10th April 2021, 21:50 | challengecup

Salford ease into quarter finals

Salford ease into quarter finals

Betfred Challenge Cup round-up

Salford Red Devils booked their spot in the Betfred Challenge Cup quarter finals with a comprehensive 68-4 home win over Widnes Vikings.

Salford were 24-4 up at half time on the back of a Matty Costello brace, Tui Lolohea's try and the first of a Morgan Escare brace.

Widnes' response came in the form of a try for teenager Daniel Hill but that is all they could muster as Andy Ackers and Dec Patton extended the home side's lead with tries of their own.

Former Widnes man Krisnan Inu would go on to kick ten goals from 12 attempts with Sebastine ikahihifo and Kallum Watkins backing four-pointers either side of the hour mark.

Scores from Jack Ormondroyd, Rhys Williams and Andy Ackers added extra gloss to the scoreline as they all went over inside the final seven minutes of the tie.

St Helens and injury-hit Leeds Rhinos then went head-to-head on BBC One with Saints ending the holders' title defence with a 26-18 win at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

The hosts, who were only without Morgan Knowles of their first team stars, largely had Tommy Makinson to thank as he scored twi tries and kicked five goals - including two penalties - for a personal 14-point haul.

Regan Grace also scored twice for the Saints, who led 8-6 at half time.

In the opposite camp, Leeds went into the game carrying ten first team injuries which left players out of position and handed a debut to 17 year old Morgan Gannon.

Despite their adversity, Mikolaj Oledski's first half try gave them some hope, but their issues were compounded by the dismissal of King Vuniyayawa on 46 minutes.

Brad Dwyer scored twice in as many minutes before the 70th minute struck but, though Rhyse Martin kicked three goals, it wasn't enough to reel in their opponents, who wrapped things up thanks to Makinson's second try on 79 minutes.

Sam Tomkins was at his instrumental best as Catalans Dragons secured their spot in the final eight with a convincing 26-6 win over Wakefield Trinity.

Mason Lino converted his own try on 26 minutes in a rare bright moment for Trinity, who were only 8-6 down at the break after a Tomkins try and two James Maloney goals.

But the result was put beyond doubt in the second period thanks to three more Dragons tries through Josh Drinkwater, Tom Davies and Gil Dudson. Maloney rounded off his afternoon's work with a total of five goals.

Hull FC will play Wigan Warriors in the Cup quarter finals after seeing off a dogged Featherstone Rovers 34-14 away from home.

Rovers impressed on the night and were able to keep FC scoreless in the second half, while they did open the scoring through Josh Hardcastle within a minute of kick off.

Brett Ferres and Ben Blackmore scored second half tries for Rovers, with Dane Chisholm kicking one goal.

But the damage was done by the Super League visitors in a 34-minute first-half blitz which was kicked off by Bureta Faraimo on five minutes.

Carlos Tuimavave and Josh Griffin scored two tries each, while Our League Player of the Match Jordan Johnstone bagged a try on 39 minutes. Jake Connor kicked five goals from six attempts.