19th September 2020, 13:19 | ChallengeCup
Hull FC and Wigan Warriors have become accustomed to facing each other in the Coral Challenge Cup over recent years and the two sides will meet again on Saturday evening with a place in the final four at stake.
The two clubs did battle in the Challenge Cup Final in both 2013 and 2017 earning one win apiece. Wigan came away with the trophy in 2013 thanks to a 16-0 victory before the Airlie Birds returned the favour four years later with a 18-14 win at Wembley Stadium.
FC’s 2017 triumph over Wigan marked back-to-back Challenge Cup successes with the second making Hull five-time winners of the famous trophy.
Wigan have failed to win the Challenge Cup since that 2013 victory but still remain the most successful side in the competition’s history with 19 Challenge Cup crowns and a total of 31 Final appearances since their first in 1911.
The Warriors have won four of their five Super League fixtures since the season got back underway with the most recent being an impressive 12-28 victory against Catalans Dragons as the French outfit returned home to the Stade Gilbert Brutus in front of around 5000 spectators.
FC haven’t been as consistent in the league with two wins against Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity levelled with losses against Salford Red Devils and Warrington Wolves. Hull did have to earn the right to play in the Quarter Finals of this year’s competition thanks to a 16-29 win against Castleford Tigers last weekend.
Hull FC boss Andy Last has been forced to make changes to his 21-player squad with Jamie Shaul unavailable after failing a Head Injury Assessment in last weekend’s fixture while Albert Kelly and Ratu Naulago are both struggling with hamstring injuries.
However, Last does welcome back playmaker Marc Sneyd whose consecutive Lance Todd Trophy winning performances were pivotal to Hull FC’s back-to-back Challenge Cup wins in 2016 and 2017.
Wigan Head Coach Adriam Lam is without Ben Flower and Morgan Smithies who are both serving two and six-match suspensions, respectively. Youngsters Harry Rushton and Amir Bourouh replace Joe Bullock and George Burgess in the 21-player squad for this weekend’s Cup tie.
Hull FC: Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Jake Connor, Marc Sneyd, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Manu Ma’u, Ligi Sao, Joe Cator, Jordan Johnstone, Masi Matongo, Brad Fash, Jordan Lane, Andre Savelio, Mahe Fonua, Connor Wyne, Gareth Eillis, Jack Brown, Cameron Scott, Ben McNamara
Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess, Bevan French, Tommy Leuluai, Sam Powell, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Sean O’Loughlin, Joe Greenwood, Oliver Partington, Dom Manfredi, Mitch Clark, Jake Bibby, Harry Smith, Jack Wells, Ethan Havard, Jackson Hastings, Amir Bourouh, Joe Shorrocks, Harry Rushton
Watch Hull FC and Wigan Warriors battle it out for a place in the final four of the Coral Challenge Cup from 5pm on Saturday 19 September on BBC Two