Hull FC and Castleford Tigers get a Challenge Cup date
THE Coral Challenge Cup sixth round tie between Castleford Tigers and Hull FC - due to be played today but postponed following the positive Covid-19 tests at Hull - will now take place on Sunday September 13, with a 3pm kick-off, live on the BBC.
The BBC has also selected two quarter-finals for live coverage the following weekend, both on Saturday September 19.
The holders, Warrington Wolves, against the team they beat in last year’s Wembley Final, St Helens, kick-off at 230pm with live coverage on BBC One.
Wigan Warriors against the winners of the Castleford-Hull FC tie will be shown live on BBC Two at 5pm.
Venues for the three ties, and details of the remaining last eight meetings – Leeds Rhinos versus Hull Kingston Rovers, and the winners of today’s Catalans Dragons versus Wakefield Trinity tie against Salford Red Devils – are yet to be confirmed.
The semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday October 3, and the final for Saturday October 17 – again, with venues to be confirmed as soon as possible.
RFL’s chief commercial officer Mark Foster said: “Flexibility has been key throughout the various challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic to all sport this year, and the Coral Challenge Cup is no exception.
“We are grateful to our sponsors, to the BBC, and to the clubs involved for recognising the need for that flexibility, as we all work towards providing the best possible climax for the game’s historic knockout competition, in the sport’s 125th year.”
Coral Challenge Cup, 2020
Sixth Round: Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (Saturday August 22, 230pm, John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield); Castleford Tigers v Hull FC (Sunday September 13, 3pm – venue tbc)
Quarter Finals (venues tbc): Warrington Wolves v St Helens (Saturday September 19, 230pm, live on BBC One); Castleford Tigers or Hull FC v Wigan Warriors (Saturday September 19, 5pm, live on BBC Two); Catalans Dragons or Wakefield Trinity v Salford Red Devils (date tbc); Leeds Rhinos v Hull Kingston Rovers (date tbc).
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