Factfile: Challenge Cup Semi

Factfile: Challenge Cup Semi

Wigan face Salford on Sunday in a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi final tie at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington.

The pair have already met twice this season with the honours even after Wigan won 26-16 at the AJ Bell Stadium at the start of the year. The Red Devils were victorious at the DW in May winning 31-16.

Wigan are appearing in a record-equalling 47th Challenge Cup semi-final (tied with Leeds). The Warriors have won 30 and lost 16 of their previous games at the last four stage.

Salford are appearing in their 16th Challenge Cup semi-final (and first since losing 22-18 to Sheffield Eagles at Headingley in 1998). The Red Devils have won 7 and lost 8 of their previous games at the last four stage.

Previous Challenge Cup meetings:

2009 (Quarter Final) Wigan 28 Salford 6

2006 (Round 5) Salford 16 Wigan 4

1996 (Round 5) Salford 26 Wigan 16

1992 (Round 1) Salford 6 Wigan 22

1988 (Semi-Final) Salford 4 Wigan 34 (at Burnden Park, Bolton)

1972 (Round 1) Salford 12 Wigan 16

1967 (Round 2) Wigan 6 Salford 18

1961 (Quarter Final) Wigan 22 Salford 5

1939 (Semi-Final) Salford 11 Wigan 2 (at The Athletic Grounds, Rochdale)

1910 (Round 2) Salford 12 Wigan 5

1907 (Round 2) Salford 18 Wigan 5

Challenge Cup summary

Wigan won 5

Salford won 6

Team News

Joel Tomkins and Liam Farrell return having been sidelined through injury and replace Callum Field and Jack Wells in the 19-man squad.

Salford include half-back Robert Lui who has been out with an ankle problem. New signings Manu Vatuvei and Tyrone McCarthy look set to debut.

Warriors: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Davies, Farrell, Gelling, Gildart, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, McIlorum, Nu’uausala, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sutton, Tautai, J Tomkins, S Tomkins, Williams.

Red Devils: Murdoch-Masila, Kopczak, Johnson, Griffin, Bibby, Jones, Sa’u, Welham, Tasi, L Tomkins, Vatuvei, Dobson, Evalds, Krasniqi, Lui, Lannon, Carney, McCarthy, Hauraki.

Joe Burgess made a try-scoring return for Wigan against Salford at the start of the season


Tickets are not available for this game. No tickets will be sold on the day of the game.

Betfred Super League Standings

Pos Team P W L D F A Dif Pts
4 Salford Red Devils 23 13 10 0 576 500 76 26
7 Wigan Warriors 23 10 10 3 539 518 21 23

Challenge Cup semi final team records

Highest score: Wigan 71 Bradford Northern 10 (1992)

Widest margin: Wigan 70 London Broncos 0 (2013)

Most points by losing team: St Helens 28 Leeds Rhinos 32 (2010); Wigan Warriors 28 Leeds Rhinos 39 (2012)

Highest scoring draw: Leeds 24 Hull Kingston Rovers 24 (1986) (Hull KR won replay 17-0)

(Leeds Rhinos and St Helens were level at 26-26 after 80 minutes in 2003. Leeds won 33-26 after extra time)

Scoreless draws: There have been five, with the last being Halifax v Hull FC in 1988 (This was also the last drawn semi-final of any score. Halifax won the replay 4-3)

Highest attendance: 69,898 (Warrington v Leeds at Odsal Stadium, Bradford - 1950)

Lowest attendance: 5,500 (Batley v Warrington at Fartown, Huddersfield - 1897)

Challenge Cup semi final individual records

Most tries: 5 by Martin Offiah (Wigan) v Bradford Northern (1992)

Most goals: 11 by Pat Richards (Wigan) v London Broncos (2013)

Most points: 30 by Pat Richards (Wigan) v London Broncos (2013)

Betfred Super League Leading Scorers


1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 34

2 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 20

3 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 17 & Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 17

5 Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 16, Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers) 16, Jermain McGillvary 16 & Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 16


1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 107

2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 79

3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 70

4 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 69

5 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 64

6 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 48


1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 267

2 Mark Percival (St Helens) 196

3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 176

4 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 150

5 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 136

6 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 132

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fixtures

Saturday July 29

Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos 2.30

Sunday July 30

Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils 2.30

Academy Result

Friday July 28

Wigan Warriors U19s P-P London Broncos U19s

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