Warriors reach final with record win
Wigan Warriors secure Challenge Cup final place after easy win over London Broncos
Wigan Warriors didn't concede a single point as they recorded an easy victory against a lacklustre London Broncos as Pat Richards sets a new record for most points scored in a semi-final.
The Wigan fans were always hopeful of an easy victory with the return of key players such as Sam Tomkins, Sean O’loughlin and Harrison Hansen.
The game started slow with the Broncos having the early chances in the first 5 minutes however nothing came of it.
Early errors handed the Warrior’s repeat sets which London initially weathered, but once Wigan found their stride they took full control of the tie.
Wigan’s first try came when Darrell Goulding attacked the blind side of the Broncos defence from the play the ball, this the first of many tries to come from bad discipline from the Broncos.
Wigan’s second of the game was just as simple with good passes from the half backs Matty Smith and Blake Green creating space for Australian bound Lee Mossop to power over the line, Richards added the extras to both the tries to give Wigan an early 12-0 lead.
The Warriors third of the game was a typical Sam Tomkins try with two quick side steps near the line that created the space for him to sneak over the line, the try once again gained from ill-discipline.
Green then added the fourth of the game from a sneaky grubber kick from Smith that hit the post and ended up in his hands and he grounded the ball to score. Richards once again added the extras to both tries to give the Warrior's a 24-0 lead.
Richards also got his first of the day by finishing off a lovely move from the Warrior’s backs and walked into the corner, again adding the extras to make it 30-0.
Josh Charnley’s first of the day was the best try of the half with Ben Flower and O’loughlin ripping through the defensive line and before O’loughlin threw a wonderful pass for Charnley to score in the corner.
Richards missed the conversion this time to resulting in a half time lead of 34-0.
Wigan Continued there dominance in the second half with Scott Taylor bursting straight through the defensive line to score the first try of the half.
Richards added the extras to give Wigan a lead of 40-0 before Smith went in for Wigan’s second of the half; Richards once again added the extras.
With the Warriors looking all but set for a 30th cup final they played some expansive rugby that was rewarded when O'Loughlin flicked a ball onto the overlapping Richards pushing the scoreboard past 50.
Richards then turned provider by breaking the line and teeing up Liam Farrell to score Wigan’s fourth of the half, Richards added the extras once again to take the lead to 58 points.
Ian Thornley then waked through some lacklustre defence to score Wigan’s fifth of the half, Charnley then scored his second of the game and his 100th try of his career, with Richards adding the extras to both tries giving Wigan a final score win of 70-0.
Richard's total of two tries and 11 goals saw him set a record for the biggest individual score in a Challenge Cup semi-final.
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