SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Leeds v St Helens (8pm, Sky Sports) Leeds have left fullback Ashton Golding out of their squad to play St Helens on Friday night. That means a likely recall for Jack Walker, St Helens – in their final game before Ben Barba’s 12-match suspension comes to an end – have made just one change to their 19-man squad. Tommy Lee…

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TotalRL Team of the Week: Super League Super 8s Round Two

Fullback: Zak Hardaker (Castleford) Hardaker continues to set the benchmark as the competition’s best fullback in both attack and defence: and he was outstanding last Friday as Castleford beat Salford to move in on the League Leaders’ Shield. Wing: Tom Davies (Wigan) The young Wigan winger scored a remarkable try during the Warriors’ win against Huddersfield: he now appears in…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s games

Leeds v Wigan (8pm, Sky Sports) Brett Delaney makes a welcome return for Leeds, with Josh Jordan-Roberts missing out. Wigan make two changes from the side that defeated Salford in the Challenge Cup, with youngsters Jack Wells and Josh Ganson replacing Joel Tomkins (groin) and Sam Powell (suspension). Liam Farrell retains his place in the squad despite not recovering in…

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Hull on the match to Wembley after Leeds victory

Hull FC have gained a convincing victory over Leeds Rhinos, winning 43-24 today at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium to return to Wembley to defend the Challenge Cup after their first Wembley victory last year. In a match that had some thrilling tries and superb rugby the black and whites finally ran away with the game after the Rhinos had mounted a…

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Back-to-back finals would be “phenomenal achievement”, says Lee Radford

Hull coach Lee Radford insists back-to-back Challenge Cup finals would be a “phenomenal achievement” ahead of their semi-final showdown with Leeds today. The reigning cup holders are within 80 minutes of a return to the scene of their greatest triumph – Wembley Stadium, where they won the cup 12 months ago with a dramatic victory over Warrington. And Radford, who…

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Hull can become a “champion team” by defending Challenge Cup, says Danny Houghton

It takes a champion team to successfully defend the Challenge Cup – that’s the view of Hull hooker Danny Houghton, who insists the Black and Whites are just two games away from something altogether special in the competition. Hull fans will never forget the scenes at Wembley 12 months ago when they lifted the Challenge Cup at the national stadium…

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Leeds v Hull FC: Three key battles in Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final

The first of two mouthwatering Challenge Cup semi-finals pits the two most recent cup winners against one another – and the big key battles are undoubtedly going to have a huge say in who progresses to Wembley. Will it be reigning holders Hull? Or will it be 2014 and 2015 champions Leeds? Here’s the battles we think could swing it..…

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Leeds v Hull FC: All the stats and analysis ahead of the first Challenge Cup semi-final

Key Stats Saturday’s game will be the eighth Challenge Cup meeting between the sides since 2000 – Hull’s only win in that period came in the 2005 Final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Hull FC are appearing in their 26th Challenge Cup semi-final, having won 16 and lost 9 of their previous semi-finals. Leeds are appearing in a record-equalling (tied with…

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