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Hull KR captain Joel Tomkins will miss Friday's Challenge Cup quarter-final against Warrington Wolves after losing an appeal against a one-game ban.
 

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Dates: 30 May-2 Jun Coverage: Live on BBC TV, with selected ties on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra

Bradford Bulls will again feature in the BBC's Challenge Cup coverage when their quarter-final against fellow Championship side Halifax is shown live on BBC Two on Sunday, 2 June.

In addition, the semi-final draw will also be broadcast live after the match. Super League leaders St Helens host fellow high-fliers Wakefield Trinity in the BBC One live game on 1 June. Holders Catalans Dragons continue their defence of the trophy away to Hull FC, the side that lifted the trophy in the previous two seasons, while Hull KR host last season's runners-up Warrington.

The Bradford v Halifax game means a second-tier side will feature in the Challenge Cup semi-finals for the first time since Justin Morgan's Hull KR were beaten by eventual winners St Helens in 2006.
 

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Quarter final schedule
  • Thursday May 30 - Hull FC v Catalans Dragons (19:35 BST)
  • Friday May 31 - Hull KR v Warrington Wolves (19:35 BST)
  • Saturday June 1 - St Helens v Wakefield Trinity (15:15 BST, live on BBC One)
  • Sunday June 2 - Bradford Bulls v Halifax (14:45 BST live on BBC Two, followed by semi-final draw)
 

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Hull KR will be without skipper Joel Tomkins after he lost his appeal against his one-match ban for a tackle on Salford's Krisnan Inu. Owen Harrison comes into the squad, as Tim Sheens makes just one change from the win over the Red Devils. Warrington Wolves head coach Steve Price has named the same squad he selected for the win over Wigan at Magic Weekend.

The Wire lost to Catalans Dragons in the final of last season's competition.

Hull KR (from): Hall, Crooks, Keinhorst, Shaw, McGuire, Mulhern, Lunt, Masoe, Hauraki, Garbutt, Atkin, Addy, Lawler, Lannon, Linnett, Drinkwater, Dagger, Harrison, Maria.

Warrington Wolves (from): Akauola, Austin, Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Cooper, Currie, Davis, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, King, Lineham, Livett, Mamo, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Walker.
 

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Warrington Wolves reached the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup after holding off a spirited Hull KR. Tries from Jake Mamo and Blake Austin put the Wire 12-0 up at the break, despite being down to 11 at one point. Tom Lineham and Ben Murdoch-Masila both powered over to extend the lead to 22-0 before the Robins replied through Ben Crooks and Josh Drinkwater.

Drinkwater's second effort and Craig Hall's score gave the hosts hope but Ben Currie's try proved enough to win.

Hull KR (0) 22
Tries: Crooks, Drinkwater 2, Hall Goals: Shaw 3
Warrington (12) 28
Tries: Mamo, Austin, Lineham, Murdoch-Masila, Currie Goals: Patton 4
 

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Hull FC ran in eight tries as they thrashed Challenge Cup holders Catalans Dragons to reach the semi-finals. Jake Connor and Bureta Faraimo's tries had Hull 12-0 up but two Lewis Tierney scores put Catalans within four points. But the hosts scored a remarkable 39 unanswered second-half points as they ran riot at the KCOM Stadium. Tries from Sika Manu, Albert Kelly, Jamie Shaul, Danny Houghton and two from Ratu Naulago saw the five-time cup winners ease into the last four.

Naulago's first - a sprint from the halfway line - was the highlight for a rampant Hull, while Kelly dropped a shoulder to wrongfoot the Catalans defence for another impressive score.

Hull FC (12) 51
Tries: Connor, Faraimo, Manu, Naulago 2, Kelly, Shaul, Houghton Goals: Sneyd 9 Drop-goal: Sneyd
Catalans Dragons (8) 8
Tries: Tierney 2
 

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Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium Date: Saturday, 1 June Kick-off: 15:15 BST Coverage: Live on BBC One, commentary on BBC local radio and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

St Helens (from): Lomax, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Richardson, Walmsley, Roby, Thompson, Taia, Paulo, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Knowles, Peyroux, Lees, Ashworth, Smith, Coote, Costello.

Wakefield (from): Ashurst, Batchelor, Brough, Caton-Brown, Croft, Crowther, England, Hampshire, Hirst, Jones-Bishop, Kershaw, King, Kirmond, Kopczak, Lyne, Miller, Randell, Tanginoa, Wood.

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Venue: Odsal Stadium Date: Sunday, 2 June Kick-off: 14:45 BST Coverage: Live on BBC TV, with selected ties on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra
Fit-again former New Zealand centre Jake Webster goes straight into Bradford's squad for their Challenge Cup quarter-final against Halifax.

John Kear has also added Dalton Grant and Rowan Milnes following their heavy 42-4 defeat by Featherstone on Sunday.

France second-rower Kevin Larroyer and full-back Scott Grix, on loan from Huddersfield, are in Halifax's 19.

Bradford Bulls (from): Crossley, Farrell, Flanagan, Foggin-Johnston, Grant, Hallas, Kirk, Lilley, Milnes, Minchella, Oakes, Peltier, Pickersgill, Roche, Ryan, Storton, Webster, Wildie, Wood.

Halifax (from): Barber, Butler, Cooper, Co Davies, Cu Davies, Fairbank, Fleming, Grix, Kavanagh, Larroyer, Laulu-Togaga'e, Moore, Morris, Murrell, Saltonstall, Sharp, Tangata, Tyrer, Woodburn-Hall.
 

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The University of Bolton Stadium will host the Challenge Cup Semis on 27 July.

Both men's semi-final matches will take place at the venue.
 

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Hard to believe another Cup is at this point again. Such a wonderful old competition. One round from the final.
 

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St Helens (26) 48
Tries: Coote, Makinson, Knowles, Grace, Taia, Percival, Lomax, Naiqama Goals: Coote 8
Wakefield (6) 10
Tries: Croft, Randell Goals: Brough

Super League leaders St Helens overpowered Wakefield Trinity to reach the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup. Saints punished a host of errors by the visitors in the first half, with Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Morgan Knowles and Regan Grace all scoring. Tyler Randell touched down after the break to reduce the deficit to 16 but that was as good as it got for Trinity.

Tries from Zeb Taia, Mark Percival, Jonny Lomax and Kevin Naiqama sealed victory. Saints, six points clear at the top of the table, are looking to reach a first Challenge Cup final since 2008.
 

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Bradford Bulls (from): Crossley, Farrell, Flanagan, Foggin-Johnston, Grant, Hallas, Kirk, Lilley, Milnes, Minchella, Oakes, Peltier, Pickersgill, Roche, Ryan, Storton, Webster, Wildie, Wood.

Halifax (from): Barber, Butler, Cooper, Co Davies, Cu Davies, Fairbank, Fleming, Grix, Kavanagh, Larroyer, Laulu-Togaga'e, Moore, Morris, Murrell, Saltonstall, Sharp, Tangata, Tyrer, Woodburn-Hall.
 

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It's hard to look past Saints, who frankly are a class above anyone in SL this season., They have beaten both their closest rivals, Warrington and Castleford, comfortably in the last few weeks. Wakefield put up a spirited effort in the first half against them, but Saints ran away with it in the second half. Justin Holbrook has been great as a coach for them. it is kinda great too to see a Championship side get to the semi-finals, well done Halifax, who overturned the more fancied Bradford Bulls today.

Really nice winning score from them too. I'll put it up, although you may not able to see it in Oz.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/48437972

I might to the semi-final double header; it's only 7 miles away.
 

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Bradford Bulls (6) 16
Tries: Milnes, Webster, Wildie Goals: Lilley 2
Halifax (0) 20
Tries: Penalty, Grix, Woodburn-Hall Goals: Tyrer 3

Halifax became the first Championship side in 13 years to reach the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup with a hard-fought win over Bradford Bulls. The Bulls, five-time winners of the competition, edged a scrappy first half with Rowan Milnes scoring the only try. However, Milnes was carried off before the break with a broken left leg.

The lead then went back and forth, including an eight-point penalty try for Halifax, before James Woodburn-Hall crossed late on to put Fax through.
 

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It's hard to look past Saints, who frankly are a class above anyone in SL this season., They have beaten both their closest rivals, Warrington and Castleford, comfortably in the last few weeks. Wakefield put up a spirited effort in the first half against them, but Saints ran away with it in the second half. Justin Holbrook has been great as a coach for them. it is kinda great too to see a Championship side get to the semi-finals, well done Halifax, who overturned the more fancied Bradford Bulls today.

Really nice winning score from them too. I'll put it up, although you may not able to see it in Oz.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/48437972

I might to the semi-final double header; it's only 7 miles away.
Yes - got it open but won't play ...

Women are on too - a triple header - so could be a big day of footie.
 

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The two semi-finals will be played on Saturday, 27 July at the University of Bolton Stadium, with the final on 24 August at Wembley.

Semi-final draw:

Warrington Wolves v Hull FC

St Helens v Halifax
 

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Halifax R.L.F.C. is a professional rugby league club in Halifax, West Yorkshire, which formed in 1873.

Halifax were one of the original twenty-two rugby clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895.

They have been Rugby League Champions four times and have won the Challenge Cup five times (1903, 1904, 1931, 1939, 1987).

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