Wigan set for Wembley return following victory over Salford

Wigan Warriors advanced to the Challenge Cup Final for a record 31st time following a 27-14 victory over Salford Red Devils. A strong second-half showing secured the Warriors’ passage to Wembley, with tries from Mickey McIlorum and Oliver Gildart securing victory. Shaun Wane’s men had stormed into a 12-0 lead thanks to tries through Gildart and Willie Isa, but the…

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QUIZ: Can you name all the Challenge Cup semi-final venues since 1980?

Seen as though it’s cup semi-final weekend, we thought we’d test your knowledge of rugby league’s most historic and proudest competition with a teaser of a quiz. This weekend, the sport is heading to Doncaster and Warrington for the semi-finals (see how nice we are? We’ve given you two straight away) – but they’re not the only venues to host…

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Leeds make nine changes for Challenge Cup semi-final

Brian McDermott has welcomed back nine key players for Leeds’ Challenge Cup semi-final with Hull FC. Captain Danny McGuire returns to the side after being one of several to miss the Rhinos’ defeat to Wigan, while Matt Parcell and Adam Cuthbertson are other high-profile names to return. Ryan Hall, Stevie Ward and Kallum Watkins have also been passed fit to…

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The Big Debate: Should the Challenge Cup semi-finals be a double-header?

This week’s big debate on TotalRL is, perhaps somewhat inevitably, cup-related. With the Challenge Cup semi-finals taking place this weekend, we’re asking the question: should the semi-finals of the sport’s most prestigious event become a double-header and take place on the same day? As always, there are pros and cons to the argument – and we welcome your interaction. Tweet…

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How not to market the Challenge Cup!

“We’re conscious that the Challenge Cup has lost its shine. It’s probably become our third biggest property. Magic Weekend has overtaken it in terms of fans and we’re conscious of that. There’s a lot we’ve got to sit down and discuss. We’ll look at all the available options and safeguard the event.” Those are the words of Super League chief executive Roger…

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Challenge Cup quarter-final draw

Defending champions Hull FC will host Super League table-toppers Castleford Tigers in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. Cas’ put over half a century of points past St Helens to book their place in the last eight while Hull FC’s 62-0 victory over Catalans Dragons gifts Rugby League fans a mouth-watering tie in the next round. Warrington’s reward for dispatching…

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Leeds comfortably dispatch of League One Raiders

Leeds Rhinos recorded 13 tries as they comprehensively dispatched of Barrow Raiders 72-10, booking their place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals. Joel Moon completed a first half hat-trick with Ryan Hall, Matt Parcell and Ash Handley opening up a 32-4 half time lead, Luke Cresswell with Barrow’s reply. Handley completed his brace early in the second half before Stevie Ward took Leeds over the…

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