Women’s Match Preview: Semi-Final

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Wigan Warriors Women’s 2023 Betfred Challenge Cup semi-final game against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium.

The Warriors Women face the Rhinos in the opening game of the Betfred Challenge Cup semi-final double-header at Leeds’ Headingley Stadium on Sunday 23rd July (2:15pm K.O.)

The Warriors come into the game off the back of a Betfred Women’s Super League win over Warrington Wolves, whilst Leeds are fresh off the back of a hard-earned draw against table toppers York Valkyrie.

Squad News

The Warriors have named their 19-player squad to travel to Leeds on Sunday.

Women’s squad to face Leeds:


Lois Forsell has also named her 19-player squad for Sunday’s Semi-Final:

Previous Meetings:

The Warriors and Rhinos have faced off eleven times in all competitions, with Leeds winning nine of the meetings to Wigan’s two victories. This will be the second time the two sides have met at the Challenge Cup semi-final stage, the first was in 2018 when the Rhinos knocked Wigan out to progress.

  • Wigan 0, Leeds 52 (SL-G1, 9/7/23)
  • Leeds 64, Wigan 6 (SL-G1, 21/7/22)
  • Wigan 12, Leeds 48 (SL-G1, 3/7/22)
  • Leeds 28, Wigan 10 (SL-PO, 12/9/21)
  • Wigan 6, Leeds 28 (SL, 11/7/21)
  • Leeds 16, Wigan 0 (SL, 29/9/19)
  • Wigan 4, Leeds 12 (SL, 12/5/19)
  • Leeds 16, Wigan 18 (SLGF, 13/10/18)(at Manchester Regional Arena)
  • Leeds 22, Wigan 23 (SL, 12/8/18)
  • Wigan 8, Leeds 26 (CCSF, 15/07/18)
  • Wigan 14, Leeds 20 (SL, 29/4/18)


  • Wigan wins: 2
  • Leeds wins: 9

Pre-match Quotes

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s semi-final, Warriors’ Mary Coleman said: “I love knock-out rugby league, for me it’s more exciting because you have to put your all in for 80 minutes.

“I made my debut in the Challenge Cup last season but unfortunately we didn’t make it to the Quarters. This season we made it through the group stages, and followed that up with a strong performance in the last round so we are really excited to face Leeds in the semi-final this weekend.”

Read more HERE or watch the full match preview with Mary Coleman on Wigan TV HERE.

Ticket info

Match tickets are available to buy online HERE and in-Store at Robin Park Arena (open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm). All tickets bought online will be posted out and there is no delivery charge when purchasing.

Tickets will be taken off sale online and in-store at 4pm on Friday 21 July. Please note that tickets purchased online after 4pm on Tuesday 18 July will need to be collected from the Robin Park Arena Club store. Full Challenge Cup Semi Final ticket information can be found online HERE.

Watch Live

Sunday’s Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup semi-final will available to watch live and free on BBC iPlayer HERE.

Match Highlights

Full match and match highlights from the game will be on Wigan TV following the game early next week. Not a subscriber? Join today from £5.99 per month HERE.

Social Media

Wigan fans can follow every piece of the action via our social media channels and website.

Friday 21 July 2023