Wane chilled after Warriors stroll

Sam Powell gets stuck in against Hunslet
Sam Powell gets stuck in against Hunslet
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SHAUN Wane was “chilled” as Wigan strolled past Hunslet by 52-8 to book a place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Matty Bowen scored a hat-trick and Matty Smith finished with 24 points from two tries and eight goals as the Warriors registered their eighth successive win.

The Warriors raced into a 24-0 lead inside 11 minutes, but only scored two tries during a frustrating second-half.

Hunslet play two divisions below Super League, and Wane admitted under different circumstances he may have been more critical of their display.

But the taxing Easter weekend had taken its toll and his main concern yesterday was ensuring they progressed to the next round without any injuries, which they achieved.

“I just wanted to win in a decent manner, we started well, we did enough to win, and that’s a positive,” he said.

“Everything combined - with a hard weekend over Easter and all the changes we made – it was never going to be a 100 per cent performance.

“I’m chilled. I wanted to get into the next round in a good manner, but these games can be difficult and fair play to Hunslet, they stayed in the battle with us and you have to admire them.

“They kept on going. They really impressed me with their attitude.”

Captain Sean O’Loughlin, hooker Mike McIlorum and stand-off Blake Green will all return for Friday’s Super League showdown at Leeds.

Wane added: “Leeds will be very confident, it’s a good match-up and we’re looking forward to it.”

The draw for the quarter-finals takes place at 6.30pm on the BBC News television channel. Salford and Catalan were knocked out of the competition yesterday, while St Helens tumbled at Leeds on Saturday.

Hawks coach Barry Eaton was critical of the way his side started but was pleased for the most aprt.

He said: “We were really frustrated and disappointed with our first 20 minutes. I think we were 24-0 down after 13 minutes. Once we addressed that from 25-30 minutes in I thought we gave Wigan a good contest.”