Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Challenge Cup

Leeds are “ordinary”, says former Wolves skipper

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Former Warrington captain Kevin Ashcroft doesn’t see anything stopping the Wolves crushing Leeds Rhinos and getting to Wembley in this weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-final. Ashcroft, who played at Wembley in 1971 and 1973, described the Rhinos as “very ordinary” and doesn’t give them any chance of stopping Warrington. “Warrington will have the edge down the middle,’’ Ashcroft told the Manchester ... Read More »

Cast your vote: Who will contest the Challenge Cup final?

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In this week’s poll, provided by League Express newspaper, we’re asking you to predict who will win this weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-finals. Will it be the Castleford-Leeds showdown everyone in West Yorkshire wants, or the battle of the Cheshire clubs Warrington and Widnes? Cast your vote below and let us know what you think. The results will be in next ... Read More »

Hauraki to miss Challenge Cup semi-final

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Castleford Tigers back-rower Weller Hauraki will miss his club’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final after being handed a two-match suspension. Hauraki was given the ban, along with a £300 fine, after admitting a grade C offence of recklessly striking with his knees in a clash with Hull FC’s teenage stand-off Jordan Abdull in the Tigers’ 18-18 First Utility Super League draw ... Read More »

Kevin Brown will play in the Challenge Cup semi final

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Widnes playmaker Kevin Brown has been cleared to play in the Challenge Cup semi-final against Castleford a week on Sunday after shrugging off a knee injury. The 29-year-old was hit late by St Helens’ Sia Soliola in last week’s match and was taken off as a precaution. Fortunately for Vikings fans there seems to be no lasting damage and the ... Read More »

Comment: The Leeds loss really hurt Leigh

Leigh ran Leeds desperately close at Headingley.

This is an excerpt from a story published in this week’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a digital version to your computer or smartphone. At Saturday’s Wigan-Castleford Challenge Cup tie, Leigh coach Paul Rowley and scrum-half Ryan ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: Semi-final venues revealed

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The Rugby Football League (RFL) has announced the two stadiums set to host the semi-finals of the 2014 Challenge Cup. Leeds’ mouthwatering clash with Warrington will be held at Langtree Park – home of St Helens – while Castleford against Widnes will take place at Leigh Sports Village, home of the Centurions. Both ties will be televised on the BBC. ... Read More »

Betts happy to have avoided Leeds and Warrington

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This is an excerpt from a story published in this week’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a digital version to your computer or smartphone. Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts admits that his club has probably got the ... Read More »

Jon Clarke dreaming of Wembley send-off

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This is an excerpt from a story published in today’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a digital version to your computer or smartphone. Widnes Vikings captain Jon Clarke admits it would be a dream ending to his ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: Semi-final draw

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The draw for the semi-finals of the 2014 Challenge Cup was televised live on BBC Two. Here’s who will face off for the chance to lift the prestigious trophy at Wembley… Ties to be played on August 9th and 10th Widnes Vikings v Castleford Tigers Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves Want more Rugby League news and features? Subscribe to the ... Read More »

Rugby League reacts to another obstruction saga

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The Challenge Cup quarter-final between Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers has been the centre of yet another controversial obstruction farce, with a number of tries being chalked off due to the interpretation of the ruling. It is a hark back to the Super League clash between the Warriors and Salford Red Devils last month, where the video referee grabbed all ... Read More »