Silk Cut Challenge Cup favourites
Wigan Warriors eased their way into the quarter-final stages with a
seven-try victory over a very determined Dragons outfit who never gave up
The Northern Ford Premiership side fielded eight players with
Super League experience and proved excellent value - especially in the
opening half hour when they came close to scoring on two occasions.
But it was the introduction of international pack man Denis Betts that
sparked the turning point as Wigan capitalised with two late tries before
a half time hooter.
The first came from a dreadful mistake by Dragons winger Craig Moore,
who allowed himself to be pushed into touch on the first tackle. It proved
costly as Wigan skipper Andy Farrell took the ball from the scrum and
fired over the Doncaster whitewash to register the opening try.
Four minutes later it was Betts who knocked a massive hole through the
visitors' defence with a 25-yard drive finally finished by Gary Connolly.
Trailing 12-2 at the interval Doncaster must have had hopes of getting
something out of this match but Wigan showed an air of professionalism by
running in five tries in the second half with Betts, Farrell, Simon
Haughton and Chris Radlinski all running powerfully.
Wigan's new recruit, 20-year-old Willie Peters, marked his first class
debut with a try seven minutes into the second half when he followed up a
bomb from Tony Smith - and that signalled the end of a defiant Doncaster
Man of the match Latham Tawhai - the Dragons scrum half - was a
constant thorn in the favourites' side, displaying a cool head when under
pressure and spraying the ball about in excellent fashion.