Date: Sunday 5th August 2018
Kick Off: 14:45
Venue: Macron Stadium (Bolton)
TV: Live on BBC1
Radio: Live on BBC Local Radio and via the BBC Website
Warrington Wolves vs Leeds Rhinos
The Warrington Wolves take on the Leeds Rhinos in a Challenge Cup semi-final live from the Macron Stadium in Bolton and the great news for all rugby fans is that you can watch all of the action live on BBC1.
These 2 giants of the British game will be going al l out for the win and for a place in the final at Wembley Stadium at the end of the month but the importance of the result in this game could have massive says on both teams performances until the end of the season.
Whilst you would expect both of these 2 sides to be battling it out at the top of Super League as well as in this cup semi-final, that is of course not the case this year.
Whilst Warrington have returned to form this year and are looking odds on for a finish in the play-offs, the Rhinos find themselves in a battle just to survive in the Super League.
That is some fall form grace for the reigning Super League champions but they know that a win in this one means that they are just 80 minutes from another trophy success and of course the confidence boost form a visit to Wembley could help them secure a swift return to the top table.
A loss could have the opposite effect whilst the win for Warrington will keep there focus going until the end of the season.
The great news for fan sis that whilst this semi-final is a top team in great form against a team towards the bottom of the Super League in poor form, in a cup game and especially a semi-final, form goes out of the window and it comes down to which teams can handle the pressure on the day and which team performs to the best of their capabilities.
With international stars spread throughout both teams and lots of big game players we are expecting a great game and one that is on appear at least difficult to predict.
Warrington have been inconsistent in terms of results lately with 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw from their last 5 outings. In those 2 losses however, 1 was by a point at Wigan and 1 was by 2 points against Saints.
Leeds have just the 1 win from their last 8 matches, against Widnes and lost heavily at Salford last time out.
As all good semi-finals should be this one is really a flip of the coin to predict.
Warrington bring the better form into the game whilst the Rhinos bring the pedigree but in what we expect to be a close game throughout, that extra practise from the Wolves been involved in tight games this season should come t the for.
Leeds have struggled with game management this season and without a Kevin Sinfield like player out on the field to keep things ticking over and in control, the Rhinos will likely come up short against a well drilled Warrington side.
Score Prediction Warrington Wolves by 4