Quarter-Final: Warrington v Wigan Rugby League: Challenge Cup


Quarter-Final: Warrington v Wigan

Mark Chapman introduces live coverage from the Halliwell Jones Stadium as defending champions Warrington take on Super League Grand Final winners Wigan.


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World, the excitement! -- oh, the Hello, welcome to Warrington for

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this weekend's Challenge Cup quarter-finals. Behind me is Oliver

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Cromwell, who arrived here during the English Civil War. His troops

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gathered on the historic border between Lancashire and Cheshire and

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defeated forces advancing from the north. But that will be like a tea

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party compared with today, because this afternoon, Wigan are intent on.

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It is one of the most eagerly anticipated games of Rugby League

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for years. There is a blow for Warrington this afternoon. League

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Riyaz, their playmaker and the winners -- and the winner of the

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trophy in the final is out. We can do this. Wigan arrive here looking

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to go back to their glory days at Wembley. No such worries for

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Michael Maguire's man with regards fitness. Tam -- Sam Tomkins, they

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inform player, might want to put his headphones back on.

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# Sam will tear you apart again! Warrington are the Challenge Cup

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kings at the moment. Victorious in 09/10 and going for three and a row

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this season. But Wigan are no mugs. After a barren few years they are

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back in the big time and they arrive here as Super League

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champions. They will want to be rid of this

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statistic, their last Wembley win was in 1995, the final one of that

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amazing run of eight. That was a run that captivated a

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teenage Michael Maguire back in Australia. He returns home at the

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end of the season wanting to have got his hands on the famous old

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trophy. It is a glorious July afternoon in

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Warrington. The Halliwell Jones is bathed in sunshine, the place is

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sold out and the fans are buzzing about. There is a real, great

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expectation here ahead of the Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter-

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final, but that man is particularly glum. A Lee Briers is out of the

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match. Welcome, we are pitch side here.

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This has pleased the former Wigan manager Brian Noble, because we are

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in front of the Wigan fans. Jonathan Davies, the former

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Warrington star, is a little bit more worried about our position. It

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more worried about our position. It is a sensational weekend of Rugby

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League. There are three matches tomorrow.

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That will be live on BBC Two from Jonathan, we will talk about the

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general excitement and how the place is buzzing in a moment, but

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there is a real blow for Warrington and their fans with no Lee Briers?

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He is primarily their main kicker, they will miss his kicking. Also

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his defensive play, his diversionary skills are great. They

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will miss him. Bridge is slightly inexperienced. How difficult is it

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when you lose one of your main them? Not ideal, but they have

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played without him recently for a number of games, and played pretty

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well. I just really, really think that it will not be to put it all.

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You need your best players, but they do not have him. -- I just

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think that it will not beat who put After beating Hull KR at the end of

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May, lacklustre Wigan began due with defeat to Catalans Dragons.

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The visitors were never in it and The visitors were never in it and

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went down 20-12. On a day of strange results after

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the international against the excels, they laboured to a draw at

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They bounced back immediately with a win at St Helens, which took them

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back to the top of the Super League table. They were outstanding in the

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first half. first half.

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Their defence limited Saints' chances in the second half.

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Up next was a convincing win over Huddersfield, before Pat Richards

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made the difference in a tense victory over Leeds. Three more wins

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have followed since then and the reigning champions are back at the

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top of the table. Jonathan, back on top and back in

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form? They did not have the greatest started the season? They

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have had a few odd results, shock defeats. This Wigan side has been

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the most consistent. But the Challenge Cup is a one-off game. I

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think the excitement... No one can pick a winner today. I think it is

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too close to call. They have plastered their dresser with former

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Wigan players, by the looks of it. Some sort of inspiration? If it is

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either that or Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt and George Clooney! It

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will be looking at what those people represent through the years,

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fabulous. Let's hear from the Wigan coach, Michael Maguire. It is his

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last chance to win the Challenge Cup before moving back to Australia.

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Everybody fit, healthy and raring to go? Yes. It is about the

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performance. Is Wigan buzzing? has been pretty crazy over last

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couple of months. It means a lot to everyone on the team, the players

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and the staff. We have had really good preparation over the last

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couple of months, we are looking forward to the opportunity.

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much does it mean to you? Everyone knows you are going home, what

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would it mean to get to Wembley? is about the team and about

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everyone. If we can progress today, hopefully we will have a good

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couple of weeks ahead. But I know you watched the Challenge Cup as a

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youngster, you would love that? Absolutely. And speaking to the

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players, lots of the young boys have watched the Challenge Cup over

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the years. It would mean a lot to everyone. Good luck. Thank you.

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What has Michael Maguire done since he took over Wigan? They looks

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stelae, they look for it. He has brought a discipline and a focus.

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He has let young men mature and grow up and deliver the trophy and

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the silverware that they were always ready to do. I thought they

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were on the cusp of being really good, and the focus that a new

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person brings has taken them to that level. They now have to look

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better placing him, which will be difficult. Shaun Wade has been

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linked, but nothing has been confirmed, he is the assistant.

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seems to be doing a good job. Wigan are such a big club, they can pour

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any one in. They will not rush, they can bring any one. It will be

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whether they do it from within or not. We are into the Warrington

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dressing room at the moment, no such pictures put up what was

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perhaps? -- no such pictures put up. What does that say? Some of them

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are just focusing on what will happen. It is a massive game, an

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incredible game. They may be ruthless but they are the great

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entertainers of Rugby League at the moment with points and dry galore.

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-- with points and it tries galore. In May, the signs were that the

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race for the Super League might be over, as Warrington completed the

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double over Leeds. Seven tries to one made the difference as they

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secured their first win at Headingley in seven years. There

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was a rude awakening when Salford came to town. Tony Smith used six

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players who had played for England the previous Friday, and it played

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-- it proved one game too many. Richie Myler's late try made at a

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frenetic end, but the home side's left it too late.

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This proved to be just a temporary setback, as Warrington have won

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their last five matches, including this one over St Helens, a first

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win against their local rivals since 2001.

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Warrington were without Morley and Lee Briers against Huddersfield,

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but a later Louis Anderson try was enough.

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Their most recent win at Harlequins saw them move within one point of

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the league leaders, and today's the top two, and the best defence,

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Wigan, Against the best attack, Tony Smith, without Lee Briers and

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Ben Harrison, how big a blow is that? A little bit. We have trained

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without them through most of the week, they have not been able to

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train, but we are still OK about our team. Always good to have both

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those players in our squad, but we are not really focusing on who is

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not in, we are focusing on who is in and what they can do. How have

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you reshuffled? They are all in there. Bridge will play. But we

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will have a couple of shifts within the game, a couple of people

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playing different roles. We will have to see. You have had a pretty

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straightforward passage to this stage, you could not have got a

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much tougher game than today? one, it should be a great game.

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Both teams are very good, they both like to play a lot of rugby and

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defend well. I think it will be the team who can take their chances on

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the day, that is crucial. It has the makings of a great game, but if

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you are going to progress in this competition you will probably have

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to beat Arab opponents today. That is our task, that is what we are

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setting out to do. Good luck. Thank you.

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Harrison, Adrian Morley, two of the players, with Lee Briers, who are

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missing today. I heard Darren Campbell talking about Usain Bolt

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on Five Live, he said he does not have a plan, he just runs. Do

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Warrington just play rugby? They have certain rules. They will have

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to look after the ball a bit better, but they played expensively. If

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they can make a fast pass, they will risk anything to play right

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across the field. They have a freakish ability to score points?

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They are superb, the execution and distribution is amazing, so

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clinical. When the chances come, they usually finish them. Let's

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find out more about the Warrington Am going to make sure that I do not

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get in anyone's way, because I have to play tomorrow and I don't want

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to get run over the top of! When I grow up, I just wanted to be just

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like these players, Michael Monaghan. He is being one of the

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most pivotal players in Super League as well as the Challenge Cup.

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Here they go to man, a half-back turned into a logo. He is so great

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because when he is carrying the ball, began pick the right man with

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the right call at the right pass at the right time. When he does carry

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the ball out, he will pick it up and move forward. Most who goes

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like to move sideways and get away from the defenders. But he will

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move forward, and one that does is bring his own forwards are flat so

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they have the advantage line, keeping the opposition on the back

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foot. Another great thing, when he gives them the ball out the back,

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it gives them the time and distance to play. That is what Warrington

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really needs. In Wigan are going to be successful, they need to control

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the speed of the play-the-ball and the DI jumping out. We will hear

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more from Robbie during the course of the afternoon. Normally that

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would be one of the hardest men in the stadium, but not as where rugby

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league is concerned. Roy Keane enjoys the support. Sam Tomkins is

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crucial for Wigan. He is on fire. He has got the X Factor. If Wigan

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are struggling, began interject at any time. They are in the tunnel

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mouth, the most exciting thing is that they like to hit teams heart

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in the first 20 minutes. They like to put teams away in the first

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trendy, and that will be crucial. It is too close to call. The

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defence could win the game. It is as noisy and anything, it is all

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been anticipating this with the kind of nervous tension that is

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normally reserved for the final itself. It is a fantastic

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atmosphere. England's current number one team against England's

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current number two, and you could spend all day arguing which is

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 56 seconds

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which. This is how they line up primrose and blue, the Warrington

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side kicking off. Two really traditional colours, two really

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traditional sides going head today -- head to head today. They can

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only be one. My word, it is going to take some sort out, John Kear.

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We expect Warrington to put in Great tackles against Wigan.

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Believe you me, Wigan can attack, Warrington can defend. This has got

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all the hallmarks of an absolutely said any opening drives from

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Wigan's point of view. Carrying it as far as they can and then kicking.

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the ball and carried it away. It will be a Taff restart and the 20

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metre mark. Quite windy. The wind predominantly is behind the Wigan

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Warriors. The Wolves have a 20 metre restart. In Challenge Cup

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terms, this is the old Empire meeting the new world. Wigan once

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owned this competition. Winning it was at an annual event, but it is

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16 years since their last won at the famous venue. Warrington have

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brought back the cup for the last two years running. They are the

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side in the ascendancy in this are, Mattie Blythe getting a bit of

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treatment. The wind is playing its backwards. It is a scramble. What

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does he give here? A knock-on against whom? The referee has given

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Henin thieves to Warrington! The knock-on was by Wigan. -- head and

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feed. The wind in the face of the Wolves players. It took it away

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from Sam Tomkins. That was the another head and feed for

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Leuluai play behind? I think he was in a great position there, he got

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it exactly right. It is a third consecutive Z Cars Six for the

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Wolves camp on the Wigan Warriors begins to Saxo early, because for a

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third consecutive time they have to survive. Warrington lost the

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opportunity. That is a defensive when, that one. Penalty against the

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Warrington Wolves. What a great defence from the Wigan Warriors on

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men in the tackle, and Michael Monaghan stripped the ball out, and

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it is a relief of the Wigan Warriors. Richards uses the wind,

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We will keep going on about it, it is going to be a factor today! It

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seems to me that it is behind Wigan's backs at the moment.

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Whether that is in our favour, we A nervous start from the Wigan

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Warriors. Good shape and structure, but the pass from the 10th could

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grasp the ball, and that has left the Wolves of again. There was an

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element of nervousness in Wigan. down, that is what Wigan will be

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looking to do, slowing Warrington of a head of steam. In their own

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half, they kick downfield. Charnley Wolves. Very impressed with the

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Wigan defences said. There was great fogeys in their defence,

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great speed of the line, and that there. Two tackles and taking place

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wasn't it? This certainly was a good defensive effort from Paul

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Deacon. Both teams are finding it very difficult to generate going

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forward. That might be the get-out clause. The referee penalises Wigan

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for holding down that fraction too long. A bit too long in the tackle,

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that has given the Wolves a good attacking opportunity.

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Melbourne connection penalised. They both arrived at the start of

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they're going to test them here. the runners. Sam Tomkins watches it

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out of play. The referee is not sure if there is a Wigan touch here.

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He wants to know whether this is a drop out. There was no push? And no

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kick from Myler. Plenty of work off commanded Tomkins play the ball

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while it was in a field of play? King did not, I think it game off

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at Tomkins. It is tap 20. Matt King played the ball the last, so it is

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a tap 20 from the Wigan Warriors, and they will be mightily relieved

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at that. It was the right decision, wasn't it? Full marks to the

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referee for going to the big screen. Any time the ball goes out of play,

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they can go for clarification. It used to be just for try-scoring,

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but any time the ball goes dead, they can find out what the restart

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the wind is blowing strongly as support on the inside! It is going

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to be a first try for Hansen! He just about got there, but the

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Warrington defence had pulled up. The Wigan fans are reaching for the

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skies! What a magnificent try that was by Harrison Hansen, but I just

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loves the build up, I loved the shape of this Wigan attacking

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structure. It went from vivid to vivid, then to the hooker, acting

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as a third vivid. He just jumped the line a little bit too much and

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gave Leuluai that little half gap. My word, did he go through! That is

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four points, what a magnificent try that was. So well structured and so

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well executed. Great composure under pressure from Thomas Leuluai,

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a good support from the big second row Harrison Hansen, who grounds

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the ball for a very, very, very almost 10 minutes played, Wigan

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find themselves with a 6-0 lead. And they deserved it. Brilliantly

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executed. They created the gap, so well furnished for the Wigan team,

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who were absolutely plowing through in support. And did and it mean a

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lot for them to get those first points? -- and it didn't it mean a

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blink of an eye, Wigan have two scores. Sam Tomkins, juniors. --

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genius. What a try that was. My word, what a try from Sam Tomkins.

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It was absolutely sensational. The ball just cleared the 10 metres.

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Warrington almost regained it, but then Tomkins sees fit. If you don't

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get Simon Cowell looking for the X- factor, just look for Sam Tomkins!

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He has got it by the bucket load. the lead by a 12-0. Here is a

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superstar of the modern era, Sam Tomkins. His brother Joel Tomkins

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tidied it up to start with. Sam Tomkins came up with the winner.

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against Warrington last year, everybody expected it to be a tough

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game, Warrington destroyed Wigan Warriors, a fantastic start?

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Yes. We just want to know we have matched them. And a cracking

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atmosphere? Yes. Thank you very Isner? -- what to do Warrington

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need to do, John? Just settle down coach is looking a little bit

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frustrated. That was defensively superb. Joel Tomkins was totally in

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control. There coalition and contact allow them to take Matt

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King over the sideline. -- that an effort for himself. -- young

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 56 seconds

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One of the best fullbacks around, Brett Hodgson, that was completely

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write a few wrongs today. He is a young man learning his way in the

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wants another look. Make sure he wasn't grounding here, that is the

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question. But that is the only thing that will save Warrington

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from this. Warrington were billed as the

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entertainers, but what a great job Wigan are doing. The referee want

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to identify whether he was tackled. He was. We need to see if he was

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reacts well. It is a half tackle, he hits the ground but he is not in

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contact with Carmont. Carmont has every right to play on, and he does.

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He is three, Dave. That cannot be classed as a tackle, that has to be

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given as a legitimate offload, then I feel it will be a try. I imagine

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that the video referee concurs. third dry all ready for Wigan, 16-0,

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what a start they are making. -- for Richards. Warrington are being

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pulled apart. Wigan have played superbly, dominating possession of.

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-- dominating possession. They will be wondering how they can fix it.

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18 points is difficult to claw back against Wigan, because they can

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defend really well. Robbie Paul is on the touchline, what have you

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made of this? Surprised, but very pleased that Wigan are playing this

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type of rugby. They are not afraid to throw the ball around. Every

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single player is ready and in full sunny it would favour Warrington

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because of their ball-handling skills, but Wigan have ripped that

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defending very, very well. Warrington had not conceded a

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single point before this game. They are conceding a point a minute so

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of relief. You took the words out of my mouth! Warrington Wolves

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have had significantly more Warrington have had to make 11

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referee says it was, and that was a their defending. They have had no

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been to Wigan, and the territories are reflecting that. David Solomona

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is on the field for Warrington. If you didn't watch Rugby League, you

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would wonder what he is doing on a sporting field, because he does not

:42:46.:42:56.
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look the part. But he is one of the to bounce, but Richards knocked it

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It really put Joel Monaghan under pressure. They will be happy to get

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some respite and stoppage in the game, get oxygen back in the lungs.

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was a slip by one of those defenders, I think it was Richie

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Harrison Hansen looking to create a Fantastic hands on the left-hand

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side, and Wigan in the absolute ascendancy. Warrington simply have

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no answer for this. Well, at the elite level of sport, you look at

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execution and decision-making, and that was soon further from the

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Wigan Warriors. They decided to run it on the last tackle from Paul

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Deacon. Look at how Sam Tomkins links in. Look at that pass through

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Richards, it almost went in and out without stopping. Carvell to

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Richards, Richards just get so the right by the sideline. What grates

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Gill, what great execution, great decision-making, magnificent try! -

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- What great skill. Well, this is absolutely astonishing, it really

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is. Adrian Morley can only watch from the sidelines and he is

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wondering what is happening to his has his fourth conversion attempt

:45:46.:45:56.
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bustle, but he has not found the target this time, but it is still

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22-0 Wigan lead, and not many would have given you that scoreline at

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this stage of the game. They certainly were not, but it has been

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a breathtaking performance from Wigan. The only mistake has been

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part riches missing that kick, because they have been absolutely

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sensational. -- Pat Richards. It is now about giving their heads down

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and working hard, because if they do that, this game is theirs.

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already you get a feeling that Warrington need to score next.

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Tanya is on the touchline. I have got Ben Harrison with me. A shell-

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shocked feel around his bench. What your guys need to do? Obviously a

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very disappointing start for us. Wigan have completely dominated the

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ruck, getting a quick play-the-ball every time. They are holding us up

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in defence. That is an area where we need to switch on and take

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advantage. Try to turn it around. Have you been surprised by the way

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Wigan are playing? They are playing your game, entertaining. They are

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performing very well. We are making them look even better than they are.

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There is nothing that they have done that we were not expecting or

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was not in our game plan to counteract, but we are not sticking

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to our game plan, which is obviously putting us in some

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trouble. Thanks for a time. worries. Not playing today, Ben

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Harrison. He is actually a law student, he needs to make a case

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for this Warrington defence as quickly as possible! They are

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running tries in for fun at the moment. They need to get some

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possession at the moment. They need a run of possession to attend to

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years of age next Monday. He seems to have clocked around quite

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response starts from here. Just as Wigan executed a stunning display

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for the last try, so Warrington have produced something similar to

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get Matt King over in the corner and give them a glimmer of a home

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here. That is a magnificent for past, isn't it first to drive it

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came from the penalty that gave them field position. That is the

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6th pair of hands, Matt King, before the crosses by the sideline.

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All the passing was purposeful. Kain did really well, taking the

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ball to the line. -- King. The created space to finish so well.

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That is just the playing of hope that the Wolves needed. They just

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need to settle down, attend to pose another score, and then they are in

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colours last year, a couple of behind, hoping to blow this ball

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over, but it was a poor kick. I think he slipped as he came to kick

:49:54.:50:04.
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touch, by the way? Matt King was very, very close. That is a try, a

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great piece of work. His foot is in the air, and his knee is on the

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ground. Ben has no problem whatsoever with that. -- there is

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put Hodgson's head in a spin, but they got away with it somehow.

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Grade restart, very difficult, you can see the post, and he gives the

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ball plenty of time, it spirals and drops when the crossbar and post is,

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very difficult to take. He was not for Warrington. They have got to

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start shipping points in as score another try, and then we have got

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from the Wolves, but they have not got the speed of line that the

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Wigan Warriors are generating. Keane is watching with interest. So

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many top sportsmen look with tremendous respect on his board.

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Graham Swann was treating, describing Warrington as the

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Barcelona of rugby league. -- tweeting. They are being outplayed

:51:51.:52:01.
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think that was a drop goal attempt, but it disappears under the Six. --

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Tomkins. Robbie Hunter-Paul. One of the things that they have got to do

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is give the ball away from Wigan. Wigan are marching them all weigh

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up the field. Warrington have shown that when they hit the ball and get

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themselves and complete their sets, support! Myler is over, Warrington

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Wolves! Once they were in retreat, but the battle is rejoined, and the

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game is well and truly on now. that was absolutely vital, and you

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can see that the crowd has come alive, Tony Smith has come alive,

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and his team has come alive now. That was a quality try once again.

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Very narrow short side, superbly by Hodge and creating the space for

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King, and support play, the master an excellent try. That space was

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created in 115 metres short side. That is ill, that really is

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outstanding skill. It shows the pace of Myler, because he left the

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Wigan chasers for dead to make it an easier pass for King to make.

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Bosh than looking to put Warrington into double figures. -- Osh son. --

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Hodgson. Again, the kick is not as short as he would of liked, but he

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have got a game on, my word, and this stadium is bouncing. Richards

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with one of those restarts, this time it is high and it spirals. It

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begs the question, are you going to High tackle, I believe. He was

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certainly in amongst it. All of a sudden, possession is starting to

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even up as well. It really is. It has gone from being completely

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dominated by Wigan, still 6040, really. -- 60-40. That reflects the

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scoreline. Tanya has a news. Steve Hansen, one of the Wigan coaches,

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is telling them to tighten up down the right-hand side. I think we

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could have told them that, couldn't we?! Cooper looking down the middle.

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If Warrington score again before half-time, suddenly you would fancy

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them to go on and do something pushing forward. It is amazing how

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often and how quickly a game of putting it out of play. What a

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recovery. Magnificent defence, because that was good attacking

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play from Warrington that created space for Matkin. But look at this

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scrambled defence. There is Deacon, 3, four, five, six players have

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appeared from nowhere. Absolutely sensational scrambling defence.

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Great work from Warrington to create that space, but what desire

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and commitment from the Wigan Warriors to get across. He saw the

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line, and then his cherry and white curtain fell. There was simply no

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way through. Wigan can begin from deep to steady the ship again. That

:57:09.:57:19.
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have only got one tackle left. Magnificent hands! Fantastic, but

:57:53.:58:03.
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they tried a miracle too far. this, breathtaking, you just cannot

:58:08.:58:13.

catch your breath! It is absolutely sensational work. Warrington now

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playing from their own 20. audacity of that offload by Mattie

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Myler is up with them, here is Myler! Clear running for another

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Warrington try! They were dead and buried, but the resurrection is

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very nearly complete! Three tries and said! And suddenly the path to

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Wembley is looking player again. Unless Wigan can stop this charge.

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This is a magnificent cup tie. It is almost of epic proportions. Look

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at that, the real Wigan players around the ruck, maul and has seen

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it, he has got the front foot, he breaks the line. Myler once again

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is on his shoulder, and, as you say, he has got pace to Byrne and he has

:59:17.:59:26.
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of pushing around the ball. His decision-making was superb. They

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great finish again from Richie Myler. How he is maturing.

:59:38.:59:44.

Sensational. But, to be fair, that is what we expected. But probably

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not the way it is planning out here. We always knew it would be a

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classic game, these are two very games so far. -- Brett Hodgson, his

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best kick of the game so far. What a game. This is magnificent. But

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look at the support play from Warrington. Inside, outside, and

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they pick the right man, Richie Myler, to finish. On the bench, all

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they can do is rubber their chins and wonder what is going on. They

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were not smiling around 10 minutes ago. They were thinking their

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up shop? It would not be like them, seconds remaining, the last play of

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this half. Somewhere in all that cacophony, though the tie has

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sounded to end what has been an absolutely extraordinary half of

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Rugby League. There is another 40 minutes to come. Warrington 16,

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Wigan 22, but the scoreline barely What a first half of Rugby League.

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I am not sure anybody here wanted that to end. The noise is immense.

:02:41.:02:46.

It is bouncing through the studio. Staff Brown has got in touch and we

:02:46.:02:52.

do, I have goose bumps about the atmosphere at Halliwell Jones. --

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has got in touch on Twitter. Wigan went 22-0 up at one stage,

:03:04.:03:08.

Warrington have fought back. A Matt King has been absolutely

:03:08.:03:16.

instrumental, and two tries for Richie Myler. I have no idea how we

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will fit all of that in during half-time. Just in case we don't,

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There has to be more to come! Robbie and Tanya are on the

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touchline. What a half and what an atmosphere

:03:43.:03:51.

down here. Robbie, some that up for me? What a game! The first 25

:03:51.:03:54.

minutes, Wigan came on and played the type of rugby that Warrington

:03:54.:03:59.

play, but in the last 15 minutes, Warrington showed exactly what they

:03:59.:04:03.

can do and blew the game apart, they opened the game and started

:04:03.:04:08.

passing the ball from left to right and got back into the game. After

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25 minutes, I thought it was all over. How keen were Warrington?

:04:17.:04:20.

think one of the things they had to do was to start to get off the ball,

:04:20.:04:24.

because every time Wigan got a quick player Oren offload, every

:04:24.:04:29.

single one of their players was ready to go. Every time they made a

:04:29.:04:35.

half-break they had three or four players. I was feeling a little bit

:04:35.:04:39.

sorry for Paul Hodgson. This is exactly what we want to see from

:04:39.:04:44.

Warrington, some good points, setting up players and getting

:04:44.:04:48.

points on the ball. I thought there would be more defence today, but it

:04:48.:04:52.

has been more offensive. Can they keep going like this in the second

:04:52.:04:57.

half? Both teams will have to keep going like this. They have blown

:04:57.:05:01.

the game open. They will possibly play a bit more reserved for the

:05:01.:05:08.

first opening time, trying to keep the statistics. But I think Wigan

:05:08.:05:13.

will go for it and it will be a really high point-scoring game.

:05:13.:05:16.

really high point-scoring game. Let's take a look at some of these

:05:16.:05:23.

statistics from the first half. At one stage, Wigan were up around 60%

:05:23.:05:28.

in put out -- possession and territory, that was around 25

:05:28.:05:34.

minutes. Wigan have only missed one tackle, on Richie Myler's first

:05:34.:05:39.

drive. The tackle completion is so high, and there have been seven

:05:39.:05:46.

tries. It shows what an amazing first half, offensively, it was.

:05:46.:05:50.

What is being said in the Wigan dressing room? I think they are

:05:50.:05:54.

trying to recover. The last 15 minutes from Warrington, they took

:05:54.:05:58.

the momentum into the second half the momentum into the second half

:05:58.:06:01.

and I reckon they are shell-shocked. They have to stabilise everything.

:06:01.:06:05.

If we concentrate on what we did in the first 25, being physically

:06:05.:06:10.

dominant, winning the ruck and playing how we want to, then

:06:10.:06:14.

Warrington said, we don't care, we will throw the ball, break the game

:06:14.:06:20.

open, get penalties and momentum. You said the first 25 minutes was

:06:20.:06:25.

the best display you have seen? Definitely. You can't keep this up,

:06:25.:06:30.

I said. Wigan physically dominated Warrington, that is why they

:06:30.:06:38.

couldn't cope defensively. Once Wigan became tired, Warrington came

:06:38.:06:43.

back into it and they started offloading. The arm wrestle was

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physical in the first 25 minutes, then they were tired. It was an

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amazing first half. You can see how physical they were right at the

:06:53.:06:57.

start. They had three set to defend on their own line and they were

:06:57.:07:02.

immense. They never looked like conceding a try. They were

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physically dominant. Liu Wei was underneath, three people laugh. --

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Thomas Leuluai was underneath three people. They were physically

:07:23.:07:26.

people. They were physically dominant around the ruck. When both

:07:26.:07:31.

teams are winning in the ruck area, the little bit where they play the

:07:31.:07:37.

ball... It is interesting, the little dummy run. They Ramos in,

:07:37.:07:44.

held the inside runners, but a Richie Myler did not know what to

:07:44.:07:50.

do. Thomas Leuluai got on the outside. Brilliant player and a

:07:50.:07:56.

great finish. Is Richie Myler in a loose lose situation? He should

:07:56.:08:06.
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hold the line. Should he go early or blocked jaw Thompson and -- Joel

:08:06.:08:13.

Tomkins? He did neither. We have seven tries to try to get through.

:08:14.:08:17.

The second one was a bit of individual brilliance that followed

:08:17.:08:27.
:08:27.:08:29.

Man how might have dove on that ball, but Joel Tomkins cleaned up

:08:29.:08:39.
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the mess. Monaghan could not get their. This was fabulous, fabulous.

:08:43.:08:50.

You were not going to catch him, what a fabulous finish. The two

:08:50.:08:54.

Warrington wing men are flat. Once he breaks and get some Brett

:08:54.:09:03.

Hodgson, it was a magnificent try. -- and gets on Brett Hodgson.

:09:03.:09:09.

is always a difference of opinion, John Kea called this straight away

:09:09.:09:16.

as a try, Jonathan, you were less sure? Only the video referee can

:09:16.:09:23.

call it. It was not clear. It was play on, it is just a missed tackle,

:09:23.:09:31.

one-on-one, a missed tackle. Coley showed great pace, a good finish.

:09:31.:09:35.

Jonathan is calling the video referee to be a Warrington fan!

:09:35.:09:41.

That was never going to be a try. You are not meant to give the

:09:41.:09:48.

secrets away! Speaking of pace, not the pace off

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feet but of hands for the 4th Wigan try. Amazing skill. Tomkins came in,

:09:55.:10:05.

amazing. That is as good a rugby try as you will see anywhere.

:10:05.:10:09.

People will say Monaghan should have come in more quickly, but at

:10:09.:10:17.

the skill of Carmont it just did him. Was that a better try than

:10:17.:10:24.

Tomkins' try? Tomkins would not think so! Tomkins will be ringing

:10:24.:10:33.

his mum and saying, can you text and say mine was the best?

:10:33.:10:37.

Tomkins' family can tweet, or they can e-mail!

:10:37.:10:42.

Let's move on to Warrington, Matt King has been influential? He has

:10:42.:10:51.

been amazing. His defence and were great were incredible. -- his

:10:51.:10:59.

defence and work rate. One thing this man can do is finish. This is

:11:00.:11:04.

an international winger. What he can do is finish. But his defensive

:11:04.:11:09.

work and taking the ball up, I thought, brought Warrington back

:11:09.:11:13.

into the game. We mentioned the forward was slightly shell-shocked

:11:13.:11:18.

and got a slight battering. Matt King made the difference, he was

:11:18.:11:23.

awesome. Sometimes just one player can turn your fortunes around, the

:11:23.:11:30.

bloke who decides to roll their the momentum of the game. Matt King

:11:30.:11:35.

has been that man this match. Only four times this season Richie

:11:35.:11:40.

Myler has failed to cross the line. You can see why. That was brilliant

:11:40.:11:49.

play by Brett Hodgson. He reminds me a lot of Edwards, in support.

:11:49.:11:54.

Brett Hodgson has had a bit of a shocker. He sucked in the winger,

:11:54.:12:04.
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freed this man. He can sense and he knows that Richie Myler or Ryan

:12:05.:12:08.

Atkins should be with him. can't coach that positional

:12:08.:12:13.

awareness? You can do practise. A good friend of mine said that Rugby

:12:13.:12:18.

League is about tackling and backing up, and Richie Myler

:12:18.:12:21.

epitomises that. You have to anticipate and work out the

:12:21.:12:26.

quickest dangle you can get to a breakdown. You have to expect them

:12:26.:12:32.

to nick the ball, and when they do they catch the ball. But he is

:12:32.:12:37.

going to make the break, Myler said he was going to make a break, and

:12:37.:12:46.

he was Xu Ming to get their. Monaghan, as Robbie Paul said, this

:12:46.:12:52.

guy will always do something. Holding his run, not over running

:12:52.:12:56.

as a support player, just waiting for the opportunity. He is watching

:12:56.:13:02.

and watching, he has not overrun, he is waiting for the winger, and

:13:02.:13:06.

he scores. Charnley did well to come across, but when you have two

:13:06.:13:11.

good players you should always score. It has been a phenomenal

:13:11.:13:17.

first half's otherwise. The pace has been amazing. -- it has been a

:13:17.:13:22.

phenomenal first half, skill wise. Let's hope the second half is the

:13:22.:13:26.

same as the first. This is only the first part of a double-header on

:13:26.:13:33.

the BBC, let's hope tomorrow is as good as today. It is Hull against

:13:33.:13:38.

Leeds tomorrow, a re- run of the 2005 final, which John Kea in our

:13:38.:13:48.
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commentary box will need no This is not only the Challenge Cup

:13:49.:13:57.

that we have to look forward to in 2011. The biggest and best, Wembley

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 56 seconds

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Wembley once again, the ideal venue. Rugby League back at Wembley as

:14:48.:14:53.

part of the Four Nations. You'll be able to see coverage on the BBC.

:14:53.:14:59.

New Zealand and Wales are the other teams involved. That gets under way

:14:59.:15:02.

on October 29th. 3rd November there is the England versus Australia

:15:02.:15:08.

game. Adrian Morley will hope to feature in that, he is outside with

:15:08.:15:12.

tiny up. He has just come out of the Warrington dressing room. What

:15:12.:15:18.

is being said in there? We are a bit of a roll at the moment. If you

:15:18.:15:22.

add give us that scoreline at that 20 minutes, we would have taken it.

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We have just got to keep on with it. If we can use the sun and wind to

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our advantage, hopefully there are a few more points in it.

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Disappointed with the first 20, but the second 20 was pretty good. We

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need to keep on with it. After the first 25, did you think, it is

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gone? Yeah, it did not look great. All the momentum was with Wigan.

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Our boys looked tired, making uncharacteristic errors. But

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thankfully they rallied and we had given ourselves a chance, so it is

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all to play for. What has Tony Smith told them to do? Just keep

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going as we were. The second 20 minutes was a very good. Just need

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to keep going with that. Hopefully there is a few more points and we

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will get the result. Thank you for by the reaction of the fans.

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Warrington are just out as well, congregating by the Tunnel, won

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last that talk before they take to the field. Fingers crossed for a

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second half just like the first in the company of John Kear and Dave

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first half, wasn't it? And a statement of the year? And just a

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matter of a darkened room after a good lie down, I am ready for the

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next 40! It has been fantastic. A text message from a mate who said,

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I'm supposed to be going to a barbecue, but I will go hungry, I

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am not missing this! 40 more minutes to go, and it looked at

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though it was done and dusted half an hour ago. Anything but now. 16

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points for Warrington, Wigan 22. If you're just joined us, Wigan were

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winning 22-0 after an electrifying start, but Warrington have come

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bouncing back into it, and this is the cup-tie and a little bit more

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that we expected. Solomona, the man Yes, the intent is there for all to

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see, Solomona struggling with the come. Pat Richards dropped that,

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but don't blame him, it took a wicked deflection, a real swerve in

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the air at the last minute as it came down. That is a great kick,

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though, isn't it? They were deep into the Wigan half, they put up a

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contested kick, and Pat Richards will be intensely disappointed.

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That is a big error, that one, because 20 metres from your own

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line. It means that Warrington have possession here, six tackles to

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outstanding in the Warrington recovery. Pointing and

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gesticulating, telling his troops were they need to be. My life,

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Bridge, Solomona goes over! Has he got it down? I think the referee

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might take a second opinion. No, he has pointed the finger! He is

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convinced that Solomona has touched it down, and when they kick to come,

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Warrington have very nearly hit parity again. They have continued

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with the momentum. That was a great first set, forcing the error. What

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a charge from the big fella. You certainly were not going to stop

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him. It all came from Pat Richards, a very high kick, putting the

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five metres from your own line. You just cannot. Look how well he

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did grounded, Dave, worry not, that is a try. It is on the scoreboard.

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A big game here now for Brett Hodgson, because if you put this

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over, extraordinarily, it is 22-22. behind the line, watching and

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waiting. They must be wondering what on earth is this wild wind

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which has been blowing in their direction when they thought they

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had the game. He has missed it. It is 22-20, and there is a long, long

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way to go. There it is, clear for all to say, he grounds the ball,

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and that is why those fans are has happened today! It happened

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just before the Sam Tomkins try Richards users. It has fallen over

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again. He uses that to get the elevation. Look how he plays with

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the ball as well. He does not take it in the orthodox way. It will

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was high! Andy Coley caught him. I know we have got a lot of people

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watching in Australia, and in fairness that was like the tackle

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when he was dragged into touch like a rag doll. He takes a lot of heavy

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not like that. He does not look like a rugby league player, but my

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word, he is, and we have got a would not have guessed that half an

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here. That will be a shame for the Wolves, because Solomona's

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introduction, the game swung with the momentum. He has banged his

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head on the ground as he has hit the ground. That is what has

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happened. I think it is a nave. -- neat. You see how the knees were

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brought together. It is shoulder that one again, that tackle. There

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has been a bit of a question mark hanging over Wigan's tackling at

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times, hasn't there? They try to keep their legs together, but with

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a big man like Solomona, they have tried to get the shoulder in. It

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was Andy Coley. That is not third- man, he is legitimately allowed to

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bring him down. There is nothing wrong with that. No, no. But he has

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in the pack. Lee Briers also absence today. It looks like

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Solomona may have played his last as well. That is a big shame for

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the Wolves, because when he was introduced, that coincided with the

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momentum changed, and he obviously scored that class try. He has been

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very important for the Warrington Wolves and he will be a big mess on

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guard good shoulder contact underneath, but it was an illegal

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tackle. -- he got. It took him past the vertical. But there was no

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Tomkins is going backwards by a Yes, they've and Solomona taken

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straight to the dressing room with a twisted knee, extremely doubtful

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that he will be back out. -- David. As John was saying, that is a blow

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for Warrington, a boost for Wigan. Some good hits going in at the

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moment. Yes, you feel that Wigan have just got their way back into

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the game a little. The momentum was with Warrington, but that break in

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play with Solomona has allowed Wigan to gain some composure. It is

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still anybody's game, Dave. by Sam Tomkins. The almost found a

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in as Tomkins was picking himself up. Great take, wasn't it? I just

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love the way that when Tomkins carries the ball, even when he is

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tackled, he is competitive and once to get off the floor quicker than

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the tackler. Everything about this kid is a competition, and that is

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why he is such a good player. was a 13-year-old fan understands

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the last time that Wigan were in a Challenge Cup final. -- in the

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stands. If somebody had told that 13-year-old he would be a star in a

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sign that was hoping to get back to Wembley, he would have taken that,

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is in at the corner, and Pat Richards touches down for his

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second of the game. And Wigan have come back off the ropes, and they

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contest, isn't it? Midges scores so many important tries, and he has

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come up with another. -- Richard. A lovely little pass to finish on the

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run around, calm and there is a great job as a centre. We spoke

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earlier about his hands, the quick hands, in and out to riches. This

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is a different type of centre play to create an opportunity, but that

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was proof falls, shrugging off micro a defender, and then a good

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off loading collision to create space for a very good drive from

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the goal-kicking machine that is and a chance to put some daylight

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between themselves and Warrington. Tony Smith, the man on the other

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side. Added complications. If Richard kicks this, eight points

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the difference. It is a psychological battle again,

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Warrington will have to score twice Warrington, 28-4 Wigan. Michael

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Maguire knew that was a vital kick. The kick afterwards is important

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because that has given Wigan the inspirational moment or two.

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Michael McIlorum has a nasty cut on his head. They are struggling to

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have to get it patched-up properly. Or changed. The grace obviously has

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for my Kong law on. -- for Michael went out, so I think it will be a

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drop out underneath the sticks. think it will be a penalty. He did

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a great job reading the kick. referee is asking the question.

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can argue he was challenging but, for me, he was going for the ball.

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You can't attack a defending player in the year at -- in the air. Had

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it been the other way around, he would have been OK. Penalty for

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the referee, he has been a very composed, calm and rational in his

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game was all about momentum. I believe the team that will win will

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Millward, is working for BBC radio wind was behind them. He had a bit

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of competition on the floor, Brett Hodgson. I think it was Carmont or

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Hoffman. They just held him down for that bit too long. The

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penalties are pretty even Stevens. highest calibre. His hands could

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It was Ryan Atkins. He just played it with his foot. The last time the

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Wigan Warriors had a penalty in such a position, they came up with

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- it is just bounced away. What an attempt by Matt King, but it was

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inches away. My word, that was a But I think the trade that -- chase

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back from Sean O'Loughlin saved the points. Phenomenal work by him.

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soon as Monaghan got the ball, you thought try, but suddenly they both

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got across. Great work by the loose forward. Monaghan perhaps felt they

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could have made more of the by the way! He almost got cleared

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trademark play from pick -- from Finch to Hoffman. They have done

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that ever since their Melbourne absolutely sensational try!

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Warrington have no right to keep that a live, but somehow they did.

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He has pulled Warrington very close again. Typical Warrington.

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wonder the mascot was celebrating. Matt King is an international wing

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are some class. -- and the goal line for a greater try.

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But just look at Westwood. Several players all tried to get him, but

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there it came, and there was the finish. A great offload from Ben

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Westwood. Absolutely great class -- First Class. Pearce celebrates his

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birthday on Monday, I think his team-mates should be buying him a

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likes of Ben Westwood often go still remains that a try and a goal

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would put Warrington ahead. Three men in the tackle. It looked as if

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Westwood was wrapped up, then he just popped the ball out to Brett

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anybody's game. Another of those kick-off specials from Richards

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which was caught in the wind. Advantage, Wigan.

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Richards is worth his weight in gold to the Wigan team. That was a

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really difficult kick-off. He puts difficult kick-offs into field, he

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makes great defensive work, he scores a try is and kicks, and he

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has put in Brett Hodgson under pressure. -- he is putting Brett

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have the gap again, if the video referee likes it. They are looking

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for the challenge. Three questions. I don't think there is anything

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wrong with the grounding, but we might as well look. I liked the

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kick. It was a great kick. A short kick, a reasonably high. Some real,

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clever kicking. I think they are all onside. That his question one,

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I believe. Question two, the challenge. All eyes are on the ball.

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Joel Tomkins knocks it back. That will need another looking at, I

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believe. Paul Deakin really played well at the end it just to release

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Charnley. But that is the question which is up in the air initially.

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He knocks it backwards. Them for words. Oh, my word! For them -- for

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me, I would give that as a try. He pushed it back to Paul Deacon. I

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like his composure. Question three, he has grounded it. It can't knock-

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on, because it did not hit anybody. It is an affirmative in Wigan's

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favour, so they keep themselves just their head in this long-

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beginning to close, and Warrington, for all their efforts, just cannot

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keep up. It came from that kick of which gained them field position.

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Who is to say that Pat Richards, who engineered that field position,

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will not nail this as well? It is a vital, vital, vital kick. This will

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make it 42... Warrington will have to score twice and Kate two goals

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to take the lead. Richards has put it wide. It remains an eight-point

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difference. They still have to score twice, Warrington, but only

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convert one of those tries to take the lead. That is a clever kick

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from Finch. He made King come in the field to claim it. That allowed

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Tomkins to knock the ball back. Really clever play from Brent Finch

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and a pretty good finish from Josh Charnley. He is a player worth

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watching, Josh Charnley, a big future ahead of him. He's only 20,

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isn't he? He has been phenomenal minutes to go, eight points is the

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difference. When we finish, the red against Leeds Rhinos at 3:15pm at

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Warrington do the work. Make them bring it back from here. How do

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wind and bring it back? Maybe Chris Riley has an idea. Can you get this

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back? Is the confidence of there? In the first half we was down in

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the dance, but we called it right back. There is still a lot of time

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to go, we can get a few points on the board. They just keep edging

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ahead. They keep their tails and front. They are very confident, I

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am sure we can get right back in this game. How are the nurse?

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up and down in the seat. The last heave pulling me up and putting me

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down, pretty exciting. Enjoy the next quarter of an hour. I am sure

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there are a few cities around the country would have been up and down

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as people get excited about the game. Good hands from life. --

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Blythe. That is a good chase, Dave, an outstanding chase. He has lost

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it! It went backwards. Charlie has picked it up and seen a gap! --

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Charnley. He sidestepped Hodgson's superbly. What a try this is going

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to be! Atkins could not get there, it is a match-winner, and

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absolutely magical, marvellous moment from Josh Charnley. The

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video referee is being called for. All of that initial jump, never

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mind the quality of the finish, was there something wrong in Tomkins

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dropping the ball? We will have to look at that, but what a finish. It

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was a great chase. It was a good kick at a great chase, and it is

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how the ball comes free. Visit a penalty or a try? Drive. It is a

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steel, anyway, isn't it? Advantage, this will be a try. As long as the

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pick up was clean. The pick up was a OK, I will tell you. The evasion

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was first class, but these beading was outstanding! -- these beat.

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Look at that rate composure from and I think that, with Richard'

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conversion, may well sealed the game, and I think Charnley knows

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that from his reaction. -- Richards. Here comes the decision. Here comes

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the decision. The big screen will tell us, it is a try for Josh

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Charnley! And surely it is the match for Wigan. And what a way to

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win a Challenge Cup tie like this. Phenomenal try, that, that was a

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great individual efforts there, out of nothing. It was a solid chase

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from the Warrington Wolves, the ball came free, and what a finish.

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This is to make it 14 points, the difference. This could mean the

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game, Dave. Final a few Wigan fans will have got in in their hearts. -

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- I know. The Challenge Cup final against Warrington back in 1985, a

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certain John Ferguson's got a try of absolute quality, and I will

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tell you, is try in a quarter-final in 2011 is right up there. I love

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how he beats Hodgson, beautiful right faster! He looks around. He

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says, I have got these days in front of me, I have got the pace,

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and although Atkins was chasing, it was forlorn. He knows exactly what

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that means. That may well mean semi-final football for the

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Warriors. Well, here we go, Warrington have done it once. Have

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they got time to do it again? 13 minutes left to play. They have to

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score three times. I will tell you what, you would not say it is

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impossible, the way this game has Joel Monaghan had no right to get

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there, but I think he might have got the touchdown. This is

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unbelievable, this game is unbelievable. He does not know. It

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is a bit of ingenuity for the little brother kick behind Richards

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for Joel Monaghan to chase, and he committed himself fully, but I

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think his body language gives you the answer. He is certainly onside,

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palms it's dead. That will be the big one, it will be the restart.

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Visit a drop out under the posts? I think that could be Richards. So it

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is not a try, it is how we restart the game. I think it is Richards

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that put that ball dead. He can add that to his all-round performance,

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now have the game is restarted. me, that is Richards that has made

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it there. If that his case, it is a drop out under the posts. He has

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made his decision. No try, we knew that, goal line drop out. It was

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Pat Richards. He got the final touch. But a good effort by Joel

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take something absolutely astonishing now for Warrington to

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pull this one out. They did produce something very close to absolutely

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astonishing in the first half. Guinness try, one tie creates dance,

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but a knock-on like this does not help. -- in this type, one try to

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create Dowds. Paul Wood was very disappointed, the first tackle...

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It is very tight, the contact in Ayr. That has forced the air. --

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Dave, it has been absolutely first class. Tomkins still posing a

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themselves up, but the referee said there was nothing wrong with it. --

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Lee Mill. I do not know whether read Hodge and would agree with

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that. -- Brett Osh and. It was high, around the neck. I think that is a

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mistake. He has not made many this the Halliwell Jones Stadium, the

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shadows lengthening on Warrington's hopes of a Wembley return. They won

:56:33.:56:37.

last year and the year before, but they are going to go out in the

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quarter-final here. Tomkins threatening something special again,

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but Mickey Higham hung on. magnificent collection by Tomkins,

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pick-up. He is asking questions of the defence. It is not a matter of

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just claiming the ball and play safe, he says, are you going to

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stop me? He makes that look very easy, but he is running past world-

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class defenders. A chance here for year, we do not know, but McGuire

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is leaving at the end of this season. We have not been told if he

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has been told that he will be the referee has seen a forward pass.

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Yes, the Magic hands letting him down a little with a forward pass,

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but he has had a great game in the centre of position, hasn't he? He

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has shown a full range of defensive and offensive skills that he needs

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to play that position. He cannot believe it has been given as a

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with for a game which has, for two- thirds or three quarters of the

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time, given us an absolutely ding- dong contest. It now looks like

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Wigan will win it with 7 1/2 minutes to go, but the Warrington

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themselves to attack. They have not given up yet. They need to score

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this set to have any chance reasonably conservative set, tried

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to draw breath for the last few will not be watching any more Rugby

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League for the rest of the game, he very hard. A very good performance

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from Warrington, but an outstanding one from Wigan. The quality of the

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other quarter-finalists means it will be a very tough route through

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to the final for Wigan. Even if they will be favourites from hereon

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his fingers as he would have wanted. Good defence once again from Wigan.

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They were down on numbers, but Richards really came up, put Matty

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Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter- final man of the match. Well done

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Lachlan, what a deserving scorer he is! -- and it is the skipper,

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Shaunnah Lachlan. He is the man who will write his name on the

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scoresheet. No chance now, Sean O'Loughlin with the try. Wigan are

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on their way to the semi-finals. is an outstanding Rugby League

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player. I think it is a great way to finish an epic encounter, with

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the captain sealing victory. But it was magic again for Sam Tomkins.

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King did really well to try to recover, but that was a forced

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error from Sam Tomkins. Just look at that. He has the vision. He

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challenges once again, forces the area, and the big fellow, Sean

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O'Loughlin, the Wigan captain, just seals it. He is a very controlled

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character. To see that kind of a response to scoring that dry tells

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you just how much it means to him. in how the domestic season pans out,

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they still have a chance of being in the Grand Final of the Super

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League. But domestic honours will not include the Challenge Cup for

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at the Warrington end. -- and the seats are emptying. It has been

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very, very conclusive in the end. That was some skill, to read that,

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his decision-making was first class. I am very pleased for Shauna

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Lachlan, he has been a stock or water Wigan when things have not

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been going well -- I am very going to Wembley. But there is a

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very big hurdle to come, the semi- final. Nothing is certain. There

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was a semi-final against Catalan, they were red hot favourite to go

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through, they came up short. I think Michael Maguire will remind

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them of that in the meantime. restart the Warrington. Michael

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forlorn figure in the shadows. How big a mess he has been. -- a miss.

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It might have been different if he was on the pitch. I think by the

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time this scrum has happened there will only be a couple of plays at

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the most. Wigan know they are through. 30 seconds left, how good

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has Wigan been? Outstanding. That first 20 or 25 minutes was a Rugby

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League master class, and since then they have hung in with Chev defence,

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great individual work. Their work rate is phenomenal. The scoreline

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reflects their performance, superb. It has been a long, long time since

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Wigan went down Wembley way. They have taken a step closer today.

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They have an awfully big challenge to come with a semi-final in a

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couple of weeks, but they have put out one of their biggest rivals

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today, and put them out in style. Warrington were magical in spells,

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but they could not keep it up for long enough. Wigan, after an

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electrifying start and powerful And only now can we draw breath.

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Goodness me, Brian Noble. extremely tiring game to watch, let

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alone playing. I don't know how many tries we have seen, 14 or 15.

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The scoreline probably does not reflect how close Warrington got.

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The difference in the second half was the penalties, I think four or

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five penalties on the bounce, it just killed the momentum and gave

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Wigan the key position. They kept nudging forward and forwards. He

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will be disappointed with the discipline in the second half, not

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the effort, but definitely the discipline.

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Let's go pitch-side, Tanya is with the man of the match. Pat Richards,

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congratulations, Carnegie man of the match, what a game. Thank you.

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Everyone played as a team, we were really up for it. Can you believe

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the start you made? We wanted to start well. Every other team worked

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well, but they came back, it is pretty good. What did the coach say

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at half-time? Just stick to it. I think we did that pretty well. It

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is a great atmosphere here. much does it mean to progress in

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the Challenge Cup? A lot. Everybody knows about Wigan's history, we

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wanted to write our own history and get back to Wembley, but there is

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another game to go. Sean O'Loughlin, you enjoyed that try? Yes.

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special was a team's performance? It has to be up there? Yes. We

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always knew it was going to be a tough game. It is very special to

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get a win here in the Challenge Cup. get a win here in the Challenge Cup.

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Congratulations. 13 tries this afternoon if my maths

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is correct, Wigan finishing 44-24 victors. We will be at Hull FC

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tomorrow for their game against Leeds, and Castle Philipp play

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Huddersfield, St Helens play Hull KR. We will be off our shortly, but

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we will be on the red button. -- we will be off the air on BBC Two

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shortly, but we will be on the red shortly, but we will be on the red

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button. There is an awful lot still to discuss after that game.

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Absolutely. An end to end classic, that is what it was. Controversial

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moments through the game, momentum swinging both ways, but with

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players like Tomkins and blue light, and I thought that Carmont was very

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good. -- players like Tomkins and Thomas Leuluai. Tony Smith said in

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his pre-match interview that the one who took their chances would

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win. I felt they were more clinical, especially Carmont. When they had

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the opportunities they exposed the defence of the Warrington right

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hand side and finished them off, whereas a few opportunities went

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Mark Chapman introduces live coverage from the Halliwell Jones Stadium as defending champions Warrington take on Super League Grand Final winners Wigan.

This fixture was earmarked as the tie of the round when the draw was made two - Warrington have won the trophy for the last two years, while Wigan head coach Michael Maguire is desperate to end the club's nine-year barren run before he returns to Australia at the end of the season.

Commentary is provided by Dave Woods and John Kear.


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