Challenge Cup  Saturday 12th May 2012  DW Stadium  Att: 12,864

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Brett Finch

Sean O'Loughlin

Sam Tomkins

GOAL SCORERS:

Josh Charnley

Josh Charnley

Josh Charnley

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Paul Wellens

GOAL SCORERS:

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood


Warriors win Cup derby

Wigan remain on course to successfully defend the Carnegie Challenge Cup after grinding out a hard-fought 18-4 victory over arch rivals St Helens in scrappy quarter-final at the DW Stadium.

Saints led 4-0 early on but were gradually overpowered as they failed for the first time for 12 years to reach the last four, leaving the Warriors to join last year\'s runners-up Leeds in the hat for Sunday\'s semi-final draw.

With little to choose between the teams, Wigan were no doubt grateful for home advantage after finally getting the go-ahead to play the tie at the DW Stadium, where a bumper crowd lapped up a second derby victory of the season following their Super League triumph at Langtree Park on Good Friday.

Saints made the brighter start after being gifted an early attacking position through Anthony Gelling\'s handling error and James Roby caused havoc in the Wigan defence with his electrifying bursts from dummy half.

The early pressure paid off when centre Michael Shenton was the first to Jonny Lomax\'s kick and he fed the ball back for full-back Paul Wellens to touch down for the game\'s first try on five minutes.

Lomax surprisingly missed the conversion and Wigan drew level seven minutes later when Sean O\'Loughlin and Brett Finch worked the ball out wide for full-back Sam Tomkins to scythe through the Saints defence.

Josh Charnley added the goal and almost extended the lead shortly afterwards after collecting Thomas Leuluai\'s high kick but he was stopped short of the line by Francis Meli and Wellens intercepted his pass to snuff out the immediate threat.

Saints could not clear the danger, however, and, after young centre Jack Hughes demonstrated his inexperience by failing to give Charnley a run for the corner, Wigan added a second try midway through the first half when a superb offload by centre George Carmont enabled O\'Loughlin to go through a gap to touch down.

Wigan lost prop Epalahame Lauaki five minutes before half-time when he was knocked out in a tackle from Saints\' former Wigan forward Mark Flanagan, but they still had enough firepower to retain their slender hold on the game.

The tie became scrappy as the error count rose and it remained in the balance until stand-off Finch found a hole in the Saints defensive line nine minutes into the second half and evaded last man Wellens to touch down.

The holders could have made sure of victory had Hughes\'s final pass found an unmarked Charnley but his finishing again let him down and the Warriors were forced to demonstrate their defensive mettle as St Helens mounted a sterling fightback.

The home side had a let-off when Saints centre Gary Wheeler lost the ball going for the line and that represented the visitors\' last chance to get back into the tie.

Charnley\'s 67th-minute penalty from 40 metres out put his side two scores in front and finally ended the game as a contest.

Match Action

  • 67m
    goal

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 49m
    try

    Brett Finch

    Wigan

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Mark Flanagan

    St Helens

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Chris Tuson

    Wigan

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Jon Wilkin

    St Helens

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Epalahame Lauaki

    Wigan

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Iosia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Shaun Magennis

    St Helens

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Harrison Hansen

    Wigan

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Liam Farrell

    Wigan

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Lee Mossop

    Wigan

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Epalahame Lauaki

    Wigan

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Anthony Laffranchi

    St Helens

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Paul Clough

    St Helens

  • 20m
    try

    Sean O'Loughlin

    Wigan

  • 20m
    goal

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Paul Prescott

    Wigan

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Jeff Lima

    Wigan

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Josh Perry

    St Helens

  • 12m
    goal

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 12m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 4m
    try

    Paul Wellens

    St Helens