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RugbyL: Green, Charnley star as Wigan rout Widnes

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Blake Green and hat-trick hero Josh Charnley punished sloppy Widnes as Wigan stormed into the Challenge Cup semi-finals with a crushing 48-4 victory at the DW Stadium on Monday.

Green, who began his career with the Parramatta Eels, pounced on a lose ball with 10 minutes left to run in Wigan's eighth and final try in this comfortable win.

But he was outshone by wing Charnley who helped himself to a third consecutive hat-trick against Widnes as he ran in three first-half scores - all of which were set up by poor passes from the opposition.

And 2010 Super League Man of Steel Pat Richards was in no mood to let the Vikings off the hook after their mistakes, converting all eight tries.

Former New Zealand Warrior Patrick Ah Van did cross for the visitors but it was all the Widnes faithful had to shout about as Super League leaders Wigan set up a final four clash with London Broncos.

Meanwhile, holders Warrington Wolves are now just 80 minutes away from a fourth Wembley outing in five years as a try double from Joel Monaghan helped them roar past Huddersfield Giants 44-24 in their quarter-final clash.

The Wolves raced into a 20-0 lead after just half an hour, former Australian second-row Trent Waterhouse grabbing the second of four early tries for the home side.

However, quick-fire scores from Shaun Lunt and Dale Ferguson had Huddersfield - who currently sit second in Super League - right back in the mix.

But former Canberra Raider Mongahan struck either side of half-time to swing the game back in his team's favour.

Brett Hodgson weighed in with six goals while further Warrington tries by Lee Briers and Garreth Carvell allowed the hosts to survive a late Huddersfield surge.

All that stands between Wolves and another Wembley run out are semi-final opponents Hull FC, who enjoyed a 24-13 victory over Catalan Dragons.

Shannon McDonnell got the ball rolling after he touched down on 23 minutes, only for two tries either side of half-time to see the Dragons take an early second-half lead.

However, Hull struck back through wing Tom Lineham and Jack Briscoe before McDonnell rubber-stamped the victory with his second effort at the death.

Super League strugglers London Broncos overpowered part-timers Sheffield Eagles 29-10 at the Don Valley Stadium on Friday as they go in search of a second Wembley appearance.

Australian Jamie Soward, a stop-gap signing brought in to rescue the Broncos' ailing season following his release by St George Illawarra Dragons, was the star of the show with a superb solo try in only his third appearance.

The side from the English capital demonstrated the gulf in standards between the bottom of Super League and the top of the Championship as they ran in five tries to Sheffield's two, with Aussies Michael Witt and Michael Robertson getting in on the act.

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