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Castleford Tigers' Oliver Holmes is tackled by Wigan Warriors Jack Hughes (left) and Matty Smith (right) during the Tetley's Challenge Cup Quarter Final match at the DW Stadium, Wigan.

Challenge Cup 2014: Widnes Vikings rewarded for eliminating Wigan with enticing semi-final against fellow surprise packets Castleford Tigers

Leed Rhinos will meet the Warrington Wolves in the other semi-final in a repeat of the 2010 and 2012 final

Castleford Tigers prop Lee Jewitt scored a try in their Challenge Cup win over Wigan

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Tigers inflict a first home Cup defeat on the Warriors for the first time since 1986

Hull KR centre Sean Gleeson has had to retire at 26 due to injuries sustained in a street assault

Assault victim Sean Gleeson forced to call it a day

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Francis Cummins believes a decent run of fixtures for the Bulls puts pressure on their relegation rivals

Bradford 20 Wakefield 12 match report: 'I won’t waste my energy on points deduction,' says Francis Cummins

Francis Cummins, the Bradford coach, stressed he can only control what happens on the field after his side beat Super League rivals Wakefield 20-12 on Sunday ahead of Wednesday’s crucial appeal against an early-season points deduction.

Denis Betts rues loss after brawl sparks revival for Castleford

Widnes head coach Denis Betts admitted his side failed to handle their emotions as they threw away a half-time lead to slip to a 34-22 defeat at high-flying Castleford.

Bradford coach Francis Cummins remains bullish as pressure builds on lowly rivals

Bradford coach Francis Cummins senses his team's ailing fortunes could be about to change as clubs reach the halfway mark in Super League.

Super League round-up: Leaders Leeds back on song as Robbie Ward lands debut try

Robbie Ward scored a debut try as Leeds bounced back from their Magic Weekend disappointment with a 20-6 victory over Hull.

Bradford coach Francis Cummins remains bullish as pressure builds on lowly rivals

Bradford coach Francis Cummins senses his team's ailing fortunes could be about to change as clubs reach the halfway mark in Super League.

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Salford 4 Wigan 25 match report: Joe Burgess's two tries put Wigan in touch with the top

Teenage winger caps impressive display by club's young contingent
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Warrington coach Tony Smith hailed a ‘pretty successful’ event for his team and for rugby league

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Widnes 30 Salford 24 match report: Vikings edge 11-try thriller to extend Salford's winless run to six

Widnes' first Magic Weekend victory comes at the thired attempt after seeing a late Paddy Flynn try earn the win

Ben Pomeroy of Catalan Dragons tries to break the london line during the Super League match between London Broncos and Catalan Dragons at Etihad Stadium

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