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Challenge Cup fifth round: Tony Smith delighted with Chris Bridge and Kevin Penny
Chris was on fire today. He was terrific. He was keen to step into the stand-off position when he heard Stefan (Ratchford) was out and he's backed that up with a very good performance.
Smith on Bridge
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Warrington coach Tony Smith praised the contributions of stand-off Chris Bridge and winger Kevin Penny after his side cruised into the quarter-finals of the Tetley's Challenge Cup with a 68-0 thrashing of Doncaster.
Bridge finished with a personal haul of 36 points - he scored four tries and also landed 10 goals from 12 attempts - and Penny also claimed a hat-trick of tries in the rout of Championship opponents at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Smith said: "Chris was on fire today. He was terrific. He was keen to step into the stand-off position when he heard Stefan (Ratchford) was out and he's backed that up with a very good performance.
"He was one of the shining lights, but there were plenty of them today and another was Kevin Penny.
"Kevin read the play very well and was smart in the way he turned up for his tries and he's progressing well."
The Warrington boss was also full of praise for their opponents, who put in a spirited display despite not troubling the scoreboard.
"Doncaster could easily have thrown the towel in, but they made us earn every point out there today," he continued.
"I didn't think they gifted us anything. They fought really hard and I can see why they are sitting high in the Championship because they have a real spirit about them and some talented players as well.
"But it was professional and committed performance from us because we could quite easily have dropped off at some stage but we didn't and that's evident with the nil scoreline."
Doncaster coach Paul Cooke was proud of his players' efforts but says his side must now focus on their Championship campaign.
"I was really proud of the way we stuck in there and the way they gave everything, but we were just overwhelmed and it's a learning curve for our players," he said.
"We caused Warrington some problems for around 15 minutes in the first half, but they are a very good team and it's certainly an experience my players will remember."
Cooke did not select himself for the cup tie and also rested a number of his key players.
The Doncaster coach added: "We will quickly move on from this, though, because, with all due respect to the competition, we were never going to win it and it's vital we don't let today's result affect us for the next month to six weeks.
"I know more than anyone else how great this competition is, but, when there are five teams relegated from the division we are in, you have to look after number one."
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|Saturday 7th March|
|14:00||Elland vs Featherstone Lions|
|14:00||Wath Brow vs Newcastle Thunder|
|14:00||Oulton Raiders vs Normanton Knights|
|14:30||Leigh Miners Rangers vs West Hull|
|15:00||London Skolars vs Swinton|
|17:00||Kells vs Rochdale Hornets|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Barrow vs Keighley|
|14:00||South Wales vs York|
|14:30||North Wales Crusaders vs Widnes West Bank|
|14:30||Hemel Stags vs Oxford|
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