YORK City Knights Ladies breezed into the Women's Challenge Cup semi-finals with a 62-6 victory at Barrow Ladies in the last eight.

The Knights have struggled in the inaugural Women's Super League following their successful application to join the elite tier but they again showed they are far too good for the second division, comprehensively seeing off the side sat joint-second in the Championship.

Back up to near full-strength following recent injury woes, they notched 11 tries in all - although there was some confusion over the official final scoreline such was the romp.

Coach Daryl North was not overly pleased with his team's performance, however.

He said: "Obviously I'm pleased with the result. It just goes to show again that we were right to go into Super League - playing in the Championship would not have done us any good.

"We were very good in parts but we did not stick to the things we needed to work on to be ready for the Super League games.

"That was disappointing but, overall, the performance and effort I could not really fault."

The game was played on an Ostley Bank pitch with a hill in the middle and North joked: "It was a hell of a job to get out of your own half but once you reached half-way it was plain sailing."

Nat Carr led the try-scoring with a hat-trick, and there were touchdowns for Ellie Hendry, Ash Hyde (2), Bev Langan, Ellie Powell, Daisy Sanderson and Paige Stevens. Hendry was accredited with nine goals.

Hyde was the player of the match, followed by Sanderson and Carr.

Also into the semi-finals are Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigresses and Wigan Warriors - three of the current top four in Super League.

The Knights Ladies return to league action on Sunday with a tough task at Cas.