Noble Pleased with Cup Progress

Wigan Warriors progressed through to the Semi-Fianl of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with a 28-6 win over Salford City Reds at the JJB Stadium on Friday night.

Speaking afterwards Head Coach Brian Noble said,

"I thought had we been a bit more clinical in the first half we could have had some more points. In the second half our shape was a whole lot better and we attacked better, I was pleased.

"We haven't been too bad in our last two games, I was delighted for the players because we practised hard this week, the fruits were there for all to see. Salford have been going really well, we expected a tussle and we certainly got that in the first half. If you clock off they can damage you, they can make some opportunities.

"We were also clinical without the ball. If we get our fair share of the ball, as I've said a few times this year we are not a bad team. I think the players are realising that.

"All in all I thought it was a terrific team performance. I thought O'Loughlin and Hock were outstanding."

Asked about the Cup and the next round, Brian added,

"Somebody told me the semi-finals are nine weeks away. We can put this now on the back burner. We are in the hat which is the main thing. Semis can go any way. Our next couple of games in the league are imortant for us, we need to get back to winning ways in the Super League and we might go into the second half of the season in a good position in the semi final of the Challenge Cup and also in the top 8."

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