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Challenge Cup Team of the Week

The Challenge Cup quarter-finals have been and gone.

On Saturday, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils got things started on Viaplay.

The Robins defied the odds coming over injuries to defeat the Red Devils comfortably to progress to the semi-finals for the second time in a row.

Following this a red card for Josh Griffin saw the Black and Whites Challenge Cup hopes unravel as they went from being level with Super League and World Champions St Helens at halftime to losing 32-18.

Then on Sunday, 12 men Wigan Warriors and Leigh Leopards defeated Warrington Wolves and York RLFC respectively.

Wigan will now face Hull KR in the semi-finals and Leigh take on St Helens.

But who makes our team of the week?

Fullback: Jack Welsby (St Helens)
In many games this season Jack Welsby has proven to be the difference between winning and losing and that was the case this week as his slight of hand sent Saints into the semi-finals.

Wingers: Abbas Miski (Wigan Warriors) & Tom Briscoe (Leigh Leopards)
A superb finish from Abbas Miski was what sent Wigan into the final four. Meanwhile, Tom Briscoe’s tries were key for Leigh. The Challenge Cup legend also provided key experience.

Centres: Konrad Hurrell (St Helens) & Toby King (Wigan Warriors)
Konrad Hurrell was typically effective for St Helens on the right and did well filling in on the wing. Meanwhile, Toby King was excellent for Wigan. He scored the opening try and helped create the winner against his parent club.

Halfbacks: Rowan Milnes (Hull KR) & Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors)
Both Man of the Matches and both used game management to get their side over the line. They will collide in the semi-finals now.

Props: George King (Hull KR) & Ethan Havard (Wigan Warriors)
As will these two. Two players unlucky to not be named Man of the Match both were brilliant as they dominated the middle channel.

Hooker: Jez Litten (Hull KR)
Jez Litten was also key to allowing Hull KR to dominate the middle of the field for Hull KR. He was lively around the ruck and bossed things.

Second-Rowers: Curtis Sironen (St Helens) & Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors)
A captain’s knock from Liam Farrell as his leadership and work rate guided Wigan to a famous win despite being down to 12. Meanwhile Curtis Sironen was typically destructive and helped himself to a vital try.

Loose-Forward: Elliot Minchella (Hull KR)
He may have been yellow carded but he was excellent otherwise bossing the middle unit of the field as Hull KR turned out the best performance of the weekend.

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