The semi finals of the first AB Sundecks 1895 Cup will be staged back-to-back on the afternoon of Sunday July 28, allowing both to be shown exclusively live through Our League.
The action will kick off at the Olympic Legacy Park in Sheffield at 2pm, as Mark Aston’s Eagles aim to reach Wembley for the first time since their famous Challenge Cup shock against Wigan in 1998 – with a home semi final against Batley, who were the first ever Challenge Cup winners in 1897, but have not reached the final since it was switched to Wembley in 1929.
Then at 4pm, with the first place in the first 1895 Cup Final secure, the focus will switch to the Leigh Sports Village for the showdown between two clubs with a rich Wembley pedigree.
Leigh will be aiming for a first Wembley appearance since 1971, when Alex Murphy won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in their 24-7 Challenge Cup triumph against Leeds.
But they will face a Widnes team who have made no fewer than 13 Wembley appearances, including seven Challenge Cup wins – but whose last appearance came in a 1993 defeat by Wigan.
Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our League has followed the new Road to Wembley for non-Super League clubs with live coverage from ties at Hunslet, Barrow and most recently York where Batley secured their semi final place in Golden Point extra time.
“So we’re delighted to confirm that both semi finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup will be shown exclusively live on Our League – and our thanks go to all four clubs for being flexible with the kick-off times and allowing this to happen.
“It sets up a fantastic weekend of knockout Rugby League following the Coral Challenge Cups triple header in Bolton on the Saturday – and means that Our League members will be able to watch all the action live as we find out which two Championship clubs will join the Challenge Cup semi final winners at Wembley on August 24.”
AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Semi Finals – both games on Sunday July 28, to be shown live on Our League:
- Sheffield Eagles v Batley Bulldogs – at Olympic Legacy Park, Sheffield, 2pm kick-off;
- Leigh Centurions v Widnes Vikings – at Leigh Sports Village, 4pm kick-off.
- (AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final – Saturday August 24, Wembley Stadium, 530pm kick-off)
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