Keighley Cougars 4-74 Warrington Wolves
Wolves maul Cougars
Warrington made a confident start to their defence of the Tetley's Challenge Cup in disposing of part-timers Keighley in the opening round for the third year in a row after a 74-4 triumph.
Wolves coach Tony Smith took no chances against the Kingstone Press Championship club, fielding 11 members of the side that beat Leeds in last August's Wembley final, and he was rewarded with a ruthless display.
Centre Ryan Atkins scored four of the holders' 13 tries while 19-year-old prop Glenn Riley marked his senior debut with a well-taken try as the visitors cruised to victory.
The Cougars simply had no answer to the power of forwards Garreth Carvell and Trent Waterhouse or the pace of Atkins, while acting captain Brett Hodgson marshalled the side from full-back.
It was pacy winger Chris Riley who opened the scoring after eight minutes, taking Hodgson's pass 70 metres out and outsprinting the cover to touch down, while Atkins demonstrated the Wolves' danger close to the line by burrowing his way over from five metres out.
Hodgson's short pass got the 6ft 5in Waterhouse stretching out for the line to claim his side's third try and the visitors engineered a two-man overlap to gift Atkins his second.
Keighley had their moments, although they failed to make full use of the wind and a slope in their favour in the first half.
Hooker James Feather broke clear only to make the final pass to Warrington's Gareth O'Brien and Wales stand-off Danny Jones regathered his own kick over the Wolves defence only for the supporting Ben Sagar to be caught by the cover.
There was no way back when Wales winger Rhys Williams scored either side of the interval to stretch his side's lead to 32-0 as Warrington cut loose with six further tries within 12 minutes of the restart.
Warrington became even more of a threat following the introduction of hooker Michael Monaghan at the start of the second half.
His superbly-timed passes got Waterhouse and O'Brien into yawning gaps in the Keighley defence for Atkins and Richie Myler to finish off long-range moves.
The Cougars simply could not get their hands on the ball and the rampant Wolves showed no mercy as Atkins scooped up a grubber kick by Keighley's player-coach Paul March and went 80 metres for his fourth try which brought up the half-century.
Atkins then sent Riley over for his second and O'Brien got in on the scoring act to extend his side's lead to 62-0 before Keighley full-back Paul White picked up March's pass to go over for a consolation try during a rare foray into the visitors' 20-metre area.
It was only a temporary respite for the part-time outfit, however, as Williams came in off his wing looking for a runner and found Glenn Riley, who charged onto his pass and proved unstoppable from 10 metres out.
It was a popular score as the youngster found himself mobbed by his team-mates, who quickly got their minds back on the job as loose forward Ben Currie broke clear for Myler to send in Hodgson for their 3th try.
The veteran full-back kicked his 11th conversion to register his 26th point before taking a breather 10 minutes from the end with mission accomplished.