Warrington moved three points clear at the top of the Super League table after 30-12 victory over derby rivals Widnes.

Tony Smith’s men led 20-0 at half time, but could have, and probably should have, been pegged back by the Vikings.

Wolves captain Chris Hill opened the scoring inside twelve minutes after breaking the line, but not before Rhys Hanbury knocked on to squander an almost certain opener.

And it was the same story all game for Denis Betts’ men, who could have scored ten minutes later through winger Patrick Ah Van, as he sprawled to receive a pass that eventually sailed into touch.

The same happened in the second half, as Corey Thompson received a forward pass that would otherwise have seen him touch down in the corner – although by that time, the game had already gone.

Ashton Sims and Morgan Smith added further tries in the first period for the Wire, and Kurt Gidley consolidated the lead with a penalty kick.

The first try of the second half was crucial, and Joe Philbin claimed it to increase the Warrington lead.

One of the few Vikings positives came from both Matt Whitley and Joe Mellor, who combined to put the latter over under the sticks. The pair have been the club’s standout performers in 2016 and they combined once more for a consolation.

Matty Russell then gave the home side an unassailable lead with a soft try in the corner, before opposite number Corey Thompson finished well for his side’s second try.

The result takes Warrington three points clear at the top and within touching distance of the League Leaders Shield. With just two games left in the Super Eights, a win against Wigan in round six will confirm their place at the top of the tree.

Warrington 30 (20)

Tries: Chris Hill (x1), Ashton Sims (x1), Morgan Smith (x1), Joe Philbin (x1), Matty Russell (x1)
Goals: Kurt Gidley (x5)

Widnes 12 (0)

Tries: Corey Thompson (x1), Joe Mellor (x1)
Goals: Corey Thompson (x1), Lloyd White (x1)