Challenge Cup Preview: Final
The Wolf previews the 2016 Challenge Cup Final.
Hull FC v Warrington
The Challenge Cup final at Wembley is one of the great events on the sporting calendar and the Rugby League world will be watching on Saturday night when Hull FC and Warrington square off in what will be a mammoth clash.
Hull FC are led by halfback Marc Sneyd and hooker Danny Houghton will former NRL player Mark Minichiello, Fetulia Talanoa, Carlos Tuimivave, Steve Michaels, Frank Pritchard and Mahe Fonua in the team.
Warrington have an all-star team led by Australian halves Chris Sandow and Kurt Gidley. Ashton Sims is the other former NRL player while Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Ben Currie and Ryan Atkins are England internationals. Lock Joe Westerman is in doubt with injury.
Challenge Cup History
Warrington have won eight Challenge Cups including 2009, ’10 and ’12. They’ve also lost eight finals, the last of which was in 1990.
Hull FC have a tortured Cup final history with just three wins from 15 finals, the last of which was in 2005. Since then they have lost twice on final day.
The two have never met in a Challenge Cup final.
Challenge Cup Run In
Hull FC opened their campaign with a 47-18 demolition of St Helens before disposing of Catalans in the quarters and then grinding out a famous 16-12 semi win over Wigan.
Warrington belted Oldham 70-10 in their first Challenge Cup fixture before squeaking past Widnes 20-18 in the quarters. In the semi the Wolves won 56-12 over Wakefield.
Super League Form
Hull FC lead the Super League competition with a 17-6 record and a +140 differential, the second best in the competition. Hull FC are coming off two Super League wins where they have scored 82 points and conceded 0. Warrington have a 16-6-1 record and sit just a point behind Hull FC in second. Their +250 differential is clear best in Super League. The Wolves have won 5 of their last 6 Super League games.
Hull FC have won both clashes against Warrington this year 26-24 and 19-12.
Hull FC by 7
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