Challenge Cup 2013 Fixtures: Complete Viewing Guide for Semifinals

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Challenge Cup 2013 Fixtures: Complete Viewing Guide for Semifinals
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The 2013 Tetley’s Challenge Cup continues this weekend, with two incredible semifinal matches you simply will not want to miss.

After months of hard work, incredible play—and even some luck—the field has been narrowed down to four elite teams.

Things will get started with the London Broncos taking on the Wigan Warriors, followed by the Warrington Wolves looking to defend their title against Hull FC.

Will the Warriors make the final of this event for the fourth time in the last five years, or will they be dethroned before another chance at glory?

Keep reading to find out when you can watch all the action and more.

 

London Broncos vs. Wigan Warriors

When: Saturday, July 27

Kickoff: 5 p.m. local time

Where: Leigh Sports Village, Leigh

Watch: BBC2, BBC2 HD

Live Stream: BBC2 Website

The Broncos are the underdog here, but have the upset in mind.

According to the staff of Sky Sports, utility player Chris Melling has a bit of extra motivation to shine when the capital takes on Wigan. He used to be a part of that club and said of it:

It is special when I play Wigan. There's that bit of you where you want to get one over your ex-team-mates and the club that released you for whatever reason. I still have friends there. It's more special than if we were playing someone else but, at the same time, it's a semi-final and that's enough

Head coach Tony Rea definitely agrees with Melling, as he is not abandoning hope and still believes that his beleaguered side can cause some trouble on Saturday. Sky Sports found the Australian believes there is much to play for and should have his boys fired up.

Expect an excellent showdown between these two, not a lopsided affair.

 

Hull FC vs. Warrington Wolves

When: Sunday, July 28

Kickoff: 6 p.m. local time

Where: John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield

Watch: BBC2, BBC2 HD

Live Stream: BBC2 Website

 

Hull has taken some major strides since owner Adam Pearson took over in 2012 and now wants to reward its owner with an appearance at Wembley in the finals.

According to Paul Baxter of the Hull Daily Mall, coach Peter Gentle is looking to repay the owner in the Challenge Cup, as their chances in the Super League were obliterated after five straight losses.

The head coach said:

We’d love to get there for Adam, for the city, for the fans and for ourselves. It would be a great way to repay the faith shown by all of this we have, to Adam for what he has put forward and the amount of money he has put into the place, and what he has set up for the club here at Bishop Burton.

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Considering the Wolves haven’t beaten Hull in challenge play since 1965, anything could happen on Sunday.

While Tony Smith’s side will be looking for glory yet again and has the momentum, don’t be surprised if this ends up being a classic battle that isn’t decided until the last minutes.

 

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