Wane happy as Warriors thump Widnes to make semis

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane believes his side are getting back to their best after demolishing Widnes to move to within 80 minutes of a Wembley appearance.

England winger Josh Charnley scored a devastating first-half hat-trick of opportunist tries as the Warriors cruised to a 48-4 victory to set up a Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final clash with London Broncos at Leigh on Saturday week.

Wigan needed a last-minute try against Bradford in their last Super League match to avoid a hat-trick of defeats but the return from injury of England trio Sam Tomkins, Sean O’Loughlin and Lee Mossop transformed them at the DW Stadium.

“I thought we played well and scored some good tries,” Wane said. “It was good to get Lockers and Sam back.

“We were crisp in our attack. It was our best performance for about three weeks, it just shows what a difference Lockers makes.”

Tomkins, who is now level with Charnley on 32 tries for the season, Blake Green, Matty Smith, Liam Farrell and Ryan Hampshire were Wigan’s other tryscorers, while Pat Richards kicked all eight conversions.