Wolves crush Bulls to reach semis

Richie Myler scored two tries and had another disallowed as revitalised Warrington brushed aside Bradford in the last of the Tetley's Challenge Cup quarter-finals to secure a place in the last four for the fifth time in six years.

Ryan Atkins celebrates with Richie Myler after scoring a try
Ryan Atkins celebrates with Richie Myler after scoring a try

The Wolves, Wembley winners three times since 2009, were unrecognisable from the team that lost 34-28 to the Bulls in Super League at the Provident Stadium six weeks ago as they stretched their winning run to five matches with a 46-10 triumph.

Four tries in the final quarter, two of them from centre Joel Monaghan, gave Warrington a flattering margin of victory but there was never any doubt over the result.

Coach Tony Smith switched Stefan Ratchford to loose forward to accommodate all three of his playmakers in the starting line-up and they were full of invention as a result.

If the cup has been a distraction for the relegation-threatened Bulls, they can now at least concentrate on more important matters, starting with next Sunday's trip to fellow strugglers Salford.

Scrum-half Myler, on his first start for two months, opened the scoring on 14 minutes, jinking his way over as first receiver for the first of the Wolves' eight tries.

That came from a knock-on inside his own half by Bradford second-rower Tom Olbison, and the home side's inability to stem the errors proved crucial.

With scrum-half Luke Gale probing effectively, the Bulls had their moments in attack and winger Elliot Kear took centre Adrian Purtell's pass to produce a clinical finish on 18 minutes to score their only try of the first half.

It was in defence, however, that Bradford's problems surfaced and they paid a big price for conceding a goal-line drop-out from the restart as the Wolves hit them for two tries in five minutes.

Former Bradford centre Ryan Atkins took Myler's pass to weave his way through the home defence before full-back Matty Russell profited from more soft defence and stand-off Chris Bridge, another former Bulls player, kicked his third conversion to make it 18-4.

The game looked to be well and truly over within a minute of the restart when Ratchford sent Myler on a clear run from 40 metres but the pass was ruled forward and Bradford took advantage of the let-off to briefly get back in the contest.

Bridge's pass meant for Ormbsy went to ground and Bulls left winger Luke George scooped up the pass to sprint 60 metres for an opportunist try, which Gale goaled.

That cut Warrington's lead to 18-10 but the deficit was back up to eight points six minutes later when Bradford's defence failed to regroup after throwing Myler back from the line and Bridge's cut-out pass enabled Ormsby to cross unopposed.

Substitute Simon Grix was denied a try for offside but the visitors cut loose in the final quarter as the Bulls fell apart.

Myler forced his way over from close range for his second try and Monaghan went over twice in seven minutes before loose forward Ben Currie got in on the act, wrapping up the scoring with his side's eighth try.

Bridge took his goal tally to seven from seven before finally missing the target with his eighth attempt.