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Rugby League: Smarting Wigan ought to humble weak Cumbrians.

Byline: By Rod Studd

IT may not have the vital importance of the match played on the JJB Stadium pitch yesterday, but either Wigan or Whitehaven will complete the Challenge Cup quarter-final line-up tonight.

The Warriors will surely take another step on the road to Wembley, while the Cumbrians will receive a timely boost to their bank balance.

Earlier this month they revealed that they had been just a day away from going bust. Things are more stable now off the field - on it their aim tonight is respectability.

Haven are without broken bone victims David Fatialofa, Leroy Joe and Carl Sice, and Wigan ought to be able to cover a handicap in the mid-30s.

TheWarriors will still be smarting after their Cardiff capitulation against St Helens. They are a better side than that, though. It's only five games ago that they won at Leeds and Super League fitness ought to tell late on.

Wigan have Gareth Hock back from suspension and youngster Sam Tomkins is set to replace Thomas Leuluai, who has been on Test duty with New Zealand.

A hat-trick from Danny McGuire broke Harlequins' hearts at The Stoop yesterday and sent Leeds into the quarter-finals. Quins had fought back from 24-4 down to lead 26-24 with three minutes remaining, but late tries from Jamie Peacock and McGuire spared Rhinos' blushes.

Recommendation Wigan -34 1pt 8-11 Paddy Power
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 12, 2008
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