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Decision made on Challenge Cup tie after fears it would need to be moved because of pitch

It is always a special time of year when Super League sides enter the Challenge Cup and that was certainly the case last weekend.

The sun even came out and treated us to some brilliant contests.

It started on Friday night. As you would have expected, Hull KR ploughed through Championship side Batley Bulldogs whilst Wakefield Trinity were equally dominated by Leigh Leopards.

The game of the night was over at the Shay as Halifax Panthers battled hard against Super League and World Champions St Helens.

The Saints won 26-6 but the night was overshadowed by Morgan Knowles’ red card.

On Saturday, Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors treated us to a classic cup tie in the sunshine.

In the end a Bevan French brace was key as was his try saving tackle on Harry Newman.

In France, a late Matty Ashton try undid Catalans Dragons comeback and sent Warrington Wolves into the last eight of the competition.

Over in Salford, the Salford Red Devils won a 14-try thriller against Huddersfield Giants.

Salford led 24-0 and the Giants battled back to 24-22. Then the Red Devils took a 42-22 lead but the Giants’ second comeback set up a grand stand finish but Salford held on to a 42-40 win.

Meanwhile on Sunday, York RLFC ploughed passed London Broncos whilst Hull FC were comprehensive winners against Castleford Tigers setting up the full eight teams for the quarter-finals.

And now the draw is confirmed.

The competition’s top two collide in a huge quarter-final between Wigan and Warrington.

Hull FC will take on St Helens, Championship York meet the side who scored 100 points against them last year: Leigh whilst Hull KR and Salford Red Devils will fight for a place in the semi-finals.

Here is the draw in full:

Hull KR vs Salford Red Devils
York RLFC vs Leigh Leopards
Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves
Hull FC vs St Helens

Undoubtedly the game of the draw is the meeting between Wigan and Warrington despite the fact it seems frequently played.

There was concerns that there was a problem standing in the way of the fixture.

The Challenge Cup quarter-finals falls within the period that Wigan are not playing at home as a new pitch is being laid.

Their next home game in Super League is scheduled on 30th June against Huddersfield Giants.

So, there were question marks over whether the game would need to be moved.

However it has been confirmed that the game will take place at the DW Stadium on BBC on Sunday 18th June.

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