Tetley's Challenge Cup: Warrington Wolves maul Huddersfield Giants
Last Updated: 14/07/13 7:27pm
Joel Monaghan: tries either side of half-time for the Wolves
Warrington powered into the Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-finals with a crushing 44-24 victory over Huddersfield.
The Giants arrived at the Halliwell Jones Stadium second in Super League having won seven of their last eight games, but this reprise of the 2009 final was a complete mis-match.
The Wolves raced into a 20-0 lead and despite a brief rally from the Giants, the cup holders are now just a win away from their fourth final in five years.
Huddersfield made far too many errors particularly in the first half and Warrington punished them ruthlessly, Ben Westwood creating the opening try after 10 minutes with a neat exchange of passes with Brett Hodgson before putting Paul Wood in under the posts, with Hodgson converting.
Four minutes later Trent Waterhouse muscled his way over Luke Robinson in a complete physical mis-match before a knock-on from David Lawrence set up the field position for Mickey Higham to dive over from dummy half. Hodgson converted for 16-0.
The Giants were unlucky to see referee Phil Bentham's decision go against them when Ukuma Ta'ai lost the ball in the tackle when it was clearly stripped by a defender.
Warrington quickly took advantage, winger Chris Riley producing a good diving finish under pressure in the corner.
Huddersfield had not had an attack inside the Warrington 20-metre line in the opening 25 minutes, but back-to-back penalties at last gave them some field position.
Moments later Shaun Lunt finished well under the posts with three defenders trying to stop him and Danny Brough converted.
Five minutes later Huddersfield had their second try when Dale Ferguson broke through the line and brushed aside Brett Hodgson's attempted tackle before showing good pace to reach the try-line. Brough converted and the deficit was just eight points.
At that stage the Giants looked to be in the ascendancy but two Joel Monaghan tries either side of half-time swung the game decisively back in Warrington's favour.
The Australian wiger took advantage of Brett Hodgson's break for his first, then took a superb pass from Chris Bridge in at the corner.
A fine individual score from Lee Briers just about settled it, the veteran chipping through and touching down under the posts, before Garreth Carvell powered over from close range.
Huddersfield did have the last word to at least give the scoreboard some respectability, but late scores from Jermaine McGillvary and Scott Grix will be no consolation after a desperately flat performance.
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