Challenge Cup Semi-Final Preview

Challenge Cup Semi-Final Preview

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The Challenge Cup returns and the semi-finals take centre stage at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday.

We preview both matches here.

Hull FC v St Helens (2.30pm)

The action kicks off with a match that was played as recently as last week.

On that occasion, St Helens beat Hull FC 34-16 at the Totally Wicked Stadium, but it’s a different week, a different competition and a different venue.

It is also a sense of deja vu for Hull. In their quarter final, they played Wigan Warriors the week before and lost. They then faced the Warriors again in the Challenge Cup and won.

Meanwhile, Saints were pushed hard by Huddersfield Giants in their quarter final.

Hull have made one change to the side that lost against St Helens last week. Joe Cator picked up a calf issue last week and has been replaced by Connor Wynne.

Meanwhile, Saints welcome back Tommy Makinson and Regan Grace into their 21-man-squad after injury. Mark Percival drops out after suffering a hamstring injury, as does youngster Ben Davies.

Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors (5pm)

Another game that was only played recently. Two weeks ago, Wire welcomed Castleford Tigers to the Halliwell Jones Stadium where they won 38-14.

It will be the third time they have met this season, with Castleford winning the other meeting 21-12 at Headingley in Round One.

In the last round, Warrington were able to get past Catalans Dragons, while Castleford needed a second golden point victory against Salford Red Devils.

Castleford have made four changes to the squad that was thumped 60-6 by Leeds Rhinos last week. Niall Evalds, Gareth O’Brien, Adam Milner and Alex Foster all come back into contention, replacing Danny Richardson, George Griffin, Greg Eden and Lewis Peachey.

Meanwhile, Warrington will be without Jason Clark, who picked up a calf strain last week. He drops out, along with Nathan Roebuck. Replacing them in the squad are Connor Wrench and Ellis Longstaff, who return after loan spells with Newcastle Thunder.

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