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Wigan head to Wembley after semi final win

Wigan Warriors booked their place in the 2013 Tetley's Challenge Cup Final with a comfortable 70-0 Semi-Final win over London Broncos at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday evening.
Wigan head to Wembley after semi final win

Wigan Warriors booked their place in the 2013 Tetley's Challenge Cup Final with a comfortable 70-0 Semi-Final win over London Broncos at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday evening.

The Warriors led 34-0 at the break thanks to six first half tries and five conversions and the cherry and whites continued their dominance in the second half.

Wigan grabbed 12 tries with 10 different scorers, Richards and Charnley with a brace, Richards with 30 of the points. with 11 from 12 goals.

Wigan head back to Wembley for the second time in three years and will be looking to repeat their success of 2011 where they ran out winners over Leeds Rhinos. This time the opponents will be either Warrington or Hull FC who meet in the Second Semi-Final on Sunday evening.   

Wigan welcomed back Sam Tomkins, Harrison Hansen and Sean O'Loughlin who all missed the loss at St Helens while Iain Thornley replaced the injured Anthony Gelling at Centre. London were without Tony Clubb and Michael Witt.

After an even opening it was Wigan who took the lead on 10 minutes, a quick break from dummy half from Darrell Goulding 30 metres out and the Centre raced away under the posts for the try. Richards added the extras, 6-0.  

Wigan had the chance to extend their lead on 16 minutes but a Richards penalty was struck wide.

On 20 minutes, Wigan grabbed their second try, quick hands, O'Loughlin to Green and on his shoulder Lee Mossop charged over for the second try of the game, Richards added the goal 12-0.

Two minutes later and Wigan were in for their third try, Sam Tomkins over from close range and Richards added the extras to make it 18-0 and the Warriors were on their way. London guilty of conceding too many penalties to put Wigan is good positions to press the Broncos line.

A kick through from Smith came off the posts on 27 minutes and Blake Green was on hand to dive on the loose ball for the try and Richards added the conversion, 24-0.

Wigan continued to dominate, Richards in out wide from quick passing from Sam Tomkins and Iain Thornley and he added the goal on 32 minutes, 30-0

It was proving all too easy, O'Loughlin shrugging off tackles and Josh Charnley was on hand for the try, Wigan's sixth, the goal was missed, 28 points in 14 minutes for Wigan. At the break Wigan were 34-0 up.

It took Wigan seven minutes of the second half before they extended their lead further, Scott Taylor in under the posts and Richards added the goal to make it 40-0.

Matty Smith spotted a gap in the Broncos defence to shoot through on 51 minutes to the delight of the Wigan fans behind the posts and Richards goal made it 46-0.  

On 58 minutes a great knock pass from O'Loughlin found Pat Richards in lots of pace to stroll over for his second try of the game, the Winger converted from out wide, 52-0.

The one sided contest continued, Liam Farrell in for Wigan's tenth try on 63 minutes which Richards converted 58-0. Soon after Iain Thornley cut inside the London defence for his first try of the contest and Richards goal made it 64-0.

Josh Charnley got his second try on 74 minutes and Richards goal brought up the 70 points.

A big Semi-Final win in a one sided affair and Wigan head back to London in three weeks for the Final.

Wigan Warriors 70
Tries: Richards 2, Charnley 2, Goulding, Mossop, S Tomkins,Green, Taylor, Smith, Farrell, Thornley
Goals: Richards 11/12
Team: Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, Iain Thornley, Pat Richards, Blake Green, Matty Smith, Lee Mossop, Michael McIlorum, Gil Dudson, Harrison Hansen, Liam Farrell, Sean O'Loughlin (c). Rep: Chris Tuson, Ben Flower, Scott Taylor, Logan Tomkins

London Broncos 0
Team: Luke Dorn (c), Liam Colbon, Rhodri Lloyd, Dan Sarginson, Michael Robertson, Jamie O'Callaghan, Jamie Soward, Matt Cook, Tommy Lee, Mark Bryant, Shane Rodney, Antonio Kaufusi, Jacob Fairbank. Rep: Olsi Krasniqi, Scott Wheeldon, Ben Fisher, Mike McMeeken

Date: Saturday 27th July 2013
Venue: Leigh Sports Village
Crowd: 6,274
Referee: P Bentham
Half Time: Wigan 34-0


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