Hicks for dissent half an hour into his side’s 22-22 draw with Bradford.
“It was an atrocious decision and an absolute joke,” said Vikings coach Denis Betts.
“Are we in a school yard? You shouldn’t get sent off for swearing. Maybe warn him or a sin bin but not a sending-off.”
Widnes were trailing 16-4 when they were reduced to 12 men and Betts was delighted with the way they fought back to earn a point.
Rhys Hanbury, former Bradford winger Patrick Ah Van and Lloyd White scored tries for the home side before an Ah Van penalty five minutes from time tied the scores.
There were two red cards and two yellows at Hull, where threequarters Joe Arundel and Tom Lineham both scored hat-tricks in Hull’s crushing 52-0 victory over Castleford.
The match turned ugly on 50 minutes with an all-in brawl, after which referee Steve Ganson sent off Hull’s Danny Tickle and Castleford’s Weller Hauraki, while sin-binning Justin Carney (Castleford) and Mark O’Meley (Hull).