Rugby League Challenge Cup Preview, Trends & Analysis

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Wigan Warriors are the bookmakers' favourite for the 2024 Challenge Cup. The Warriors are trying to win the Challenge Cup for a record twenty-first time.

Rugby League Challenge Cup Preview, Trends & Analysis
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Rugby League Challenge Cup 2024

The 2024 Challenge Cup began over the weekend of 13th/14th January with the first round which consists of 20 UK based community teams and teams from the armed forces. This is the 123rd edition of the Challenge Cup.

The second round takes place on the 27th/28th January where ten teams from the National Conference League Premier League are added.

10th/11th February sees teams from the Championship and League One added to the draw. Two further rounds take place on 22-25 February and 7-10 March to bring the qualifiers down to four. 

The four qualifiers are joined by the twelve teams from the Super League on 22-24 March for Round Six.

The quarter finals: 12-14 April

The semi finals: 18-19 May

Final: 8th June

Be sure to see who is fancied in OLBG's top Rugby League tips section.

Rugby League Challenge Cup 2023

Leigh Leopards defeated Hull KR in the 2023 Challenge Cup Final and in doing so recorded their third title and their first since 1970/71.

The 2023 event was the eightieth Challenge Cup played at Wembley with the first final taking place at that venue in 1930 and won by Widnes.

The 2023 Final was tied at 80 minutes 16-16 and is the first final to be settled by the Golden Point. Lachlan Lam scored a drop goal to give Leigh the title.

Leigh Leopards' route to the Final:

  • Semi-Final: Leigh Leopards 12 St Helens 10
  • Quarter-Final: York Knights 14 Leigh Leopards 34
  • Sixth Round: Wakefield Trinity 12 Leigh Leopards 40


Hull KR's route to the Final:

  • Semi-Final: Hull KR 11 Wigan Warriors 10
  • Quarter-Final: Hull KR 28 Salford Red Devils 10
  • Sixth Round: Hull KR 50 Batley Bulldogs 0


Not sure who to back in the Challenge Cup Final? Why not take a look at who OLBG's top Rugby League tipsters are backing?

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Challenge Cup: Last ten winners

Year
Winner
Score
Runner-up
2023
Leigh Leopards
17-16
Hull KR
2022
Wigan
16-14
Huddersfield
2021
St. Helens
26-12
Castleford
2020
Leeds
17-16
Salford
2019
Warrington
18-4
St. Helens
2018
Catalans Dragons
20-14
Warrington
2017
Hull FC
18-14
Wigan
2016
Hull FC
12-10
Warrington
2015
Leeds
50-0
Hull KR
2014
Leeds
23-10
Castleford


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Challenge Cup: Most Wins

Below are all the teams that have won more than three Challenge Cups:

Club
Wins
Last Win
Runners-up
Last final lost
Total finals
Wigan
20
2022
13
2017
33
Leeds
14
2020
12
2012
26
St. Helens
13
2021
10
2019
23
Warrington
10
2019
10
2018
20
Widnes
7
1984
6
1993
13
Huddersfield
6
1953
5
2022
11
Hull
5
2017
12
2013
17
Halifax
5
1987
7
1988
12
Bradford
5
2003
6
2001
11
Wakefield
5
1963
3
1979
8
Castleford
4
1986
2
2021
6

Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. The data in this Rugby League Challenge Cup Preview, Trends & Analysis is managed by James Banting who looks after the Rugby Tipsters and results in the Rugby Tips Section. Our Commercial Content Manager Luke Bradshaw-Lee is a keen Rugby fan; he fact checks the article for accuracy and publication. Together they produce our Rugby Union Previews and Rugby League Previews.

James Banting

James Banting

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James manages the Rugby tips and Tipsters and ensure all data is updated in this article regularly and ready for the next event
Luke Bradshaw Lee

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Luke ensures the accuracy by fact checking the data and edits the copy for publication

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