Wigan Warriors face nervous disciplinary wait after red card in cup final precursor

Wigan centre Adam Keighran was sent off at Warrington.
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Wigan Warriors could be without Adam Keighran at Wembley next week after the centre was red carded in Saturday's win at Warrington Wolves. The Cherry and Whites held on for a 19-18 victory over the Wire in a precursor of next weekend's Challenge Cup final.

In what was an entertaining clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington fielded a young side with four debuts handed out, whereas Wigan were much the stronger outfit—at least on paper. Sam Burgess' outfit didn't follow the script early on, though, as a spirited account saw them build a 12-0 lead. However, Wigan pegged them back to lead 19-12 at half-time, with Keighran seeing red in the second half after a hefty tackle on Aaron Lindop.

Keighran, who hit a falling Lindop high with direct shoulder contact to the head, now faces a nervous wait ahead of Monday's Match Review Panel verdict and will almost certainly be charged for the tackle.

The severity of the grading will grab plenty of attention, with the centre ever-present for Wigan so far this year. Elsewhere, Tyler Dupree could be set for a charge as well after what looked like a headbutt at the play of the ball. The Wigan prop lashed out at former teammate Sam Powell in the first half.

Liam Marshall also took a bang to the knee in the second half, but the winger should be okay to continue after finishing the game. Wigan's victory, meanwhile, keeps them level with points at St Helens at the top of the Super League table.

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