Leigh Centurions claimed their biggest scalp yet on their return to Betfred Super League as they piled on the misery for bottom club Warrington Wolves.
Former England forward Gareth Hock grabbed two tries as the Centurions followed up their victories over St Helens and Huddersfield Giants with an impressive 22-8 defeat of the Wolves to leave last year's league leaders still looking for their first win of the season.
Leigh never looked back after racing into a 10-0 lead after 15 minutes through Hock's first and Ben Crooks and they were 20-2 up after the prop scored his second and Adam Higson touched down before conceding their first try in two matches as they cantered to a first win over Warrington since 1988.
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Tom Lineham was the player to cross for the visitors which was converted by Harvey Livett, after Kurt Gidley kicked a first-half penalty whilst wearing a player cam on his chest, with Centurions half-back Ben Reynolds booting six points.
The results means that, just six matches into the season, the Centurions have already won more than they managed throughout the entire previous season in Super League in 2005 as they climbed into the top four, with head coach Neil Jukes tipping Hock for an England recall.
"Why not?" He said. "He carried the ball as strong as anybody else. There were current internationals out there and he was head and shoulders above a lot of them.
"Gaz has got a bit of a tag about him but he's a loveable rogue and his discipline has been very good. Off the field he is brilliant. He is one of the first in and he works really hard. I went with him to Red Hall (for a disciplinary hearing) and he got a fine and no ban and I thought it was really important he played for us this week. He had an unbelievable pre-season and I asked him to lead from the front."
Counterpart Tony Smith was disappointed to see his side fall to their fifth successive defeat but he believes they are not far away from their first Super League win of the season.
"They came up with a close-to-the-line try, which we class as pretty soft, we need to be stopping those. We had a disjointed attack, it just wasn't flowing and certainly was not how we trained," Smith said.
"There was an amount of self-inflicted pain again. My players are trying hard but just coming up with wrong options and it's hurting us. Once we start making better decisions, we will come out the other side and get on a roll."