Saints and Leeds to clash in Cup semi-finals

Holders Leeds Rhinos will continue their defence of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a semi-final showdown against St Helens.

The other semi-final sees Warrington Wolves face Hull Kingston Rovers for the right to feature in the historic 2015 final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 29, a date which also marks the sport’s 120th birthday.

The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup will break new ground this year with a live Friday night semi-final on BBC TV on Friday July 31 with the second televised semi-final taking place on Saturday August 1.

Leeds, who reached the last four of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious with a 24-6 victory over Hull FC on Friday, were paired with the First Utility Super League champions when the semi-final draw was conducted live on BBC Two this afternoon.

Saints will face Leeds in confident mood of reaching the final for the first time since 2008 following their 36-20 defeat of Widnes Vikings.

Warrington, Wembley winners in 2009, 2010 and 2012, booked their semi-final place with a 34-24 win against Leigh Centurions on Saturday whilst Hull KR, who last won the Challenge Cup in 1980, reached the last four by defeating Catalans Dragons 32-26.

The draw was conducted by two-time Man of Steel Paul Sculthorpe MBE and TV presenter and former professional footballer Chris Kamara.

Details of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final venues and ticket prices and availability will be confirmed in the next 48 hours.

The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final draw is as follows:

Leeds Rhinos v St Helens

Warrington Wolves v Hull Kingston Rovers

Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals Scoreboard

Hull Kingston Rovers 32 Catalans Dragons 26
Rovers: T – Sio (8, 65), Dixon (16), Kelly (19), Horne (29); G – Mantellato 6/7
Dragons: T – Inu (35, 56), Taia (50), Henderson (67), Whitehead (78); G – Dureau 3/5
Half-time 26-4 Attendance 6,073 (played Thursday)

Hull FC 6 Leeds Rhinos 24
Hull: T – Abdull (76); G – Rankin 1/1
Rhinos: T – Moon (6), Watkins (43), Hardaker (71); G – Sinfield 6/8
Half-time 0-10 Attendance 9,261 (played Friday)

Warrington Wolves 34 Leigh Centurions 24
Wolves: T – Sims (8), Currie (19, 70), Penny (41, 44), King (56); G – O’Brien 4/5, Westwood 1/1
Centurions: T – Worthington (12), Brierley (23, 65), McNally (37), Armstrong (72); G – Ridyard 2/5
Half-time 12-14 Attendance 10,119 (played Saturday)

St Helens 36 Widnes Vikings 20
Saints: T – Swift (6), Percival (30, 80), Dawson (33), Amor (64), Turner (72); G – Percival 6/8
Vikings: T – Mellor (16), Craven (37), Ah Van (44), Dean (53); G – Craven 1/2, Ah Van 1/2
Half-time: 18-12 Attendance 8,806

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