Coral Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals – Preview

We’re all set for the quarter finals of this year’s Coral Challenge-Cup! The competition has already seen some memorable moments in 2019 and this week should be no different…

HULL FC VS CATALANS DRAGONS (THURSDAY)

Had this fixture been a couple of weeks ago then it might have been very tricky to predict the winner. But on the back of the Dacia Magic Weekend, the French side will fancy their chances of progressing.

Hull FC suffered a 55-2 defeat to Huddersfield Giants as their opponents ran over 10 tries in a scintillating performance. Whilst Hull are still fourth in the Betfred Super League table, the performance and defeat may have impacted confidence ahead of this one.

Defending Coral Challenge Cup champions Catalans Dragons have meanwhile been quietly going about their business, and last weekend’s 25-18 win over Wakefield will stand them in good stead for this quarter-final.

Catalans were more than comfortable winners over Doncaster in the last round, and they will have aspirations of being back at Wembley for the final again this year.

HULL KR VS WARRINGTON WOLVES (FRIDAY)

Last year’s runners-up Warrington will fancy their chances of going through to the last four, as they take on Hull KR.

The home side produced a great display in the last round to defeat Salford 32-18 and after their Dacia Magic Weekend win over the same opponents last time out, they are not to be underestimated.

Meanwhile, Warrington have had a great season so far and they still have a chance of silverware in both the Betfred Super League and the Coral Challenge Cup.

ST HELENS VS WAKEFIELD TRINITY (SATURDAY)

St Helens have been in such good form that it is difficult to see them being beaten in either competition for the remainder of the season.

Semi-finalists last year, they will be even more determined to get to Wembley this time around and they should have more than enough to get there.

Wakefield are sixth in the Betfred Super League and do pose a threat, but it will take their very best and an off day for St Helens to spring a surprise in this one.

If St Helens do make it through to the semi-finals, then an appearance in the two major finals later in the year looks almost certain.

BRADFORD BULLS VS HALIFAX (SUNDAY)

Well, what a story it would be if Bradford Bulls could get through to the semi-finals and beyond!

The five-time winners’ fall from grace in recent years has been seismic but could a fairytale be on the horizon after a sensational display to shock Leeds Rhinos in the last round?

They face Halifax for a place in the last four, which looks like an evenly matched contest of paper. But who knows, if Bradford can get through this one and they get lucky with their semi-final opponent, a Wembley final might not be beyond them!

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