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Summary

  1. Salford reach Challenge Cup semi-finals for the first time in 19 years
  2. Lannon, Murdoch-Masila and Evalds tries gave Salford 20-0 HT lead
  3. Johnson and Kopczak extended advantage, Finn grabbed consolation
  4. Wakefield had won 34-24 when the sides met in Super League earlier this month
  5. Wakefield were beaten semi-finalists last season

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By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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Salford's upward curve continues

FT: Salford 30-6 Wakefield

Salford celebrate
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Salford make their first semi-final in 19 years and it's a huge fillip to head coach Ian Watson that he has delivered a big event to the club.

Just 80 minutes separate the Red Devils from Wembley now, but holding onto their challenge on both league and cup fronts will be a test of squad depth and character for the next six weeks.

Wakefield's cup run comes to an end but there's still plenty to play for in Super League, and they will be hopeful that their absentees return to fitness sooner rather than later.

Not a bad way to kick off the quarter finals eh? Join us across the weekend for the rest of the ties to see who will join the Red Devils in the final four.

Until then, good night.

What else to expect this weekend

FT: Salford 30-6 Wakefield

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There are three more ties to come of course after tonight's match up.

Leeds Rhinos, winners as recently as 2015, welcome Featherstone Rovers to Headingley tomorrow night. It will get underway at 20:00 BST with commentary from BBC Radio Leeds.

On Saturday, two of Super League's off-colour big guns look to lift their seasons when Warrington Wolves host Wigan Warriors. That one goes off at 15:00 BST on BBC One.

Last but certainly not least, holders Hull FC take on league leaders Castleford Tigers on Sunday in a mouthwatering tie. Kick-off is at 1500 BST on BBC Two.

Why not follow all three of those games here on the BBC? We'd love your company.

Post-match reaction

FT: Salford 30-6 Wakefield

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

"We looked clueless for most parts of that game. Completion rates were abysmal and we got what we deserved.

"We're out of bodies. Adam Walker shouldn't have played tonight and we're down to 16 fit players.

"I don't want to use any excuses. Salford were by far the better side tonight and were worthy winners."

FT: Salford 30-6 Wakefield

Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Salford are a threat with the ball and when they defend like that they are going to be a tough side to stop.

They have got a lot of guys who are playing the best rugby of their career and it's a real challenge for sides to stop them.

Post-match reaction

FT: Salford 30-6 Wakefield

Salford forward Mark Flanagan told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

"I thought we were outstanding, especially in that first 40 minutes. We knew we had to come with an aggressive mentality and it was a really good team performance.

"We did the basics right tonight. In the last few weeks our completion rates haven't been as high and we've probably been a bit soft in defence.

"This has probably been the best performance since the start of last season and it's a really happy dressing room. When confidence is high and you're playing well, there's no better place to be."

Salford Reds are rising

FT: Salford 30-6 Wakefield

Craig Kopczak and Ben Murdoch-Masila
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As the terrace chant goes, Salford ARE rising.

Second-place in Super League, in large swathes of the season they've been hugely dominant in attack and they defend hard with some big boppers.

They deserve a big audience, they'll get that in the Challenge Cup semi-finals as they come under the national focus in the most prestigious club competition in the world.

Full time

Salford 30-6 Wakefield

At times it was very, very good and then a bit scrappy but the end result is Salford go into the semi-finals.

They did the damage with five tries - Ryan Lannon, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Niall Evalds, Greg Johnson and Craig Kopczak all crossing for Ian Watson's side.

Liam Finn's reply was a rare moment to cheer for Wakefield who looked a shadow of the team that has put them in touching distance in the top four.

Salford 30-6 Wakefield

Shame this game is ending in a flurry of scrappy phases.

Salford have done what they need to and just want the hooter to go to secure their spot. Wakefield will want shower, food, bus. Off.

Salford 30-6 Wakefield

Todd Carney slides a kick out 25 metres away from the Wakefield line. Scrum head and feed to the visitors.

It eats up seconds, turns Wakefield round and Salford exercising their control of this game.

Salford 30-6 Wakefield

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What kind of finish are we going to have here? Salford rip-snorting score to send through with a flourish or Wakefield clawing a few points to restore some pride?

Salford mop up another set with four to go.

TRY (Finn, con Finn)

Salford 30-6 Wakefield

Very odd try there from Liam Finn.

Sam Williams' kick ahead was hopeful but Mason Caton-Brown chased it hard and took the ball to within sight of the line.

Ball came loose, Finn swooped and scored. Added the conversion. Not much of a cheer to be honest from the Wakefield contingent.

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

Scott Grix knocks on and gifts Salford a scrum from 10 metres out...

The home side want a knock-out blow. To go through with a bang.

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

Salford not quite going through the motions, they are still have a pop but they don't need to push it.

Another sweet kick gets another drop out. Salford just toying with Wakefield now.

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

Wakefield run out of ideas on that last set.

Robert Lui makes way for Todd Carney to a standing ovation. Magnificent display.

I spoke to Michael Shenton at Castleford this week, who admitted it's hard to keep up the intensity when you're hammering a team.

The same could be said for Salford tonight.

64 mins

Ryan Brierley

Ex-Huddersfield stand-off on BBC Radio Leeds

Wakefield have spent a lot of time going sideways.

When things aren't going your way and your gameplan isn't working you get into bad habits and try things you shouldn't.

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

Salford hold Wakefield out, but that was more encouraging from Trinity.

Junior Sa'u coughs up a ball with a silly flick. Wakefield scrum head and feed.

Still well down on the board but this is a purple patch for the Trinity. Ish.

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

Salford ended a set with an uncharacteristically poor kick. And Wakefield made it pay.

Liam Finn hammers a 40/20 and Wakefield are in range... Scott Grix's kick results in a scrum head and feed for the Trin 10 metres out...

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

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Good to hear me and Alan Hunte are on the same wavelength.

Meanwhile, Salford are still hammering on the Wakefield door despite holding a huge lead.

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

Alan Hunte

Ex-Great Britain winger on BBC Radio Manchester

If this was a boxing match, Wakefield would have thrown the towel in by now or the referee would have stopped it.

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

We've got 25 minutes or so left of this... it is one of those where you think 'Can't we just stop it? Surrender perhaps?'.

This is rugby league and it's ruthless and brutal. Beautiful many times too.

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

Reece Lyne 'knocks on' but it looks suspiciously like a strip...

Wakefield defending again. Salford scrum head and feed.

They sense another try is coming...

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

Mason Caton-Brown almost in for a big score for Wakefield as he went airborne but found himself quite in touch.

Credit to Robert Lui who hared across to make a challenge.

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

Alan Hunte

Ex-Great Britain winger on BBC Radio Manchester

Salford are unstoppable. They look controlled in what they are doing, everyone is on the same page.

Salford are winning this game at a canter - Wakefield look blown out of the water and it doesn't look like a game between two top-five teams.

TRY (Kopczak, con Dobson)

Salford 30-0 Wakefield

Craig Kopczak scores
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Thirty points up for Salford after one of their powerful forwards Craig Kopczak clatters over the line.

Robert Lui switched the angle of the attack again and the Wales prop scorched through to score.

All came off a Wakefield mistake then as Mason Caton-Brown instinctively played at a poor Rob Lui kick and what was going to be a Wakefield scrum went the other way. Fate.

Salford 24-0 Wakefield

Alan Hunte

Ex-Great Britain winger on BBC Radio Manchester

Salford pressure, Salford points have been coming throughout the game.

You couldn't see Wakefield stopping Salford scoring in this second half.

It was a stupendous pass from Ben Murdoch-Masila out of the back of the hand to Greg Johnson and I believe there are plenty more points to come.

TRY (Johnson)

Salford 24-0 Wakefield

Greg Johnson
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GAME OVER. I'll eat some big humble pie if not.

Salford work a lovely move to the right, Robert Lui putting Ben Murdoch-Masila through a hole on a short-ball and he raced into space.

Wakefield scrambled well but BMM then flicked a nonchalant pass into the path of Greg Johnson who raced across the stripe. Celebrations behind the posts, they have one foot in the semi-final.

Salford 20-0 Wakefield

Interesting to see Craig Huby kicking on the last for Wakefield. Not sure that's the plan for success. Wasn't that bad a kick actually.

Michael Dobson hoists up a teaser on the last in the subsequent set and Wakefield have to drop out AGAIN.

Kick-off

Salford 20-0 Wakefield

Salford clubb it down field from Michael Dobson's boot and Wakefield take the ball in.

Has the teamtalk from Chris Chester and John Kear worked? We shall see...

Too many pivots to choose

HT: Salford 20-0 Wakefield

Michael Dobson
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Salford's pack have done a great job up front in dominating and getting on the front foot but you still need the link players and there are a host of players ready to step up and dictate.

It says a lot about Robert Lui and Michael Dobson and their combination that they can leave Dally M winner Todd Carney on the bench.

Throw in the emerging Kris Brining, and Logan Tomkins out of dummy half and the Red Devils can hit and hurt teams from anywhere.

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Absentees hurting Trinity?

HT: Salford 20-0 Wakefield

David Fifita
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They're not the only ones suffering a glut of injuries by any means but Wakefield do have a significant chunk of salary cap spend looking on from the plastic seats rather than stood in the defensive line.

From a Trinity perspective you'd like to have seen lads like big David Fifita running in and testing Salford, but he's not available and the other props need to step up.

HT: Salford 20-0 Wakefield

Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Salford celebrate
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It's been a composed, aggressive and energetic performance from Salford.

Everything they have done has been clinical, they've moved the ball, challenged Wakefield and scored points - it's been the near perfect performance from Salford.

Salford, by some way, have been the better side and Wakefield have some serious thinking to do at half-time.

Trinity's Challenge Cup talisman

HT: Salford 20-0 Wakefield

John Kear
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Few people have as many chapters written in the history of the Challenge Cup than the man above - John Kear - who's sat up in the stands with Wakefield's coaching staff.

It was the inspirational Kear who led Sheffield Eagles to upset the form book in beating Wigan in 1998, the same for Hull's Cardiff triumph against hotly-fancied Leeds in 2005 and he was even involved as assistant coach at Castleford when Mal Reilly's side won the 1986 final against Hull KR.

Kear's arrival at Wakefield from Batley in 2017 to take up a head of rugby role has coincided with a push for the Super League top four, and of course progress to the last eight of the Challenge Cup.

He and Chris Chester have some big work to do to sort this one out though...

Half-time

Salford 20-0 Wakefield

The hooter cannot come soon enough for Wakefield Trinity. They have been outgunned and out-thought by the Red Devils.

No points to show from a disappointing first-half for Trinity, Salford in control.

Salford 20-0 Wakefield

Salford bung a loose ball out, Wakefield follow suit. Scrappy end to the half.

Mind you, Salford are lining up one last crack with the scrum head and feed...

Salford 20-0 Wakefield

Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

When Niall Evalds gets the ball in hand, he's a dangerous runner.

His agility is incredible. He stepped off his left, stepped off his left again and showed the power to get to the line.

That is Niall Evalds' strong suit and the reason he's in this side.

TRY (Evalds, con Dobson)

Salford 20-0 Wakefield

Niall Evalds scores
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Salford might just have booked their semi-final place, even with 40+ minutes remaining.

Lovely sliding move to the left found Niall Evalds chiming into the line and with Wakefield expecting the ball to continue out wide, Evalds checked back in with excellent footwork to dance his way across.

On this evidence so far, Wakefield will be going out of the cup. Sorry Trin fans.

Salford 14-0 Wakefield

Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Wakefield have been relatively toothless. They've not had a lot of ball but when they have they've made errors, although you have to credit the Salford defence.

Wakefield need half-time. If Salford score again you can't help but feel the game is out of reach.

Salford 14-0 Wakefield

Trinity are getting chances here but their past two sets have ended in an unforced error.

Salford look content and unruffled, even when Wakefield are slugging it out before them.

There's been no space for Wakefield's speedy backline to have a go so far, and their forwards have failed to get over the top of their opposite numbers.

Salford 14-0 Wakefield

Craig Huby's sleight of hand to Kyle Wood is perhaps the best thing of the night so far. Sensational skills.

Wakefield put on a couple of shifts wide but lose the ball in the end of the set and Salford can just clear their lines on their next six-tackle phase to pin the visitors back in their end.