Tetley’s Challenge Cup Quarter Final Review by Simon Reuben
Sheffield Eagles 10
Tries: Tuner, Yere
Tries: Witt, Soward, Robertson, Rodney,
Goals: Witt 2, Soward 2
Drop Goal: Soward
London Broncos moved within 80-minutes of Wembley as they got the better of Championship side Sheffield Eagles at the Don Valley Stadium.
Both sides came into this game with very different form. The Eagles were on a fifteen match winning run as they entertained the London Broncos who had last won a game in May.
The team from the capital made a good start but some stout defence from the hosts and poor handling close to the line let them down until the 21st minute.
Tommy Lee's pass set up Michael Witt who stepped his way over to score the first try of the game. Witt also kicked the extras.
Struggling to hold on to the ball, Sheffield got some position in their opponents 20 and a superb pass by Menzie Yare got winger Scott tuner over the line out wide.
Enter former St George Dragon Jamie Soward , who superbly marshalled the Londoners around the park , scored a fine individual try himself from a scrum by beating three tackles to race in from 30-meters out to give his side a 10-4 lead at the break.
Then it got even better for the Broncos after the restart as a Witt kick was not dealt with by the home defence and ex Sea Eagle Michael Robertson scored one of the simplest tries of his career.
It was all over for the Eagles just after the 60-minute mark as Shane Rodney stepped over for the away side’s fourth try of the night.
Soward then kicked a one-pointer before on-loan Wigan Centre Rhodri Lloyd added the match winning try after some good handling by Antonio Kaufusi.
However, Sheffield would have the final say as Yere powered over from close range with just over 10 minutes of the match remaining, but it was the Broncos night as they booked a place in the Semi Finals.
Tries: Pelissier, Escare
Goals: Dureau 2
Drop Goal: Dureau
Hull FC 24
Tries: McDonnell 2, Lineham, Briscoe
Goals: Westerman 2, Tickle 2
Hull FC booked their place in the last four with victory in Perpignan over Catalan Dragons in a scrappy game.
Played in hot humid conditions both sides struggled to hold on to the ball and Hull eventually built some pressure up and finally broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute.
After good work by Aaron Heremaia and Jacob Miller, Shannon McDonnell was on hand to twist his way over the line and open the scoring.
The Dragons got back into the contest when substitute hooker Eloi Pelissier scored a superb effort from close range. Scott Dureau added the goal to level things up and then he kicked a drop goal 3 minutes from the break.
But after receiving a penalty on the half-time hooter, the visitors took the lead 8-7 when Danny Tickle slotted over the goal.
After the break, Catalan when back into the lead as Dureau sent Lopini Paea thorugh a gap and he offloaded for Morgan Escare to touchdown next to the posts. Dureau added the conversion to make it 13-8
In end-to-end stuff, the Black and Whites closed the gap to one point when the ball was passed across the line for Tom Lineham to score in the right hand corner.
As both sides continued to struggle to hold on to any possession , with 15 minutes remaining Danny Houghton ran out of dummy half and offloaded to the supporting Tom Briscoe who went over after stepping Escare. Tickle added the all important goal to make it 18-13
The Frenchside thorugh all but the kitchen sink at Hull but to their credit the East Yorkshire scrambled superbly and made sure of the win with a try on the last play of the game.
Kirk Yeaman broke clear and in support was McDonnell who went over to book Hull a place in the Semi-Finals for the first time in five years.
Tries: Wood, Waterhouse, Higham, Riley,
J. Monaghan 2, Briers, Carvell
Goals: Hodgson 6
Huddersfield Gnats 24
Tries: Lunt, Ferguson, McGilvary, Grix
Goals: Brough 4
Looking for fourth Wembley final in five years, Warrington faced a real challenge from second in the Super League table Huddersfield Giants who knocked Champions Leeds Rhinos out in the previous round.
But, it was the Wolves forwards who dominated the early stages and they gave the platform for Lee Briers to weave his magic. Ben Westwood took a return pass from Briers to get prop Paul Wood over as the homeside took the lead after 10-minutes.
After some Handling errors from the Giants, Trent Waterhouse punished them as scored try number two. Warrington continued their ascendancy as Mickey Higham burrowed his way over from dummy half and centre Simon Grix carved out an opening for winger Chris Riley who scored out wide as the hosts took a commanding 20-0 lead.
Gradually, Huddersfield got a foothold in the game and they hit back with two quickfire tries of their own.
The first came courtesy of good play by Eorl Crabtree who got them in the position for hooker Shaun Lunt to force his way over from dummy half. Dale Ferguson then took Luke Robinson's pass to score try number two as the lead wad won to 20-12, but back came Warrington with a touchdown on the half time hooter from Joel Monaghan.
Within five minutes of the restart, the hosts added another as Chris Bridge’s pass got Monaghan over for his second. Briers then inflicted more misery on the visitors by collecting his own grubber kick to score a seventh try.
And it was all over as a contest when big Prop Garreth Carvell scored try number eight just before the sixty minute mark.
At least Huddersfield finished with a flourish as Jermaine McGillvary collected Brough's crossfield high kick to touch down and full-back Scott Grix scored the final try of the game but the Giants were well beaten as Warrington go marching on to the Semi-Finals.
Tries: Charnley 3, Tomkins, Smith,
Farrell, Hampshire, Green
Goals: Richards 8
Tries: Ah Van
The Warriors were boosted with the return of Skipper Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins and Lee Mossop. Widnes had six former Wigan players in their starting line-up but with the loan agreement between the two clubs Gareth Hock was unable to play and this showed as the hosts dominated from the start.
England winger Josh Charnley made the most of two errors by Widnes as he scored a quickfire brace inside the first 12 minutes. Pat Richards made no mistake with the boot as Wigan led 12-0.
He swooped on a stray pass from Rhys Hanbury to scorch over from 70 metres for his opening score and then had a more leisurely 40-metre jog to punish more Kamikaze-style rugby league by the visitors, who seemed determined to produce inventive play even from deep inside their own half.
A point a minute was achieved by the Warriors as try number three soon followed. Tomkins supported a break by Harrison Hansen to go next to the posts and it soon became 24-0 as Liam Farrell broke out of his own 20-metre area to get the supporting Matty Smith over the line.
The Vikings final held on to the ball and pulled a try back seven minutes before the break when delicate kicks from Joe Mellor and Kevin Brown prised the opening for left winger Patrick Ah Van to score out wide.
But the mini-comeback was short lived as just before the interval Charnley swooped on Brown's wayward pass to sprint 80 metres and complete his hat-trick and Pat Richards kept up his 100% record to leave the Warriors with one foot in the last four leading 30-4.
From the kick off in the second half, Rhys Hanbury conceded a goal-line drop-out and moments later Farrell jogged in for try number seven.
Substitute Ryan Hampshire was next on the scoresheet for Wigan as he took Gil Dudson ‘ pass to make it 42-4.
The final try of the game arrived on 67-minutes as Blake Green pounced on another Widnes handling error to race away and score. Richards continued his flawless kicking as the Warriors eased into the last four at a canter.
Hull FC V Warrington Wolves Sunday 28th March at John Smith’s Stadium Huddersfield