Offiah flies higher

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Martin Offiah's ninth try hat-trick of the season yesterday helped haul Wigan closer to a four-trophy grand slam with a 48-16 Premiership defeat of Sheffield Eagles, who surprisingly led 12-0. Offiah has 52 tries in pursuit of the leading try-scorer title for the first time in a Wigan jersey. The stand-off, Frano Botica, finished with 20 points for Wigan.

St Helens moved within 80 minutes of their third Premiership final in five years with an impressive five-try show. Two of them came late through Steve Prescott and Alan Hunte to secure a 32-16 victory over Halifax.

STONES BITTER PREMIERSHIP: First division semi-finals: Wigan v Warrington; Leeds v St Helens. Second division semi-finals: Keighley v London Broncos or Whitehaven; Batley v Huddersfield. Ties to be played weekend of 12- 14 May.