13 May 2024

Place in Betfred Women's Challenge Cup Final up for grabs this Sunday

Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors Women meet on Sunday afternoon at the Totally Wicked Stadium for a place in the Betfred Women's Challenge Cup Final, kick off 12.30pm.

Both teams have had straightforward runs through to this stage of the competition and go head to head for a second consecutive year in the semi-finals after Leeds won 16-4 at AMT Headingley in 2023.

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Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors have both started the new year in red-hot form as they are unbeaten in both league and cup competitions.

Lois Forsell and Denis Betts' sides swept all opposition on their way to reach the final four, with the prospect of walking out at Wembley Stadium only 80 minutes away. Leeds fended off Hull KR, Leigh Leopards and Huddersfield Giants in the group stages, before beating Warrington Wolves a 70-10 quarter final win on home turf.

Wigan, on the other hand, had a similar run during their group games. Kicking off with a 68-0 win over Salford Red Devils, the Warriors edged out Barrow Raiders in a tight 20-18 win on the road a week later, but put in two convincing displays against Cardiff Demons in their final group game and the quarter-finals to get back to the semis.

The Women's Challenge Cup is the only major final that the Warriors have yet to compete in, having been knocked out in the semi finals twice by Leeds before (2018 and 2023), as well as the quarter finals by Featherstone Rovers, York Valkyrie and St Helens. They hope that their combined form in the league, which saw them post 102 unanswered points on Huddersfield last weekend, can see them go a step further in 2024 as they take on an old nemesis in Leeds.

The Rhinos, who are two-time winners of the competition in 2018 and 2019, are one of the most experienced outfits in the Challenge Cup as 20 of their players have previously played in Cup semi finals. 18 players have featured in Leeds' semi finals, including captain Hanna Butcher who plays in her sixth consecutive semi final this weekend. Caitlin Beevers and Sophie Robinson also have four appearances, including in the 2018 and 2019 Cup triumphs, whilst Amy Hardcastle played her first major final for Leeds last year but previously reached the final four with St Helens in 2021 and 2022 and Bradford in 2017.

Jasmine Cudjoe (Castleford), Tara Moxon (Wakefield), Grace Field (Castleford and York) and Shona Hoyle (St Helens, Castleford and Bradford) have also played at the penultimate stage of the Cup with their previous clubs too.

After a spotless Cup run so far, the Rhinos transferred their success into the league with big wins over Huddersfield and Warrington on home soil, before claiming a 16-10 revenge win over last year's Grand Final winners York Valkyrie.

Previous Meetings

In the Betfred Women's Challenge Cup:

2023 - Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 4 (Semi Finals, 23/07/23)

2018 - Wigan Warriors 8 Leeds Rhinos 26 (Semi Finals, 15/07/18)

In Betfred Women's Super League:

2023 - Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 0

2023 - Wigan Warriors 0 Leeds Rhinos 52

2022 - Leeds Rhinos 64 Wigan Warriors 16

2022 - Wigan Warriors 16 Leeds Rhinos 48

2021 - Leeds Rhinos 28 Wigan Warriors 10

2021 - Wigan Warriors 6 Leeds Rhinos 28

2019 - Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 0

2019 - Wigan Warriors 4 Leeds Rhinos 12

2018 - Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 18

2018 - Leeds Rhinos 22 Wigan Warriors 23

2018 - Wigan Warriors 14 Leeds Rhinos 20

2023 Semi Final

A tight clash in last year's semi final saw the Rhinos earn a 16-4 win over the Warriors, who offered a stern challenge to Lois Forsell's side.

The game will be remembered for a solo effort from Caitlin Beevers, which turned the match in favour of Leeds, plus Amy Hardcastle and Tara Moxon got over the try line to take the Rhinos to Wembley.

More Information

Tickets and travel for Sunday's game is available to buy now as the Rhinos attempt to return to Wembley Stadium.

Ticket prices for the Totally Wicked Stadium start from £20 for adults, £15 for concessions and £10 for juniors, plus travel tickets are priced at £18 per person. Tickets also include the Men's Cup semi final between Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves too.

Tickets can be purchased via the following methods:

Online- tickets.therhinos.co.uk

Over the phone- 0371 423 1315 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm - Opening Hours) 

In person at Leeds Rhinos Club Shop- Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm (Opening Hours) 

Please always check opening hours before travelling (Opening Hours) 

For more information, click here.

The game will also be available to watch live on the BBC Sport and the Red Button, plus BBC Radio Leeds will have commentary of both the Women's and Men's Cup semi finals from 12pm.

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