Tetley's Challenge Cup: Wigan, Warrington and Huddersfield remain in the hunt for glory

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 09/07/13 11:18am

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The Tetley's Challenge Cup returns this weekend following a two-month break with teams just two victories from a memorable day out at Wembley on August 24.

Super League's top three sides remain in the competition with Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and the Huddersfield Giants the leading contenders to scoop silverware in the capital.

However, one of those will definitely fall by the wayside this weekend as high-flying Huddersfield travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to take on Tony Smith's Wolves.

Warrington have made Wembley something of a second home in recent seasons, winning three of the last four finals, including beating Leeds Rhinos on two occasions (2010, 2012).

The Wolves will be the favourites to beat Huddersfield once again being at home while the pair also met in last year's semi-finals, Smith's men running out convincing 33-6 winners over the Giants, who were then coached by Nathan Brown.

However, Huddersfield are proving a tough nut to crack in 2013 with Paul Anderson seemingly addressing the mid-season collapses the West Yorkshire club have endured in recent seasons.

Wigan, meanwhile, will be confident of a place in the final four as they drew the Widnes Vikings at the DW Stadium, although the form of Shaun Wane's men has been patchy of late.

The Super League leaders did at least return to winning ways on Friday, but only just after overcoming an 18-4 deficit to run out 26-20 winners courtesy of a last-gasp score from Chris Tuson.

Challenge Cup quarter-finals

Friday 12
Eagles v Broncos

Saturday 13
Dragons v Hull FC

Sunday 14
Wolves v Giants

Monday 15
Warriors v Vikings

The victory halted a run of two straight defeats (against Warrington and Castleford) although the Warriors can take comfort from the fact that they have already toppled the Vikings twice this season.

Wigan crushed Widnes at home 62-4 before a youthful-looking team secured a slender 33-32 away success over Denis Betts' troops last month.

Widnes are more than capable of scoring tries, though. They only failed to score 30 points once in Super League in June and that was a 38-28 loss away to Leeds. In their other four games they scored a combined total of 132 points.

Friday's match, a game which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1HD, gives a chance for an underdog to reach the semi-finals as the Sheffield Eagles play host to the London Broncos.


The Eagles, famous for their stunning upset of the all-conquering Wigan team in 1998, currently top the Championship and will fancy their chances of seeing off a London side struggling for confidence.

The 2013 campaign has been one to forget for the struggling Broncos, although they did show late pride in only going down to a much-changed Catalan Dragons side 34-28 last Saturday.

Last but not least the Dragons, who lost the 2007 final 30-8 to St Helens, will be at home on Saturday against an out-of-sorts Hull in the south of France.

A few weeks ago the Black and Whites would have been the favourites to advance in the competition, but Peter Gentle's troops have fallen off the pace, a 22-16 loss to the Giants on Sunday meaning they have now lost their last four Super League outings.

Catalan have not fared much better with head coach Laurent Frayssinous unable to replicate the success of predecessor Trent Robinson, although the club's lengthy injury list has not helped.

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