Men’s and Women’s Challenge Cup and 1895 Cup finalists confirmed

Josh McAllister
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The six finalists heading to Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 12, have been confirmed for the Men’s and Women’s Challenge Cup finals and the 1895 Cup final. 

In the Women’s Challenge Cup, Leeds Rhinos will take on St Helens following their respective victories in the semi-finals.

On Saturday, Faye Gaskin kicked Saints into the final with her last-minute winning drop-goal for a 17-16 victory over York Valkyrie at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

They will take on Lois Forsell’s Rhinos following their 16-4 win over Wigan Warriors at Headingley Stadium. Amy Hardcastle, Caitlin Beevers and Tara Moxon scoring in the victory on home soil.

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In only his second game in Hull KR colours, recent recruit Brad Schneider kicked the Robins to Wembley with a golden point extra time winner just a week after doing the same over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium in Super League. 

It secured an 11-10 win over last year’s Challenge Cup winners Wigan Warriors.

Leigh Leopards continued their stellar season after booking their place in the Challenge Cup final following a 12-10 win over four-peat Super League champions St Helens in Warrington on Saturday.

Back-rower Oliver Holmes and two-time Challenge Cup winner Zak Hardaker crossing in the victory, with St Helens hooker Joey Lussick opening the scoring on what turned out to be his last game for the club. The hooker has been granted a release from his contract at the Totally Wicked Stadium to return to the NRL.

Jonny Lomax also crossing in the 78th minute, with Tommy Makinson failing to send the game into extra time.

1895 Cup and Challenge Cup part of triple-header

The 1895 Cup will complete the triple-header at Wembley Stadium alongside the two Challenge Cups.

The Women’s Challenge Cup final will kick-off at 12pm, with the Men’s Challenge Cup following at 3pm.

The AB Sundecks 1895 Cup final is the last match of the day and will start at 5:30pm, with Batley Bulldogs ready to take on Halifax Panthers.

Head coaches of both Championship sides are in their final year with the clubs, with Craig Lingard and Simon Grix set to depart Batley and Halifax respectively.

The Panthers secured their spot at Wembley with a 10-6 win over London Broncos in the capital, while last year’s Championship Grand Finalists Batley claimed a 22-8 win over York.

The final of the Year 7 Boys’ competition will also be held at Wembley.

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