Warrington Wolves have made another Challenge Cup Semi-Final after a 16-6 win over Catalans Dragons at Headingley.
Catalans came into the match making two changes to the side that beat Wakefield Trinity last week. Paul Seguier drops out after picking up injury, while Jordan Dezaria is out, whilst serving his one match ban.
Joel Tomkins started in the second row after being on the bench last week, while Arthur Mourgue dropped out of the 17.
As for Warrington, initially they opted to put Josh Thewlis at fullback to replace the injured Matty Ashton. However, an in injury picked up by Stefan Ratchford in the warmup meant Blake Austin came back into the squad. His inclusion saw Greg Inglis drop to fullback, Thewlis onto the wing and Jake Mamo in the centres.
The only other change for Warrington saw Jason Clark replace Matt Davis, who dropped to the bench.
Warrington took the lead after just three minutes. Toby King broke free down through the middle of the pitch, and gave it to Daryl Clark, who went over under the posts. Gareth Widdop converted for a six-point lead.
Things soon got worse for Catalans. Just a few minutes later, Gil Dudson was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle on King.
Just after the Dragons returned to full strength, Warrington strengthened their lead through a Widdop penalty, which came after a ball steal.
Just before the half-hour, Warrington struck again. This time, it was Chris Hill who attacked the line and he got an offload away to Clark, who went over for his second. Widdop converted to make it a three-score lead.
Four minutes later, Catalans thought they had got back in it, but Josh Drinkwater’s try was disallowed, as he was offside from James Maloney’s kick.
Warrington almost got their third try right on half-time. Widdop’s drop-goal attempt was off-target, and Thewlis beat the Dragons defence to the ball and thought he scored. However, it was disallowed as the ball had bounced out of play from the drop-goal attempt.
Just two minutes into the second half, Warrington extended their lead. Widdop kicked his second penalty of the night after a high tackle on Inglis.
Catalans got on the scoreboard just after the hour to give themselves a chance. They moved the ball well and found an overlap down the left-hand side, allowing Mike McMeeken to get over. Maloney kicked the conversion to bring them back within 10 points.
Wire missed the chance to go further ahead, after Widdop missed a penalty following a late hit from Dudson on Widdop.
Catalans then had a second try disallowed as McMeeken tried to power over, but video replays showed he was held up.
For the Wolves, it is their fourth straight Challenge Cup semi-final, and they have won two of those semi-finals in 2018 and 2019. They face Huddersfield Giants at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in their first match in front of fans since their win over Castleford Tigers in March 2020.
As for Catalans, it is another quarter-final exit for them. They also play next Monday when they travel to Hull FC.
Catalans Dragons: Sam Tomkins, Tom Davies, Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare, Fouad Yaha, James Maloney, Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Micky McIlorum, Julian Bousquet, Joel Tomkins, Mike McMeeken, Ben Garcia.
Subs: Alrix da Costa, Jason Baiteri, Joe Chan, Sam Kasiano.
Head Coach: Steve McNamara.
Warrington Wolves: Greg Inglis, Josh Thewlis, Jake Mamo, Toby King, Josh Charnley, Blake Austin, Gareth Widdop, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Jason Clark.
Subs: Joe Philbin, Matt Davis, Rob Mulhern, Sitaleki Akauola.
Head Coach: Steve Price.