Rugby League Today: McNamara proud, Price ecstatic, Challenge Cup fever

Drew Darbyshire

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

We have got reports, reaction and more from the Challenge Cup weekend.

What’s on site

Challenge Cup favourites St Helens were knocked out of the Challenge Cup  after losing to Catalans in the semi-finals yesterday.

Catalans coach Steve McNamara said getting to Wembley is huge for the club who are still searching for their first major trophy.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said he was devastated and shattered following their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Catalans.

Warrington will play Catalans in the 2018 Challenge Cup final at Wembley after comfortably dispatching Leeds 48-12 in the semi-final at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Leeds director of rugby Kevin Sinfield was realistic after what he called an ugly day for his side as they lost to Warrington in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

Warrington coach Steve Price was ecstatic as his side reached Wembley in his first season as coach.

Toronto have signed Wakefield winger Mason Caton-Brown on a deal until the end of the season.

Salford have signed ex-Hull FC forward Jansin Turgut for the remainder of the season.

What’s in the papers

St Helens 16 Catalans 35: Steve McNamara leads Dragons to Wembley with win over Super League leaders – 5 talking points, report the Mirror.

Warrington 48-12 Leeds: Josh Charnley double books Wolves’ place in Challenge Cup final – 5 talking points, report the Mirror.

Catalans Dragons shock St Helens to reach Challenge Cup final, report The Guardian.

Saints dumped out of Challenge Cup by Catalans Dragons, report St Helens Star.

Action and tries as Wire march on to Wembley, report Warrington Guardian.

Kevin Sinfield concerned by Leeds’ lack of momentum, report Yorkshire Evening Post.

Why Hull FC will resist resting anyone in the Super 8s as some have injections to play, report Hull Daily Mail.

Bradford Bulls chairman Andrew Chalmers ignites Hull KR feud over Neil Hudgell bid to buy Odsal, report Hull Daily Mail.

What’s on social


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What’s on TV/Radio

The latest Super League Pod is available to download now, in association with Love Rugby League.

The latest ‘Sport at Six’ podcast by BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt is available to download now.

The latest Rugby League show on Proper Sport is available to download now.

The latest Whippets and Flat Caps podcast is available to download now, presented by Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download now, presented by Dave Woods.

The latest Rugby League on talkSPORT 2 podcast is available to download now.

The Final Hooter podcast by Love Rugby League’s Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson is now available to download.