Kevin Penny and Ben Currie both claimed two tries apiece as Super League big guns Warrington eased into the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a 52-10 win at Championship club Dewsbury.
The eight-time winners of the trophy, with a rich recent history including three successes since 2009, scored five tries in the first half to put an end to any fears of a major shock, then added another five after the break.
The part-time Rams were heavily hamstrung by a glut of their leading players being ruled out through either injury, an international call or being cup-tied. Coach Glyn Morrison claimed he had up to 14 names unavailable for inclusion on his team-sheet.
The first meeting between the two sides in almost 30 years began, as expected, with Wolves’ power and pace looking too much for the Rams with Brad Dwyer dummying his way over from close range.
Joel Farrell almost levelled matters shortly afterwards when he picked up the ball from the base of a scrum and darted across the whitewash but the loose forward was held up by the scrambling Wolves’ defence.
Seconds later Dewsbury did get on the scoreboard when they were awarded a penalty and half-back James Delaney, one of a trio of young debutants, opted to kick the two points.
But four tries in eight minutes – from Ryan Atkins, Ashton Sims, Currie and Declan Patton – set the visitors on the road to victory.
Chris Bridge missed the opening two conversions on his 250th career appearance, but was on target with the following three to give Wolves a 26-2 advantage.
A Toby Adamson break down the right lifted home morale and Farrell was not to be denied a second time when diving over for the Rams’ only try just after the half-hour mark. Delaney added the conversion.
Penny increased Wolves’ lead after the restart with two almost identical tries in four minutes.
Bridge, who eventually took his goal tally to six, also went over, and further tries were added by Richie Myler and Currie.
Ryan Hepworth was held up and Rob Spicer went close for the battling Rams, who continued to strive manfully for more points until the end and were rewarded with another penalty from Delaney in the final minute.
Dewsbury: Forsyth, Grant, Beckett, Dunn, Scott, Glover, Delaney, Haggerty, Wright, Smith, Hale, T. Adamson, Farrell. Substitutes: McLocklan, Spicer, Hepworth, Aizue.
Warrington: Penny, Monaghan, Bridge, Atkins, Ormsby, Patton, Myler, Hill, Dwyer, Sims, Currie, Westwood, Harrison. Substitutes: Laithwaite, O’Brien, England, G. King.
Referee: M Thomason (RFL).