BRADFORD BULLS crashed out of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup despite a spirited performance against Warrington Wolves, which saw them go down 46-10 on home soil.
Tony Smith's Wolves led 18-4 at the interval but required something more in order to seal their place in the competition's last four.
The Bulls, however, began the second period brightly and looked set to perform a fightback courtesy of an early response.
However, a mistake from the resulting restart allowed the Wolves to cancel out Bradford's score.
And the away side never looked back, leaving the Bulls to ponder what might have been while Warrington advanced.
The Wolves opened the scoring through Richie Myler, 15 minutes in, but were pegged back by an Elliot Kear reply.
But a pair of tries saw the men from Lancashire into a 14-point half-time advantage, as Ryan Atkins and Matty Russell touched down in quick succession.
First blood went to Bradford after the break, as Luke George raced 60 metres to give the Bulls faithful hope.
Though that was as good as it got for the home side and their supporters.
A Gene Ormsby try helped steady the ship for Warrington, before tries from Myler, Joel Monaghan – who bagged a double – and Ben Currie helped the visitors successfully avenge their league defeat at the Provident Stadium, which came back in May.
Adam Henry returned to action, replacing Dale Ferguson, while Adam O’Brien deputised for the ineligible Antonio Kaufusi in just two changes from the Bulls side which beat Wakefield Trinity Wildcats last weekend.
Bradford went into the game on a high after that win but it was Warrington who dominated late on, ensuring a comfortable triumph.
Chris Bridge sent Gene Ormsby over in the corner on 51 minutes, before Scott Grix had a try ruled out for offside.
However, the decisive, knock-out blow came when the visitors scored back to back tries to silence the home support.
Richie Myler took advantage of slow marking to scoot over from acting-half, before former Bull Bridge fed Monaghan outwide to send the away support into raptures.
The hosts had run out of steam, but the visitors were not finished there.
Monaghan went over for his second after a brilliant Stefan Ratchford break to increase the Wolves’ lead.
And Ben Currie was the next beneficiary of a deflated and weary Bulls defence, breaking through from 10 metres out to confirm Warrington’s place in the impending in the Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-finals.
BULLS: Lee Gaskell, Elliot Kear, Matty Blythe, Adrian Purtell, Luke George, Danny Addy, Luke Gale, Manase Manuokafoa, Matt Diskin, Chev Walker, Tom Olbison, Jay Pitts, James Donaldson, Jamal Fakir, Adam Sidlow, Adam O’Brien, Adam Henry.
TRIES: Kear (20), George (46)
GOALS: Gale 1/2
WOLVES: Matthew Russell, Rhys Evans, Joel Monaghan, Ryan Atkins, Gene Ormsby, Chris Bridge, Richie Myler, Chris Hill, Michael Monaghan, Anthony England, Ben Harrison, Ben Currie, Stefan Ratchford, Simon Grix, Micky Higham, Roy Asotasi, Ben Evans
TRIES: Myler (15, 61), Atkins (23), Russell (27), Ormsby (51), Monaghan (63, 69), Currie (72)
GOALS: Bridge 7/8
REFEREE: Phil Bentham