16th October 2020, 11:21 | ChallengeCup

2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final Preview

2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final Preview

Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils

Saturday’s Coral Challenge Cup Final will see Leeds Rhinos battle Salford Red Devils in front of an empty Wembley Stadium for the first time in the competition’s history. 

Supporters can watch the game live on BBC One from 3pm – with coverage starting at 1:45pm – as two sides with contrasting fortunes and history in Rugby League’s oldest competition go head-to-head.

The Rhinos have won the Challenge Cup on 13 occasions – making them the second most successful side in the history of the competition behind only Wigan Warriors.

Leeds’ first Challenge Cup triumph came back in 1910 and their most recent was in 2015; the first of three trophies in the memorable treble-winning campaign. 

However, Leeds’ record in Challenge Cup Finals has been a tale of two halves. They won the trophy in ten of their first 14 Cup finals but have since gone on to lose in eight of their last 11 appearances in the showcase event. 

A win would move the Rhinos to within five Cup successes of Wigan while a loss would see Leeds take the record for the most Final defeats.

In comparison, Salford are looking for just their second ever Challenge Cup Final victory. Their solitary triumph came way back in 1938 when the legendary Gus Risman lifted the trophy following a 7-4 victory over Barrow.

The Red Devils have featured in a total of seven finals suffering six defeats. Their most recent trip to Wembley came back in 1969 but ended in defeat against Castleford.

Six members of the Leeds squad have appeared in a Challenge Cup Final, but only Tom Brisoce, Adam Cuthbertson and Liam Sutcliffe have appeared at Wembley Stadium for the Rhinos. Briscoe – who holds the record for the most tries in a single Final with five – is set to appear in his 5th Challenge Cup Final.

Jack Walker, Cameron Smith, Tom Holroyd and Cuthbertson are all included in the squad after featuring for Leeds in their midweek Super League fixture against Warrington Wolves.

Harry Newman misses out after suffering a broken leg earlier this month while Bodene Thompson is cup-tied after featuring for Toronto Wolfpack in the competition. Stevie Ward is also ruled out.

Salford are without both Dan Sarginson and Jack Ormondroyd who have both tested positive for COVID-19 and have therefore entered a period of isolation. However, co-Captains Mark Flanagan and Lee Mossop have been cleared. 

The Red Devils also have six members of their squad to have featured in the Challenge Cup however all of their appearances have come with other clubs. Kallum Watkins will line-up for his fifth final, with his other four appearances coming for opponents Leeds.

Leeds Rhinos: Jack Walker, Tom Briscoe, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Rob Lui, Luke Gale, Ava Seumanufagai, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior, Alex Mellor, Rhyse Martin, Brad Dwyer, Liam Sutcliffe, Richie Myler, Adam Cuthbertson, Mikolaj Oledzki, Cameron Smith, Luke Briscoe, James Donaldson, Alex Sutcliffe, Tom Holroyd. 

Salford Red Devils: Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Krisnan Inu, Tui Lolohea, Kevin Brown, Lee Mossop, Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, Ryan Lannon, Pauli Pauli, Tyrone McCarthy, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Greg Burke, Luke Yates, Chris Atkin, Mark Flanagan, James Greenwood, Rhys Williams, Elliot Kear, Oliver Roberts, Kallum Watkins.