Warrington prevail in Challenge Cup thriller

Warrington advanced to the last four of the Challenge Cup following a 20-18 victory over the valiant Widnes Vikings.

Kurt Gidley’s penalty seven minutes from time saw the Wolves scrape to victory after a thrilling contest that exploded into life late in the first-half.

Wire took an early lead when Jack Hughes crossed, but Widnes went into half-time 12-10 ahead. Joe Mellor and Matt Whitley’s converted tries edged them ahead before Kevin Penny scored in the corner for Tony Smith’s side.

A Gidley penalty levelled the match, and the hosts then took the lead as Brad Dwyer scored, only for Charly Runciman to bring the game level again.

However, Gidley’s penalty put Warrington ahead once more, and this time, Widnes just couldn’t find a response.

Warrington join Wakefield in the semi-finals, with the other two ties taking place on Saturday.

A full report will be found in League Express.