Northern Rail Cup Semi Finals confirmed


Holders Leigh will travel to Featherstone for a mouthwatering Northern Rail Cup semi-final, while Sheffield host Halifax.

The final four line-up was completed today, as the Centurions put in a fine second half display to see off Batley 32-12 at Leigh Sports Village.

The Bulldogs had led 12-10 at half time, and the first 20 minutes of the second half was scoreless, before tries from Stuart Littler, Gregg McNally, Bob Beswick and Steve Maden saw Paul Rowley’s side home.

Championship leaders Halifax thumped Barrow, the only team remaining in the competition from the third tier, 54-24 at The Shay, with Lee Patterson claiming a personal haul of 18 points.

Sheffield and Featherstone had already secured their places in the semi-final with commanding victories in their last eight ties.

Rovers beat Keighley 60-12 in front of the Premier Sports TV camera on Thursday, with half-back Liam Finn breaking the world record for consecutive successful conversions.

Sheffield, meanwhile, were impressive in their 48-0 win over Hunslet on Friday, as they look to follow up their appearance in the Championship Grand Final last season with their maiden appearance in a Northern Rail Cup final.

The semi-finals take place on the weekend of July 7/8th, with the final staged at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road on July 29th.


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