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Warrington 112-0 Swinton

Warrington (48) 112
Tries: J Monaghan 4, Briers 3, Riley 3, Carvell 3, Westwood 2, Atkins, Grix,
M Monaghan, Williams, Bridge
Goals: Briers 16
Swinton (0) 0


Lee Briers
Briers scored three tries and kicked 16 goals for a personal best 44 points

Lee Briers clocked up 44 points as Warrington romped to a record-breaking 112-0 Challenge Cup win over Swinton.

The holders' resounding success was a club record victory, while Briers' tally was also a club individual best.

Joel Monaghan ran in four tries on top of hat-tricks for Briers, Garreth Carvell and Chris Riley.

Ben Westwood (2), Ryan Atkins, Simon Grix, Michael Monaghan, Chris Bridge and Rhys Williams also went over, Briers' boot landing 16 goals.

The thumping victory - Warrington's third 80-plus points haul at the Halliwell Jones this season - surpassed their 84-1 Challenge Cup triumph over York at Wilderspool 11 years ago as a new club high.

Their 20 tries also equals the record previously set in a 78-6 win against St Helens in 1909.

As for Briers, his own record-breaking night was headlined by him beating his own 40-point haul in that win over York in 2000.

His 16 goals breaks his own earlier club record of 14, previously shared with Harry Palin, who also landed 14 against Liverpool City in 1950.

And that all came on a night when he became Warrington's highest points scorer of all time, beating Steve Hesford's 2,416.

Briers, a runaway Lance Todd Trophy winner in last year's Wembley final win over Leeds, has now increased his tally to 2,425 points.

As they await the quarter-finals in late July, Super League leaders Warrington will now be even more fancied for a hat-trick of Challenge Cup triumphs.

And Tony Smith's free-scoring Wolves, who had already amassed 200 points in their previous three games in beating Bradford, Keighley (in the last round) and Castleford, were actually without six regulars.

Brett Hodgson and Louis Anderson were rested, joining Richie Myler, Ben Harrison, Mickey Higham and Paul Wood on the sidelines.

But there was some bad news for Warrington, with the loss of rookie Gareth O'Brien.

Playing only his third senior match, he was carried off on a stretcher with what may prove a serious knee injury.

We played some awesome stuff, regardless of what level the team we were playing against

Warrington boss Tony Smith

Briers needed only 90 seconds to engineer Warrington's opening score as his towering kick was collected by Joel Monaghan, and Briers himself scored the second try in six minutes after good work from Riley.

Atkins raced down the flank to stretch the lead to 16-0 before a smart pass from Bridge saw Monaghan go over for his second try.

Alex Hurst gave the small but vociferous Swinton following something to cheer about about with an impressive clearance run from behind his own line.

But Warrington's onslaught against the lowest-ranked club left in the tournament kept going and Carvell added two tries in as many minutes.

Championship One leaders Swinton then went almost 20 minutes without touching the ball.

Grix charged over for the home side's seventh try, Monaghan completed his hat-trick and brother Michael joined in the celebrations to stretch the lead to 48-0 at half-time.

A quick double after the break saw Briers complete his treble and winger Riley then got his name on the scoresheet for the first time.

Rhys Williams raced down the wing for try number 14, sandwiched in between a Ben Westwood brace, while Joel Monaghan clocked up his fourth try of the night.

Atkins carved out a second try for Riley nine minutes from time and Bridge got in on the act moment later. And there was still time for Carvell and Riley to complete their hat-tricks on an unforgettable night.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Warrington boss Tony Smith:

"It's a fantastic achievement by Lee Briers. He's been a very good player for a number of years for this club.

"We played some awesome stuff, regardless of what level the team we were playing against.

"I feel for Swinton. They have been in a good spot themselves but played against a team with skill and discipline.

"It was real entertainment for the fans who turned up. There was some fantastic rugby league played."

Swinton coach Steve McCormack:

"I am disappointed with the scoreline but we will not be judged by this game.

"Warrington were absolutely fantastic and tore us apart from the start. We never had the ball.

"They were disciplined and it was a massive lesson for us but we could not have worked any harder.

"If Warrington continue to play like that it will take a good side to stop them but this will make us not break us that's for sure."

TEAMS

Warrington: Riley; J Monaghan, Bridge, Atkins, Williams; O'Brien, Briers; Morley, M Monaghan, Carvell, King, Westwood, Grix.

Replacements: Clarke, Cooper, Blythe, Solomona.

Swinton: Mort; Flooks, Hurst, Dodd, Foxen; Watson, M Ainscough; Morrison, M Smith, N Holland, Cunniffe, D Hawkyard, Joseph.

Replacements: Wilson, Ashall, Meekin, Gallagher.

Attendance: 4,440.

Referee: Tim Roby (RFL).



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see also
Warrington 62-0 Castleford
13 May 11 |  Rugby League
Warrington 80-0 Keighley
08 May 11 |  Rugby League
Challenge Cup round-up
08 May 11 |  Rugby League
Rugby League on the BBC
15 Oct 10 |  Rugby League
Rugby League commentaries
03 Apr 10 |  Rugby League


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