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Cup win will be gift for Maguire: Carmont

James Martin 25/07/2011 10:19:41 AM Comments (0)

George Carmont has called on Wigan to win the Challenge Cup as a parting gift for coach Michael Maguire before he leaves for South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The 33-year-old centre, who played 83 times for the Newcastle Knights, had a hand in three of the Warriors' eight tries as they ended Warrington's bid to win the Cup for a third successive season with a 44-24 quarter-final win.

Ex-Wests Tigers wing Pat Richards booted six goals and scored two tries for a personal points tally of 20 while centre Josh Charnley followed suit in crossing twice for Wigan.

To their credit, the Wolves came close to edging in front of Wigan thanks mainly to a double from centre Matt King, who like Maguire is also off to the Rabbitohs next season, but they couldn't quite complete the comeback.

And Carmont, who signed a new one year deal with Wigan this month, wants them to not only concentrate on retaining their Super League crown but also adding the Challenge Cup to it in Maguire's last season.

"The Challenge Cup has got a lot of history and tradition, especially where Wigan is involved, and it means a lot to the boys," Carmont said.

"We have a good group of people at the club and Michael has been great since he has been here. As a group of people, it would be good to win it this year.

"I think everyone knows how much it means to each other and everyone is doing their best to try to go down in history as one of the Wigan teams to win the Challenge Cup.

"But we know we can't look too far ahead. It is back to work next week and back into the Super League and we have got to take each week as it comes."

Wigan, who have won the Challenge Cup 17 times including eight straight between 1986 and 1995, will face St Helens in the semi-finals after they made light work of seeing off Hull KR 54-6.

Saints ran in 10 tries to Rovers' one -- including one from New Zealander Iosia Soliola -- to reach the last four for the 11th successive time, leaving coach Royce Simmons to reflect on the club's Challenge Cup pedigree.

"It is hard to single out one particular player after a performance like that. A lot of the guys performed close to their best and that is going to result in a good team performance," Simmons said.

"We have never spoken about 11 semi-finals in a row, it was all about players preparing to get this job done and they did just that.

"But I do remember my dad waking me up as a young kid to watch the Challenge Cup on TV back home in Australia. It would be fantastic to get to Wembley."

Castleford coach Terry Matterson will also bid farewell at the end of the season and his Tigers saw off Huddersfield 22-18 to set up a last four clash with Leeds, who beat Hull 38-22.

"It doesn't matter if it's my last year, my first year or my third year or whatever, you want to get as far as you can," Matterson said.

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