Warrington thrash Bradford Bulls in Challenge Cup

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Warrington eased into the sixth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a 54-6 10-try rout of League One Bradford Bulls at the Halliwell Jones stadium.

Winger Josh Charnley crossed for four tries to help him pass 1,000 career points and centre Bryson Goodwin finished with a personal tally of 20 points as he claimed a hat-trick of tries and kicked four goals.

Ben Currie also crossed twice before being forced from the field with a knee injury. Captain Chris Hill also claimed a try and Stefan Ratchford added three goals as the Wolves stretched their unbeaten run to seven games.

Bradford were rewarded for their efforts with a late try and conversion from stand off Joe Keyes much to the delight of their large and vociferous travelling support.

Warrington made five changes from the side that defeated Hull KR in Super League seven days previous and gave a debut to 19-year-old prop Pat Moran on the bench while Mitch Brown, Dec Patton, George King and Harvey Livett were all given a run-out by coach Steve Price.

Bradford were forced into a number of changes from the team that hammered Coventry as recent signings Jy Hitchcox and James Laithwaite were cup-tied, Dane Chisholm suspended and Sam Hallas dropped out so Ross Oakes, Matty Gartside, Ross Peltier and Mikey Wood came into the side.

There was plenty of early endeavour from the Bulls in the opening exchanges and prop forward Steve Crossley actually got over the line after some sustained pressure but was unable to ground the ball.

But from the moment Wolves skipper Hill crashed over under the posts on the 10-minute mark the Super League outfit took control as they ran in a further four tries in a devastating 10-minute spell.

Currie touched down twice before being forced to limp from the field with a knee problem, Goodwin and Charnley also claimed tries and Ratchford landed three conversions to give Warrington a 26-0 advantage after just 23 minutes.

Bradford managed to stem the tide as the home side failed to add to their tally until the final minute of the half when Charnley crossed for his second of the game to reach 1,000 career points and give the Wolves a 30-0 half-time lead.

Within eight minutes of the restart Charnley crossed for two further tries to take his tally for the afternoon to four and Warrington's superior pace and power continued to tell as Goodwin claimed two tries in five minutes to complete his hat-trick and stretch the lead to 54-0.

To their credit Bradford managed to keep their line intact in the final quarter and were rewarded with the final try of the game through Keyes which he also converted much to the delight of their travelling support.

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