Challenge Cup: York City Knights 0-26 Wigan Warriors

Zak Hardaker opened the scoring with his third try in three games for Wigan Warriors
Zak Hardaker opened the scoring with his third try in three games for Wigan Warriors
Betfred Challenge Cup
York City Knights (0) 0
Wigan Warriors (14) 26
Tries: Hardaker, Smith, Halsall, Hanley, Clubb Goals: Hardaker (3)

Wigan Warriors sealed their place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a 26-0 win at Championship side York City Knights.

First-half tries from Zak Hardaker, Harry Smith and Sam Halsall gave the Super League team a commanding lead.

Umlya Hanley and Tony Clubb stretched the advantage after the break.

Both sides observed a minute's silence before kick-off in memory of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on Friday.

Wigan, who have won a record 19 Challenge Cups, never looked back once Hardaker opened the scoring after sprinting towards the right-hand corner.

They stretched their lead when Jake Bibby put Smith through past the Knights defence.

A first senior try for 19-year-old centre Halsall followed, before Hanley also got the ball over the line for the first time in a Warriors shirt.

Finally, Clubb used his strength to roll out of a tackle and place the ball down to complete a comfortable victory.

Wigan Warriors coach Adrian Lam told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was one of those games where the sooner the end comes, the better.

"We got through injury-free and into the quarter finals which is the positive tonight.

"Holding the opposition to zero was certainly another highlight."

York City Knights coach James Ford to BBC Radio York:

"For them to have put in the shift of hard work that they put in really heartens me.

"I've got a lot to build on and a lot to work with in terms of effort, commitment and desire."

York: Harrison, Whiteley, Dow-Nikau, Salter, Dixon, Marsh, Washbrook, Green, Jubb, Cuthbertson, Porter, Scott, Spears.

Interchanges: Barcoe, Dixon, Stock, Towse.

Wigan: Hardaker, Bibby, Isa, Halsall, Hanley, Smith, Hastings, Partington, Bateman, Smithies, Singleton, Powell, Bullock.

Interchanges: Byrne, Clubb, Havard, Shorrocks.

Referee: Marcus Griffiths

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