LIVE BLOG: Challenge Cup Final

The 2014 Challenge Cup is finally here, and are ensuring you don’t miss a beat of the action with our exclusive live blog

photoThe teams are to your right, and the big news comes from the Castleford camp. Prop Craig Huby has come through an injury scare to play – and he’ll take the field just 13 days after dislocating his elbow against Widnes Vikings.

It means Garreth Carvell misses out though, and there’s also no place for Adam Milner, with Jamie Ellis taking a spot on the bench.

Leeds roll as expected, with the same 17 that Brian McDermott named as his side at the press conference on Monday.


4:37pm: DROP GOAL – That’s it! Leeds are going to win the Challenge Cup after a drop-goal from Danny McGuire settles proceedings.

4:26pm: TRY LEEDS – Could that be that? Ryan Hall goes in for his second, and the cup could be Leeds bound.

4:19pm: Craig Huby holding that left arm.. He’s about to come off..

4:05pm: TRY CAS – Now we have a cup final on our hands! Michael Shenton dances around Kallum Watkins before offloading to Oliver Holmes. Finn goals, and it’s 10-16. GAME ON!

3:45pm – HALF-TIME: Leeds 4-16 Castleford. One-sided stuff at Wembley unfortunately, and it’s been a sensational performance from Leeds.

3:27pm: TRY LEEDS – This is impressive stuff from the Rhinos, and what a score from Ryan Hall! He swatted Kirk Dixon away with ease before touching down. Sinfield misses, so it’s 4-16..

3:19pm: TRY LEEDS – Just two minutes later, Leeds have stretched their lead. Danny McGuire leaped high above Luke Dorn to touch down. Sinfield converts, meaning the score is now 4-12 in favour of Leeds.

3:15pm: TRY CAS – He has scored! The video referee gives the green light, and Cas get their first points of the final. Marc Sneyd misses a relatively easy conversion though, leaving it at 4-6..

3:12pm: Now then, has Daryl Clark scored? We’re going to the screen..

3:09pm: Castleford respond well though, and they force a drop-out after some good probing play..

3:05pm: Kevin Sinfield converts, so the score is Castleford 0-6 Leeds..

3:03pm: TRY LEEDS – Tom Briscoe goes over for the Rhinos after Cas cough up possession early on..

3:00pm: We’re underway! Leeds’ first set goes without a hitch..

2:15pm: Good afternoon from Wembley! Pre-match entertainment getting underway now as we all digest that team news. No Carvell – what do you make of that Cas fans? Get involved with the debate by signing in below and registering your comments..

2:30pm: Both teams out warming up to an incredible wall of noise at Wembley Stadium. The atmosphere is starting to build..

2:37pm: Warm-ups – and pre-match entertainment – well underway now. This promises to be something very special, but where’s your money? Comment below and let us know!

2:42pm: There’s now a pre-match display of 81 flags – one for each and every team that has participated in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup in 2014. Good to see.

2:50pm: The cup is out, and it’s time for Abide With Me. Stand by..

2:57pm: Handshakes – done. Abide With Me – done. Now just the national anthem..