< Back to blog

Wigan on course to add to their record 19 wins! Posted On 17 August 2018

The 2018 Challenge Cup, (also known as the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup for sponsorship reasons) is the 117th staging of the Challenge Cup, the main rugby league knock-out tournament for teams in the European Super League, the British National Leagues and a number of invited amateur clubs

 

The defending champions were Hull, who beat Wigan Warriors 18–14 at Wembley on 26 August 2017. However, they were knocked out in the quarter final this year, after losing 25–22 to St Helens.

 

Catalans Dragons beat St Helens 35–16 in the semi-final, whilst the Warrington Wolves destroyed Leeds Rhinos 48–12. The semi-finals were played at Bolton’s Macron Stadium on the same day (August 5th) for the first time in Challenge Cup history, with every minute of the fast-paced action broadcast live on the BBC. Macron Stadium, which has a capacity of just under 30,000, is no stranger to Rugby League, with three World Club Challenge games and three international Test matches being played there between 1998 and 2007.

 

Catalan Dragons and Warrington Wolves therefore will play in the final together at Wembley Stadium on August 25th. The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final is like nothing else when fans across the country get together to celebrate all things Rugby League at the iconic Wembley Stadium: an event which includes intense drama on the pitch, and live music, friendly festival atmosphere, and much more.

 

The final of the Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium is one of the most prestigious matches in the world of Rugby League. ‘Abide with me’ is sung before the game and has become a rugby league anthem. Wigan are the most successful club in the history in the competition winning the trophy a record 19 times; and are on course to add to that record.

 

The format of the competition is eight knock-out rounds followed by a final. The first two rounds are composed entirely of 48 amateur teams. The 12 winners of the second round ties are joined in round three by the 14 League 1 teams. For the fourth round, the 13 winners from round three are joined by 11 of the 12 Championship teams, (Toulouse Olympique who play in the Championship, have declined to enter the 2018 cup competition).

 

Round five sees four Super League teams entering the competition. These are the four teams that finished in the top four positions of the 2017 Qualifiers and were Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, Hull Kingston Rovers and Catalan Dragons. The remaining eight Super League teams join in round six.

< Back to blog

Connect with us

Recent Posts

Our first line of defence

To stand the best chance of beating harmful viruses, now’s the time to start strengthening your immune system  Every minute of our lives, we are bombarded by viruses, fungi and bacteria that can make us ill and, simplistically, it is the job of our internal network to sift through the trillions of micro-organisms in the body, working out which are …

Read more...

DIY knowhow… Tiling

With many of us spending more time at home, why not try some DIY jobs that may be bigger than you would usually take on? The great thing about doing it yourself, is the pride you get after finishing the job. But remember, always consult a professional if the task at hand goes beyond your capabilities or involves electrics or gas. Tiling a …

Read more...

Get your property market-ready 

With the property market open, now is the perfect time to get your property “market-ready.”   Tidy the Garden The garden is a huge selling point for most properties on the market. With the warmer weather having arrived, now is the perfect time to get into your garden to complete quick and simple jobs to make your property more sellable and …

Read more...

Government Update – Lockdown measures review

Yesterday evening, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson led the daily news briefing with an update on the lockdown rules. Mr Johnson confirmed that the five tests that needed to have been met during lockdown have now been met. The five tests included: 1. Making sure the NHS could cope. 2. A sustained fall in the …

Read more...

Non-essential retailers to reopen

Boris Johnson announced on Monday that all non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen in England from the 15th June. Retailers will have to adhere to new guidelines to protect their workers and their customers, and it is ‘contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus.’ This goes alongside outdoor markets and car showrooms which …

Read more...