Wolves make Wembley final
Warrington booked their place in the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final with a comprehensive victory over Wakefield at Leigh Sports Village.
Wakefield went ahead early on through Craig Hall but Warrington quickly responded and never looked back running in ten tries.
Following semi-final defeats in the last three seasons, Wire supporters were understandably nervous heading into the game but a rampant and ruthless display from Tony Smith’s side now sets up a mouth-watering clash with Super League leaders Hull FC in the final at Wembley next month.
Tries before and after half-time killed the game
Warrington looked to be heading into the interval with an 18-6 lead but Kurt Gidley forced his way over on the stroke of half-time to give the Wolves an 18 point cushion.
The three try advantage meant Wakefield had to score first after the break to get themselves back into the contest but two quick tries from Chris Sandow and Stefan Ratchford meant the game was effectively over after 48 minutes.
Warrington went on to score four further tries with Max Jowitt’s effort a mere consolation.
Brilliant across the board
Tony Smith has been critical of his side’s performances in recent weeks despite an unbeaten five match run but he will have few complaints after the way his team played today.
Jack Hughes claimed the official man of the match but every player can be pleased with their effort.
Tony Smith was even able to rest key players Chris Sandow and Daryl Clark for the majority of the second-half ahead of the opening Super 8s game against St Helens on Thursday.
Wakefield can hold their heads high
Wakefield’s 2016 season has been sensational compared to 12 months ago and even though the result did not go their way there are still plenty of positives for the club to take from their cup run.
Qualifying for the Super 8s is a monumental achievement as well even though their chances of finishing in the top-four appear slim.
If the club can build on their achievements this season then there’s no reason why their Wembley dream won’t become a reality in the near future.
Warrington Wolves 56 (24)
Tries: Hughes, Clark, Evans, Gidley, Sandow, Ratchford, Currie, T King (2), Westwood
Goals: Gidley (7), Ratchford
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 12 (6)
Tries: Hall, Jowitt
Goals: Finn (2)