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Hull KR Advances to Challenge Cup Semis, Avenging 2023 Defeat

Hull KR Triumph Over Leigh Leopards

In a thrilling Challenge Cup encounter, Hull KR emerged victorious against Leigh Leopards, avenging their 2023 final defeat and securing a spot in the 2024 semi-finals with a 26-14 win.

Hull KR got off to a flying start with Joe Burgess making a remarkable run from his own 20-metre line, giving his team an early lead. However, Kai O’Donnell responded for Leigh, putting them in the lead.

The hosts didn’t take long to regain control, with Burgess scoring his second try shortly after the restart. Kelepi Tanginoa further extended their lead, putting KR in a strong position.

Umyla Hanley’s effort kept Leigh in contention, setting up an intense finale. But it was Hull KR’s Niall Evalds and Elliot Minchella who sealed the victory for their team.

While Hull KR’s head coach, Willie Peters, had downplayed the significance of avenging their previous Wembley heartbreak, the Robins displayed a spirited performance, particularly in the second half.

Leigh showcased their strengths, combining Tom Amone’s power upfront with the skillful play of Lachlan Lam and Matt Moylan. Their left-edge attack proved dominant, with O’Donnell capitalizing on Ricky Leutele’s aggressive play, securing a try and leading at halftime.

However, Leigh struggled to maintain momentum, allowing Hull KR to dominate in the second half. Burgess and Tanginoa continued their impressive form, with Burgess scoring his second try under pressure and Tanginoa adding another with a powerful line break.

Although Hanley’s try kept Leigh’s hopes alive, Evalds and Minchella’s efforts ensured Hull KR’s victory. Evalds showcased his skill with a well-executed try, while Minchella’s finish on the hooter sealed the win for Hull KR.

The victory sets up an exciting semi-final for Hull KR, providing them with an opportunity to move past last season’s disappointment and aim for Challenge Cup glory.


Hull KR: Evalds; Burgess, Hiku, Opacic, R. Hall; May, Lewis; Sue, Litten, Whitbread, Hadley, Batchelor, Minchella. Interchanges: Parcell, Storton, Tanginoa, Tennison.

Leigh: Moylan; Hanley, Hardaker, Leutele, Charnley; McNamara, Lam; Amone, Dwyer, Trout, O’Donnell, Halton, Hughes. Interchanges: Nakubuwai, Norman, Davis, Chamberlain.

Referee: Chris Kendall.

Credit: BBC Sport

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