A breathtaking hat-trick of tries from classy full-back Jai Field helped Wigan Warriors to a 36-6 victory over Wakefield Trinity to set up a mouthwatering semi-final with Saints.
Field provided another demonstration of his growing value to the Warriors with a Player of the Match performance in their quarter-final at Belle Vue.
Field, who pledged his future to the Warriors by signing a new two-year contract in the week, was among a host of impressive performers as Matt Peet’s men stepped up their bid for a league and cup double.
They play leaders St Helens in a table-topping clash on Good Friday (April 15) and will also take on their arch rivals at Elland Road on May 7 for a place in the cup final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 28.
Wakefield, who were without skipper Jacob Miller, free-scoring winger Tom Johnstone and prop David Fifita, were in touch with the visitors at half-time, when they trailed 12-6, but they had no answer when Wigan went up a gear in the second half.
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In Saturday’s actiob, holders St Helens made sure of their place in the semi-finals of the Betfred Challenge Cup with a convincing 36-20 victory over Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.
Catalans failed to cope with a slick Saints attack as Jack Welsby, Lewis Dodd, Mark Percival, Morgan Knowles, Dan Norman and Joe Batchelor all pierced the home defence.
The Dragons lost star full-back Sam Tomkins early in the game and his replacement, Arthur Mourgue, was unable to inspire a recovery from a 20-10 half-time deficit.
Full-back Tui Lolohea produced a Player of the Match performance to lead Huddersfield Giants to a 24-16 victory over Hull FC.
The Tonga international half-back, who is proving to be a revelation at full-back, ran the show and scored a try and six goals as the Giants snuffed out the prospect of a Hull derby in the last four.
With both sides scoring three tries, the perfect goalkicking of Lolohea proved decisive as Huddersfield, who have not won the cup since 1953, advanced to the last four.
🏆 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐘𝐄𝐀𝐑 𝐎𝐍𝐋𝐘…
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Hull KR were the first team to secure their place in the semi-finals after carving out an impressive 34-10 win over Castleford on Friday.
Loose forward Elliot Minchella scored two early tries – his first at Craven Park – to put Rovers into a 12-0 lead but in-form Castleford winger Greg Eden touched down twice before half-time to keep the tie in the balance.
There were only six points between the teams with 15 minutes left but Rovers finished the stronger side and late tries from Rowan Milnes, Sam Wood and Jordan Abdull finally ended their opponents’ brave resistance and sent the hosts to Elland Road.
England winger Ryan Hall was also among the tries as Rovers gained sweet revenge for their 33-32 golden point extra-time defeat by Castleford in last season’s sixth-round tie.