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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Brown downs former club Widnes

Kevin Brown scored a hat-trick as Warrington Wolves edged out his former club Widnes Vikings 34-20 to reach the Challenge Cup quarter-finals Greg Burke went over to give the visitors a lead on 15 minutes but Warrington responded through Ryan Atkins and Brown, the latter after Rhys Hanbury had been sinbinned, to earn a 12-6 half time lead. Jay Chapelhow…

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Wigan book quarter-final spot

Wigan Warriors eased past Championship Swinton Lions 42-12 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. Joel Tomkins Liam Farrell, Joe Burgess and Liam Marshall touched down as Wigan raced into an 18-0 lead at the break. Grant Gore went over shortly after the restart with Chris Atkin’s goal cutting the deficit further but it wasn’t to…

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Castleford ease into cup quarter-finals

Castleford Tigers thrashed St Helens 53-10 as the Super League table-toppers moved into the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. Michael Shenton and Jake Webster went over for the hosts early on before St Helens replied through Ryan Morgan. Zeb Taia thought he had cut the lead further but his try was ruled out by the television match official and the Tigers ran riot…

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Saltonstall eyeing up try-scoring record to help Fax dump Featherstone out of the cup

James Saltonstall is hoping he can continue his incredible try-scoring form, and guide Halifax to the last eight of the Challenge Cup as a result. The Fax speedster is the Championship’s second top try scorer having crossed 13 times this season, and has notched in his last eight consecutive games. The Italy international is hoping he can extend that run…

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