Challenge Cup: Swinton Lions 8-32 Warrington Wolves – Wire cruise past Championship side

Matty Ashton (left) joined Warrington from Swinton from the 2020 season
Swinton (8) 8
Tries: Roberts Goals: Ridyard 2
Warrington (20) 32
Tries: King 2, Lineham, Austin, Ashton, Walker Goals: Ratchford 4

Warrington Wolves secured a place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals as they overcame Championship side Swinton Lions.

Toby King sent Warrington ahead but Luis Roberts edged the hosts into a slender two-point lead soon after.

Tom Lineham, King and Blake Austin all touched down to send the Wire in with a 12-point advantage at half-time.

Matty Ashton scored against his former club before Danny Walker went in under the posts to wrap up an emphatic win.

Matt Davis made his first appearance of the season for Warrington after he came off the bench but marquee off-season signing Greg Inglis is still not ready for his first appearance.

The quarter-final draw, which was held on Saturday, confirmed that the winner of this tie would take on Catalans in the next round.

When Roberts crossed for Swinton early on, they appeared primed to frustrate Warrington and cause an upset.

However, a clinical first-half performance from the visitors did the damage before a subdued second half that was soured when Ashton was forced off through injury shortly after his try.

Swinton boss Stuart Littler told BBC Radio Manchester:

“I’m massively proud. We spoke in the week about not quite being at the races last week and we’d not seen that enthusiasm and togetherness but I thought we showed that in abundance today.

“We struggled in the second half to get out of our own half but we dug in and toughed it out and kept turning up for each other.

“We’ve got to bottle this up and bring it next week. We’ve got a massive game against Featherstone and a tough month ahead, so our battle is to get that right.”

Warrington boss Steve Price told BBC Radio Manchester:

“I will pay a huge amount of respect to the opposition. I thought Swinton were fantastic. They had a really big go and tried to unsettle us.

“They moved the ball around well and asked some questions. There’s a lot of things we’re not happy about with the game but we’re glad to get through to the next round.

“There were some good moments and not so good moments. It was a frustrating game to watch.”

Swinton: Butt, Lepori, Cox, Lloyd, Roberts, Ridyard, Hansen, Brogan, Waterworth, Brooks, Meadows, Gregson, Hope.

Interchanges: Brown, Jones, Green, Brown.

Warrington: Ashton, Lineham, Mamo, King, Charnley, Austin, Ratchford, Hill, Clark, Philbin, Currie, Robson, Clark.

Interchanges: Mulhern, Butler, Davis, Walker.

Referee: T. Grant.

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