Bulls next up in cup

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WIGAN have been rewarded for their 52-0 hammering of Barrow yesterday with a trip to Bradford in the fifth-round of the Challenge Cup.

They travel to the Bulls in two weeks’ time in one of five all-Super League ties, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

Fellow heavyweights Warrington and St Helens avoided top-flight opposition.

Michael Maguire said Wigan will “definitely do our homework” on 11th-placed Bradford, who booked their place with a 46-34 win over Halifax.

First they host Harlequins in a Super League encounter this Friday night before switching their attentions back to the Cup.

The Warriors’ place in the fifth-round was never in doubt after they ran in nine tries against Nigel Wright’s Barrow at the DW Stadium yesterday.

Sam Tomkins and Thomas Leuluai ran riot, scoring two tries each, and winger Pat Richards finished with a personal haul of 20-points from one try and eight goals.

The Man of Steel – who recently penned a new two-year deal – said: “I thought it was a good team performance.

“We want to win every competition we’re involved in and getting to the final is obviously our aim, but we’re not looking that far ahead.”

Maguire praised 19-year-old forward Jack Hughes for a fine debut, the only surprise inclusion in a star-studded line-up.

The Australian added: “Satisfied is probably the best word to use. We knew were going to respect the opposition and we did that in the way we defended our line.”

THE five Wigan players in the England elite training squad travelled to Loughborough last night for the start of a national camp.

Paul Prescott, Mike McIlorum, Sean O’Loughlin, Sam and Joel Tomkins are among 32 players who will take part in the two-day exercise under Steve McNamara’s watchful eye ahead of the game against the Exiles – a team of Super League’s best overseas players - on June 10.

AUSTRALIAN winger Amos Roberts scored a try to help Wigan’s Under-20s to a nail-biting 29-28 win at Castleford.

Matt Russell, Stefan Marsh, Ryan King and Tom Spencer also bagged tries and Sam Powell hit the decisive drop-goal.

The U18s also beat Castleford, triumphing 30-28 with Liam Carberry (2), Joe Bullock, Shae Lyon-Fraser and Liam Fishwick scoring tries. Tom Hurst kicked five goals.