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Late drama settles classic cup tie between Catalans and Warrington

In a repeat of the 2018 Challenge Cup Final two of the top four collided in Perpignan in a rematch of their Easter encounter which ended with a Gil Dudson red card.

After a tight 15 minutes the Wolves opened the scoring as George Williams and Stefan Ratchford combined and the latter flicked the ball to Matty Ashton to score.

The Wolves then doubled their money as Williams shrugged off defenders before finding Matt Dufty to score.

The Wolves looked headed to the quarter-finals at this stage but eventually a lovely ball from Mike McMeeken saw Arthur Romano cross to make it 12-6 at the break.

Just before halftime Peter Mata’utia had a try disallowed for obstruction.

After an early chance in the second half from the Wolves to extend their lead, it was Catalans who battled back with Tom Johnstone diving over in the corner to trim the deficit to 12-10 with Arthur Mourgue unable to to convert.

The Dragons however were soon down to 12 as Michael McIlorum was shown a yellow card but his absence mattered little as Matt Ikuvalu continued his brilliant start to life in Super League to give the Dragons a 14-12 lead completing the comeback. Mourgue again missed the conversion which would prove crucial as in the dying moments Matty Ashton crossed for his second to complete a dramatic classic cup tie and send Warrington into the final eight.

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