Rugby League ESL Challenge Cup - News and Views


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Feb 2, 2013
Time Traveller
Leeds Rhinos face the toughest test in their defence of the Women's Challenge Cup on Sunday - against a St Helens team aiming to join their male counterparts in a triple header at the University of Bolton Stadium later this month.

Saints men will play Halifax in their semi-finals at the venue, which will follow the women's final and the opening last-four men's game between Warrington and Hull.

The Red Vee, coached by the former Bradford and Oldham forward Craig Richards, are braced for a tough test against a Leeds team who have scored 144 points without reply in the previous two rounds of the competition.

Their opponents Leeds are aiming to retain the trophy they won for the first time last year against Castleford Tigers in a stand-alone final at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium.

It is also a meeting of second and third - with Saints only kept off top spot by fellow semi-finalists Castleford.