RugbyL: Forget Leeds clash says Wolves coach Smith

Warrington head coach Tony Smith insists his side must forget about their enticing Challenge Cup semi-final with Leeds Rhinos and focus on the Super League.

Smith's men earned the Leeds showdown with a 46-10 victory over Bradford Bulls in the quarter-finals at Odsal on Sunday.

Former Canberra Raiders wing Joel Monaghan led a late flourish for the Wolves, crossing over twice inside the final 15 minutes.

Australian-born Smith was satisfied with the display, despite a slow start to proceedings, as Warrington reached the last four of the Challenge Cup for the fifth time in six years.

Their semi-final draw is a repeat of the 2010 and 2012 finals both won by Warrington, but the clash will not take place until August and Smith is determined to switch back to Super League mode immediately.

However, there was a bitter taste in the coach's mouth after the final whistle as veteran hooker Michael Monaghan - retiring at the end of this season - was forced off through injury.

"It's a long way off so we will just go about the rest of the season and turn our attention back to the cup when it comes time," said Smith.

"There is a lot of time between it - you can have injuries and we have picked up a couple. I am a bit disappointed with Michael Monaghan there at the back-end of the game.

"It puts a dampener on things but hopefully we will have those sort of players by the time we get into the next round.

"It was one of the slowest games we have been involved in for a while. We needed to sharpen up a bit on our attack and take control of the speed of the game and I thought we did that very well in the second half.

"Of course Bradford were going to fight back - they have got some spirit in this club. They weren't going to roll over easy for us and they showed that today."

Leeds booked their place in the last four with a 25-12 win against Championship side Leigh Centurions, but not before suffering a scare.

The sides were all square heading into the final 10 minutes, before tries from Robbie Ward and Zak Hardaker spared their blushes.

"There would be an element of relief," said Leeds head coach Brian McDermott. "It was a fantastic Challenge Cup game. That is what the cup is about - games like that.

"They would mix it with some Super League teams. They mixed it with us today so they would mix it with any Super League team."

Castleford Tigers - arguably Super League's in-form side - will meet Widnes Vikings, who thrashed Keighley Cougars 56-6 on Thursday, in the other semi-final.

Luke Dorn pulled the strings once again as the Tigers enjoyed a surprise 16-4 win against holders Wigan - their Super League opponents on Friday.

"We were superb," said Castleford head coach Daryl Powell. "We haven't won anything yet so we don't want to get too carried away but I think it just cements us as a genuine team.

"I don't think we played very well in the second half but that defensive rearguard effort is one of the best I've ever seen.

"We had the kitchen sink and fair few fridges and utensils and all sorts thrown at us."

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