Three teams to the semi-finals; Hull FC or Catalans Dragons are set to join them

Three of the four semi-finalists in the Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup are now confirmed following London Roosters’ outstanding performance against Edinburgh Giants at the weekend.

The Roosters join Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos and will be at home to either Hull FC or Catalans Dragons in the semi-finals.

The Super League Roosters scored 21 tries to beat newbies Edinburgh Giants in York on Saturday and will now host Hull or holders Catalans in their Challenge Cup semi-final next Saturday.

The Giants qualified as runners-up in the Challenge Trophy and this was their first full 80-minute game.

Mason Billington, on his London debut and only his second game, ran in four tries, as did England internationals Lewis King and Joe Coyd, along with Jason Owen.

Coyd kicked nine goals and Owen five as the Roosters led 46-0 at half-time.

London and England head coach Tom Coyd, MBE, commented: “I want to give credit to Edinburgh, they pushed their fingers to the bone and fought tooth and nail for every inch.

“It was a fantastic challenge in our first game of the season. It is also a privilege to have been their first opponent in a full match. We have a lot to build on and a lot of anticipation for the Challenge Cup semi-final.”

Matt Wass kicked the first of his two tries to open the scoring, with Steve Murphy also claiming a brace and Jack Linden a touchdown for London.

John Willans, who battled throughout, scored early in the second half for Edinburgh as the final score finished 108-4.

“Today London showed why they are a top side, their speed, game management and execution meant they were too hot to handle,” said Giants coach Martyn Gill. “This was our ninth game as a club and to have earned the right to share that stage will only motivate us to keep working hard. We wish them the best of luck for the rest of the competition and season.”

Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup quarter-final results to date:

Wigan Warriors 70 Halifax Panthers 32

Leeds Rhinos 86 Hereford Harriers 12

London Roosters 108 Edinburgh Giants 4

Hull FC take on Catalans Dragons in the remaining quarter-finals on Saturday (May 11), 5pm, Allam Sports Centre.

The winner will travel to London Roosters in the semi-finals on Saturday 18 May.

The other semi-final is Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (meaning three Wigan teams will be in Challenge Cup semi-final action on the same weekend).

The Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final will be held at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield on Saturday 1st June, KO 2.30pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Sport. Ticket arrangements will be confirmed in due course.

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