Last night 2019 Challenge Cup Finalists Warrington and St Helens claimed quarter-final wins. The pair will now be joined by the winners of Hull FC v Wigan and Castleford v Salford in the final four. Both the Wolves and the Saints were run close but both showed the attributes you need to win the cup. Well, that’s my view. How did social media see it?
In the first game of the night, it was Warrington’s defence that saw them claim victory over the Dragons. The Wolves were almost unbreakable and twitter agreed.
Catalan could have another 100+ plays in Warrington’s 10 and still come away with nothing #CCCatWar
— Liam Edwards (@LiamEdwards115) May 7, 2021
The star man for the Wolves was talisman Daryl Clark. He scored twice on the night and was superb.
Forgot to mention Daryl Clark but he's ALWAYS excellent so sometimes you forget quite how good he is.
— Ian Hale (@EpicallyFailing) May 7, 2021
Imagine Warrington without Daryl Clark.
— Rugby League Fan (@RLFan_XIII) May 7, 2021
Daryl Clark at his best easily best player in the league. Far too good for Super League
— Stephen Savage (@PerpignanFlyer) May 7, 2021
But perhaps the best thing he did for Warrington fans tonight was downplay the rumours linking him with a move to Gold Coast.
daryl clark dismissing the move to oz as rumours 🥰🥰🥰 wembleyyyyyyy
— gemma ☾ (@gemmabaxter7) May 7, 2021
That led to Wolves supporters demanding he get whatever he wants as the club look to keep him in Super League.
Give Daryl Clark whatever money he wants to stay at Warrington! https://t.co/i6CHw7RXeO
— Tim Galsworthy (@TimGalsworthy) May 7, 2021
He wasn’t the only one getting that kind of treatment. It was extended to teammate Toby King who was also outstanding.
Give Toby King and Daryl Clark whatever they want @WarringtonRLFC 🤞🏻
— Chris Rustage (@A_Wire_Abroad) May 7, 2021
Pay Toby King and Daryl Clark whatever they want. I’ll lend you a grand x @WarringtonRLFC
— Jonny Slack (@jonnyslack94) May 7, 2021
He received widespread praise so much so social media seemed to forget about Greg Inglis on his Challenge Cup debut.
Toby King’s alright isn’t he 👀
— Joseph Appleyard (@josephappleyar8) May 7, 2021
— Jamie (@iJMB117) May 7, 2021
The reigning Super League Champions didn’t have it so easy. Subsequently, many St Helens supporters were simply glad to be in the final four and almost dismissed their team’s performance. They gave respect to the opposition however.
— julie foster (@chestylarue1976) May 7, 2021
— Gordon Burns (@mrgordonburns) May 7, 2021
— Charlotte Griffiths (@charlg) May 7, 2021
Unsurprisingly the always impressive Regan Grace gained a lot of attention for his magnificent hat-trick and superb performance.
Regan Grace is OP 🔥🔥🔥
— Caleb 🔥 (@Calebxz) May 7, 2021
Bloody hell Saints heart in mouth at times there but hey ho, into the semis we go!
Regan Grace, awesome!! 🔴⚪️
— Mikey Thompson (@mikey30tommo) May 7, 2021
Regan Grace is going to be this generation’s Jason Robinson.
— Ross (@RossWilliams_) May 7, 2021
One or two St Helens fans weren’t best pleased with their team’s overall performance however no doubt worrying if their customary Challenge Cup choke will return in the semis.
Not sure Smith will be our next 9
Lomax is a joy to watch, fearless and skilful and a rugby brain like no other.
Regan Grace is limitless!
— Paul Caswell (@pcaswell63) May 7, 2021
The Giants deserve credit for their role in a brilliant game and had one or two brilliant performers including the fantastic Aidan Sezer. His performance led to an interesting observation especially with his future up in the air.
Aidan Sezer is what Saints are missing, fact!
— Matty Ross (@matty_ross7) May 7, 2021
With Theo Fages not yet offered a new deal at St Helens, could they make a move for Sezer?