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Wigan Warriors 30 Tries: Leuluai, Hansen, Calderwood, Tompkins, Hock Goals: Richards 5
Bradford Bulls 14 Tries: Lynch, Finnigan Goals: Deacon 2, Harris
Wigan Warriors booked a trip to France with a convincing win over Bradford Bulls at the Stobart Stadium Widnes.
Due to the non-availability of the JJB Stadium, the game was switched to Widnes and the Bulls started the better. Paul Deacon kicked an early penalty goal for them and they had a try harshly chalked off by the video referee for a knock on by Semi Tadulala when the ball appeared to go backwards. Andy Lynch scored the first try as the Yorkshire side led 8-0 after 20 minutes. Wigan hit back and with tries from Thomas Leuluai and Harrison Hansen they took a 12-8 half-time lead.
Early into the second half the Warriors extended their lead with a Mark Calderwood try. Simon Finnigan gave Bradford some hope as he cut the lead to 18-14 but Wigan stepped up the pace and led by Trent Barrett they scored two more tries from Joel Tompkins and Gareth Hock to clinch the win.
The Warriors now face a difficult trip to the South of France next Saturday, where they will face the Catalans Dragons in the elimination semi-final.
Catalans Dragons 46 Tries: Murphy 4, Bosc, Pelo, McGuire, Mounis, Greenshields Goals: Bosc 5
Warrington Wolves 8 Tries: Grix Goals: Hicks 2
Catalans Dragons ran in nine-tries as they brushed aside Warrington Wolves in Perpignan.
Warrington, who went into this game with three of their key players Adrian Morley, Paul Rauhihi and Lee Briers not fully fit, took an early lead with a Chris Hicks penalty goal. Two tries in 10 minutes from Justin Murphy gave the Catalans the lead and with other scored from Thomas Bosc and Dimitri Pelo; the hosts lead 22-2 at the break.
After the interval Casey McGuire put the Dragons out of site. Simon Grix went over for the Wolves but this was only a consolation as the French-side upped the tempo and ran out comfortable winners. Gregory Mounis, Clint Greenshields and a fourth try for Murphy completed a comprehensive win.
The Dragons will now face Wigan next Saturday for a place in the final eliminator at ether St Helens or Leeds.