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Joel Monaghan and Josh Mantellato 7/2 to both score in Challenge Cup Semi-Final

  • Warrington Wolves have won three Challenge Cup Finals in six seasons
  • Hull KR not reached Wembley since 1986
  • Monaghan and Mantellato both match winners

Hull Kingston Rovers will be looking to cause another Challenge Cup upset when they take on Warrington Wolves for a place in the Final on Saturday.

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The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup is the major cup competition in rugby league and the tournament sponsors have some decent enhanced try scorer doubles for this clash.

The Robins caused the upset of the tournament in round five when they knocked out 19 time Challenge Cup winners Wigan Warriors 16-12. They then went on to beat another Super League outfit in Catalans Dragons 32-26 to move into the semi-finals.

Hull KR have not been to Wembley since losing to Castleford in 1986 and they have not won the competition since getting the better of bitter rivals Hull FC 10-5 in 1980 – Their only ever Challenge Cup Final success.

Josh Mantellato of Hull Kingston Rovers kicks at goal. (Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Warrington, on the other hand, have won the Challenge Cup eight times in their history and have won three in the last six years.

The Wolves kicked off their campaign with a convincing 52-10 away win at Championship side Dewsbury Rams before knocking out Leigh Centurions 34-24 in the quarter-finals.

Ladbrokes are the tournament sponsors and they have some decent enhanced try scorer doubles on offer to keep your interest throughout the 80 minutes.

Warrington have prolific try scorer Joel Monaghan in their ranks and he is a key figure in the team seeing as he has scored 136 tries for the club since joining them from Australia in 2011. 

Hull KR have their own points machine in their line-up in Josh Mantellato – Since arriving on Humberside at the start of 2015 he has scored 18 tries and kicked 91 goals and if the Robins are to make it to Wembley then he could be the difference.

On those statistics alone Ladbrokes have put odds of 7/2 on the market that Monaghan and Mantellato both get over the line for a four pointer.

Mantellato is also 6/1 to score a try at any time in the game, while you can back Warrington’s Gene Ormsby and Hull KR’s Ken Sio at 4/1 to score a try each.

Warrington will be without England international Ben Westwood for the semi-final after he was handed a two game suspension for a shoulder charge on Castleford Tigers’ Luke Gale last weekend. Joe Philbin and Sam Wilde are hoping to get the nod from coach Tony Smith to replace Westwood.

Smith has also called up Rhys Evans and Gary Wheeler to his 19-man squad after full-back Matty Russell’s season looks to be over following a serious ankle injury.

Hull KR coach Chris Chester is able to bring back half-back Albert Kelly after his missed last weekend’s defeat against St Helens with a leg problem and is likely to partner new scrum-half Dane Chisolm for the first time.

Ken Sio and Kevin Larroyer have also been recalled for their biggest game of the season so far with prop Greg Burke one of the players to make way.

Warrington Wolves versus Hull Kingston Rovers will be held at the home of Leeds Rhinos - Headingley - on Saturday afternoon with a kick-off time of 1245 BST. This game will be screened live on BBC One.


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