This weekend we see the Challenge Cup quarter-finals and holders Wigan Warriors’ road to Wembley is tough.
After coming from 14-0 down to defeat Leeds Rhinos at Headingley, the cup holders now face another monumental task in the shape of a resurgent Warrington Wolves. Wigan have already beaten the Super League leaders once this season, but must do so again after the Wolves once more showed their class of ’23 in winning 14-16 against Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.
York Knights will fly the flag for the Betfred Championship, having defeated London Broncos 36-12 at the LNER Community Stadium, and they entertain competition dark-horses Leigh Leopards who must fancy their chances of a first trip to Wembley Stadium since the 1971 defeat of Leeds. And head coach Adrian Lam knows exactly what it takes, having been a Challenge Cup winner himself with Wigan. Lam was also an AB Sundecks 1895 Cup-winning coach on finals day 2022 at Tottenham.
Leigh, Hull KR are another team enjoying 2023 so far – and Rovers in turn face another team that falls into the same category: Salford Red Devils. The two clubs have each won the competition only once – Salford in 1938 and Rovers in 1980 – but on current form nobody will back against them adding a second.
Hull FC powered past Castleford Tigers to reach the Quarter Finals stage for the ninth year in succession – and they will face St Helens, who were made to work hard for their win at Halifax Panthers. The two sides last met in 2021 at Leigh Sports Village, when Saints held off an incredible Hull comeback to make the final where they defeated Castleford at Wembley Stadium.
As with every round of the Challenge Cup, part of it is a draw ahead of the next round.
Details of where you can watch the next round has been confirmed.
The draws for the Semi Finals of both the men’s and women’s competitions will be held as part of BBC One’s coverage of Sunday’s Men’s Quarter Final at Wigan. Timing and ball numbers will be confirmed later this week.