Challenge Cup venues announced

Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium and the Stobart Stadium, Widnes have been announced as the Challenge Cup semi-final venues.

Leeds Rhinos will play St Helens on Saturday, 7th August at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield. Kick-off is 2.30pm.

These two teams have contested the last three Grand Finals and another stirring encounter is in prospect as Saints look to make it back to Wembley having registered three consecutive Cup wins between 2006 and 2008.

The Rhinos haven’t been to Wembley since 1999 when they became the last team to lift the trophy beneath the old Twin Towers.

Warrington Wolves will take on Catalans Dragons on Sunday, 8th August at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes. Kick-off is 3.30.

The Wolves broke a 35-year drought last year when they beat Huddersfield Giants to win the Cup. Currently flying high in the Engage Super League they will fancy their chances of doing the double.

However, the cup holders would be foolish to underestimate the Catalans. The French outfit confounded everyone by beating Wigan in the semi-final in 2007 to book their place in that historic return to Wembley.

Both ties will be televised live on the BBC.

Sally Bolton, the RFL’s Director of Events and Projects, said: “The Carnegie Challenge Cup is one of Rugby League’s iconic events which is eagerly anticipated by players and fans alike.

“With the clubs just 80 minutes away from an appearance at Wembley, the semi-finals have an atmosphere and tension all of their own and we’ve chosen venues which can only add to the overall experience.

“Demand for tickets will be huge so supporters are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.”

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