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18th September 2020, 11:25 | ChallengeCup

Rhinos and Robins meet in the Quarter Finals

Rhinos and Robins meet in the Quarter Finals

Coral Challenge Cup Quarter Final Preview

The second Coral Challenge Cup Quarter Final this weekend sees Leeds Rhinos face Hull Kingston Rovers for a place in the final four, live on Sky Sports Arena from 8:15pm.

Leeds and Rovers met in the Challenge Cup Final back in 2015 with the Rhinos earning a record-breaking 50-0 victory at Wembley Stadium to lift their 13th title. This was the last time either of the sides progressed all the way to the Final.

Leeds featured in eight of the 15 Challenge Cup Finals between 2000 and 2015 but only managed to win two in 2014 and 2015 against Castleford and Hull KR, respectively.

As for Hull KR, they still have just the solitary Challenge Cup crown to their name coming in a famous 10-5 victory over cross-city rivals Hull FC back in 1980. The Robins have lost six Challenge Cup finals, with three coming after their 1980 success.

Leeds head into the game following back-to-back victories in the Super League following a 50-12 demolition of Salford Red Devils with a late 13-12 win against Huddersfield Giants, courtesy of a Luke Gale drop-goal. 

However, Hull KR will also come into the fixture full of confidence following a recent 34-18 victory over Wigan Warriors and a hugely impressive performance against current Super League champions St Helens which went down to Golden Point Extra Time.

Richard Agar welcomes back some key players ahead of this weekend’s clash such as Matt Prior, Rhyse Martin and Luke Briscoe but Brad Dwyer misses out. 

Jamie Ellis is re-introduced to the Hull KR squad by Head Coach Tony Smith and will likely fill in for Jordan Abdull who is currently serving a two-game suspension. Robbie Mulhern could also feature after returning from injury. 

Leeds Rhinos: Tom Briscoe, Harry Newman, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Rob Lui, Luke Gale, Ava Seumanufagai, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior, Alex Mellor, Rhyse Martin, Liam Sutcliffe, Richie Myler, Adam Cuthbertson, Mikolaj Oledzki, Callum McLelland, Luke Briscoe, James Donaldson, Sam Walters, Tom Holroyd, Jarrod O’Connor 

Hull Kingston Rovers: Will Dagger, Jamie Ellis, Mitch Garbutt, Matty Gee, Dean Hadley, Weller Hauraki, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, George Lawler, Mikey Lewis, Kane Linnett, Jez Litten, Harvey Livett, Will Maher, Elliot Minchella, Greg Minikin, Robbie Mulhern, Daniel Murray, Matt Parcell, Nathaniel Peteru, Ethan Ryan, Matthew Storton