Challenge Cup Referee Appointments confirmed

This weekend the home of Leeds Rhinos Headingley Stadium will play host to Wigan Warriors and Hull KR whilst Warrington Wolves’ Hallilwell Jones Stadium will play host to the clash between St Helens and Leigh Leopards in the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

Leigh have been the surprise package of the season in 2023 and are second in the league. They even find themselves above St Helens in the table who look to win every trophy within the space of a year by getting to Wembley and winning.

Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors are looking to retain their Challenge Cup trophy.

They take on Hull KR who are looking to replicate their success from the Challenge Cup semi-final at Headingley in 2015 against Warrington Wolves.

The officials have been confirmed for the two semi-finals with Chris Kendall set to take charge of Leigh vs St Helens whilst Marcus Griffiths acts as video referee.

Liam Moore is the official for Wigan vs Hull KR and Ben Thaler is the video referee.

Leigh Leopards v St Helens
22nd July, KO: 14:30
M Com: A. Brown
Referee: C. Kendall
Reserve Referee: T. Grant
Touch Judge 1: W. Turley
Touch Judge 2: J. Smith
Video Referee: M. Griffiths
Reserve Touch Judge: A. Belafonte
Time Keeper: R. Safi

Hull KR v Wigan Warriors
23rd July, KO: 17:00
M Com: S. Williams
Referee: L. Moore
Reserve Referee: A. Moore
Touch Judge 1: R. Thompson
Touch Judge 2: J. Roberts
Video Referee: B. Thaler
Reserve Touch Judge: E. Burrow
Time Keeper: D. Milburn

Chris Kendall will officiate the Saturday game at the Halliwell Jones with Leigh looking to get to Wembley for the second straight season, albeit their 2022 appearance was as finalists and eventually winners of the 1895 Cup.

St Helens will be in their way and they crashed out at this stage in 2022, losing to the eventual winners Wigan Warriors in a 20-18 thriller at Elland Road.

As for Wigan they’re officiated by Liam Moore, with brother Aaron Moore operating as the reserve referee.

Their match on Sunday against Hull KR is set to be intense given the teams have faced off twice this season and the spoils are currently at one win a piece, with Wigan’s victory coming in golden point courtesy of a majestic Bevan French break that put Liam Farrell through for his hattrick.

Rovers themselves were semi-finalists last year but fell short against Huddersfield. They’ll now aim to make a first final since 2015 in which they were humiliated by Leeds Rhinos 50-0.