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Challenge Cup semi-finals announced

18 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 18/06/17 6:24pm

Danny Houghton celebrates with the Challenge Cup after Hull FC's victory over Warrington in 2016

Danny Houghton celebrates with the Challenge Cup after Hull FC’s victory over Warrington in 2016

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup holders Hull will face 2014 and 2015 winners Leeds in this year’s semi-finals.

Lee Radford’s side booked their place in the last four for a second successive year with a superb at the KCOM Stadium on Sunday.

Wigan, the record 20-time winners, will take on surprise package Salford in the other semi-final.

The games will take place over the weekend of July 29 and 30.

Hull appear to have acquired a taste for the cup after finally breaking their Wembley hoodoo by beating Warrington in last year’s final, a first victory at the national stadium in nine attempts.

Leeds Rhinos' Carl Ablett powers through the Featherstone defence during the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final

Leeds Rhinos' Carl Ablett powers through the Featherstone defence during the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final

Leeds Rhinos’ Carl Ablett powers through the Featherstone defence during the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final

Leeds ended their own run of six successive final defeats when they beat Castleford in 2014 and they followed up by thrashing Hull KR in the following year’s showpiece.

They eased past Championship side on Friday to claim their semi-final spot.

. Sam Tomkins, returning from a nine-month injury lay-off, kicked the decisive drop goal and will now face brother Logan in the semi-finals.

Logan Tomkins will come up against brothers Sam and Joel when Salford meet Wigan in the next round

Logan Tomkins will come up against brothers Sam and Joel when Salford meet Wigan in the next round

Logan Tomkins will come up against brothers Sam and Joel when Salford meet Wigan in the next round

Sam Tomkins told BBC Sport: “They have got a lot of talented players, they are a good set-up. It’s taken a bit of time to really get some consistent form but they’ve got it at the moment.

“I would have liked to have avoided Salford so there was a chance of playing Logan at Wembley, but we’re looking forward to it. Whoever we were going to play was a tough game.”

Salford, second in Super League after narrowly avoiding relegation last term, are enjoying a revival.

Their convincing 30-6 quarter-final win put them into the semis for the first time in 19 years. They have not appeared in a final since 1969 and last won the cup in 1938.


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