Stats Zone: Challenge Cup semi-final special
Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves – Saturday, 2:30pm KO
Leeds have not defeated Warrington in a Challenge Cup semi-final for over a century – since an 11-10 victory at Broughton in 1910. Warrington have won the last four meetings between the clubs at this stage since then.
Leeds are appearing in a record-equalling 45th Challenge Cup semi-final (shared with Wigan) on Saturday. The Rhinos have won 23 and lost 21 (a record) of their previous semi-finals.
Warrington are appearing in their 33rd Challenge Cup semi-final, having won 16 and lost 16 of their previous semi-finals.
Castleford Tigers v Widnes Vikings – Sunday, 3:00pm KO
Castleford are appearing in their 23rd Challenge Cup semi-final, having won 17 and lost 5 of their previous semi-finals.
Widnes are appearing in their 35th Challenge Cup semi-final, having won 21 and lost 13 of their previous semi-finals.
The last time the two sides met in a semi-final was way back in 1964 – and a replay was needed to split Widnes and Castleford on that occasion. After drawing 7-7 at Swinton in the initial game, Widnes won a replay 7-5 at Wakefield to progress to the final.
Individual Challenge Cup milestones
Micky Higham – 1 appearance away from 50 (3 for Leigh, 1999-2000; 15 for St Helens, 2001-2005; 9 for Wigan, 2006-2008 and 22 for Warrington, 2009-2014)
Marc Sneyd – 20 points away from 100 (52 for Salford, 2012-2013 and 28 for Castleford, 2014)
Ryan Atkins – 8 points away from 100 (16 for Wakefield, 2008 and 76 for Warrington, 2010-2014) (all from tries)
Danny McGuire – 12 points away from 100 (88 for Leeds, 2003-2006, 2008, 2010 & 2012-2014) (all from tries)
Ben Westwood – 12 points away from 100 (8 for Wakefield, 2002 and 80 for Warrington, 2004-2005 & 2008-2012)
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