Thursday, October 23, 2014
Rugby League News

Challenge Cup

Smith: It’s only fair Sinfield is playing

Tony-Smith

Warrington boss Tony Smith believes Kevin Sinfield’s two-match ban for a headbutt on Luke Dorn a fortnight ago was the right decision and insists he’s glad it didn’t force the Leeds Rhinos captain out of Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final. “Any more than two games with his impeccable record would have been wrong,” Smith told the Yorkshire Evening Post. Click here ... Read More »

Rhinos must be at their best, says Aiton

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Leeds hooker Paul Aiton believes the Rhinos must be on top of their game to get past Warrington and progress to the Challenge Cup final, but says his side are determined to do so. The Super League giants lock horns on Saturday for a place at Wembley. “Warrington are a great team,” the Papua New Guinean told the Yorkshire Evening ... Read More »

Cup pressure won’t be too much for Cas, says winger

Kirk-Dixon

Castleford winger Kirk Dixon says the occasion of a Challenge Cup semi final won’t be too big for the Tigers, who plan to feed off their experienced players to learn how to cope with the pressure. The attacking West Yorkshire side take on Widnes on Sunday for a place at Wembley – their second semi-final appearance in four seasons. However, ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: Ormsby brimming with confidence ahead of semi

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Warrington Wolves winger Gene Ormsby is full of confidence ahead of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds Rhinos at Langtree Park on Saturday (2.30pm). After a hard-fought victory against Catalan Dragons on Friday night in Perpignan and winning eight games out of their last 10, Ormsby believes the Wolves are the form team going into Saturday’s game. “We had ... Read More »

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

Weller-Hauraki

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

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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. 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 »