NOT half did that feel good!

Ellery Hanley, Shaun Edwards, Billy Boston, Maurice Lindsay - your boys took one hell of a beating.

Eighty-two years of hurt thrown back at them in one massive pie burned in the Halliwell Jones Stadium oven by a hot Wire.

History figures in the success because wins against fiercest rivals Wigan on big occasions have come few and far between, the last at home in the Challenge Cup having been in 1936.

To achieve one without conceding a single point warms the cockles and lifts the excitement levels for weeks to come.

Exuberant supporters showed no signs of wanting to leave as they clapped and cheered their heroes after the final hooter, while their Wigan counterparts have since gone into meltdown on social media.

Moments like this can act as a catalyst for building momentum, something which had temporarily stalled as a consequence of the heavy loss to Wigan at the Magic Weekend.

But this finest display yet under Steve Price, and the best for some time, now leaves the Wire looking forward to an eighth semi-final in 10 years at the Macron Stadium in Bolton on Sunday, August 5.

If this is the type of stuff Price’s men can serve up on a more consistent basis, who would bet against the Australian’s ‘tough and resilient footy team’ making it a fifth Wembley appearance in 10 years?

The systematic way in which Wigan were undone in the opening 40 minutes was a pleasure to watch unfold.

Chief orchestrators Tyrone Roberts, Kevin Brown and Daryl Clark stuck to the plan of playing with pace, control, width and a good kicking game.

As such, working behind a rampant pack led by skipper Chris Hill, Mike Cooper and Jack Hughes, they dominated from the start and ran Wigan ragged to the point they had little left in the tank when they tried to respond.

Midway through the first half Wigan’s players had done more than twice the number of tackles of Price’s men and Warrington cashed in at the back end of the half to stretch out to 16-0 in front.

It should have been 18 but the touch judges wrongly adjudicated Harvey Livett’s conversion to Kevin Brown’s opening score had missed. Thankfully it had no baring on the result.

If Ben Murdoch-Masila’s one-man cavalry stampede over the top of fellow man-mountain Taulima Tautai had not brought the house down for 10-0, winger Josh Charnley’s 200th career try against his former club on the stroke of half time certainly did.

Wigan tried to throw everything at The Wire in the second half but their efforts lacked punch against a hard-working defence that had them sussed out.

Dec Patton’s try after the final hooter was a sweet finish to a wonderful primrose and blue occasion.


Challenge Cup quarter final, Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Warrington Wolves…23 Wigan Warriors…0.

Wolves: Stefan Ratchford; Josh Charnley, Ryan Atkins, Bryson Goodwin, Tom Lineham; Kevin Brown, Tyrone Roberts; Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Jack Hughes, Harvey Livett, Ben Westwood. Subs: Dec Patton, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Joe Philbin, Sita Akauola.

Wigan: Sam Tomkins; Tom Davies, Jon Bateman, Oliver Gildart, Liam Marshall; George Williams, Sam Powell; Tony Clubb, Tommy Leuluai, Ben Flower, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Sean O’Loughlin. Subs: Joel Tomkins, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Morgan Escare.

Scoring: Brown try, 13mins, 4-0; Murdoch-Masila try, 33mins, Livett goal, 10-0; Charnley try, 40mins, Livett goal, 16-0; Goodwin penalty goal, 74mins, 18-0; Roberts drop goal, 76mins, 19-0; Patton try, 80mins, 23-0.

Penalties: Wolves 4 Warriors 5.

Sin bin: Lueluai (cannonball tackle), 60mins

Referee: Robert Hicks.

Attendance: 10,213.