How to watch the 2022 Challenge Cup final on TV and online
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Huddersfield Giants and Wigan Warriors travel down to the capital this weekend to take part in the Challenge Cup final. It’s the first piece of silverware on offer to both teams this season and they’ll be determined to come away with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with something to show for their efforts.
Tickets are selling fast for the clash and those planning to attend will be treated to two games, with the 1895 Cup final between Leigh Centurions and Featherstone Rovers set to be played, too. Both games will be shown live on TV and here’s all the information you need.
Yes. The BBC will be showing the clash on BBC One and across a number of their platforms. Coverage is due to get underway at 2pm with Mark Chapman to present the show from Tottenham.
The 1895 Cup final will be free to watch on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and the Red Button, while Premier Sports have confirmed they will also be providing coverage of the contest.
The former Hull KR players set to line up in Saturday's Tottenham double header
Aaron Smith, Craig Hall and Iain Thornley could pick up silverware this weekend as the former Robins head to Tottenham with their respective clubs for the 1896 and Challenge Cup finals.
Ex Hull KR players Aaron Smith, Craig Hall and Iain Thornley will all take to the field this weekend hoping to win silverware for the respective clubs in Leigh Centurions, Featherstone Rovers and Wigan Warriors colours.
The saying is, "Once a Robin, always a Robin", as Rovers fans will have a watchful eye on their former players this weekend, especially with fans' favourite Craig Hall, who will be looking to emulate his performance in last year's final, as he picked up the Ray French man of the match award after a fantastic outing at Wembley. Hall and Smith will battle it out for the 1895 Cup, as holders Featherstone Rovers face Leigh Centurions at 12pm.
It's the third edition of the competition, which was first won by Sheffield Eagles in 2019 before Craig Hall inspired Featherstone to a dramatic 41-34 victory over York City Knights last year, a game which saw Mikey Lewis cross the whitewash at Wembley whilst on loan at the Knights from the Robins.
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Iain Thornley and his Wigan Warriors teammates then take centre stage for the main event, as Huddersfield Giants stand in the way of Wigan lifting their 20th Challenge Cup. Thornley, who made 30 appearances for Rovers during his two-year stint, has already lifted the famous trophy with the Cherry and Whites in 2013 when Wigan beat Hull FC 16-0 as the rain poured down on the national stadium.
It’s one of the biggest weekends of the season even though we’re treated to just five live games.
Why are there so few games? Because taking centre stage is of course the two finals which are set to take place on Saturday.
At the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium, Featherstone and Leigh kick things off in the 1895 Cup Final in a game where not only silverware is up for grabs but grabbing rights and an all-important blow in the race for promotion as the Championship’s two best teams battle. Not only is this game live on Premier Sports but it’ll also be available on BBC iplayer.
Straight after that is one of the biggest games of any season as Wigan and Huddersfield contest for the oldest and most prestigious trophy in rugby league: the Challenge Cup.
It’s been 13 years since the Giants last played in a cup final whilst the Warriors are looking to add to their enviable collection of Challenge Cups with victory over the Giants.
If that’s not enough rugby for you, then three big games from the NRL will wet your appetite. Melbourne on the back of rare back-to-back defeats as they face rivals Manly.
Meanwhile, Premiers Penrith take on North Queensland on Friday before on Saturday the in form Cronulla battle Sydney.
James Child to referee Challenge Cup final for first time as officials revealed
James Child will officiate the Challenge Cup Final for the first time in his 13-year career as a full-time rugby league referee. Child has been confirmed as the referee for Saturday's showdown between Huddersfield Giants and Wigan Warriors at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It marks the first occasion Child has been given the job of refereeing the cup final, and adds him to a select group of officials who have been in the middle for both the Challenge Cup Final and the Super League Grand Final.
He has been touch judge in five previous Challenge Cup Finals, all at Wembley, and video referee in two finals too. “It is an honour to be appointed to referee the 2022 Betfred Challenge Cup Final,” he said.
“The Challenge Cup is so special to many rugby league fans and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looks to be an amazing venue for such a prestigious event.”
Steve Ganson, the RFL’s Head of Match Officials, said: “On behalf of the Match Officials Department, I’m proud to announce James Child as the referee for the 2022 Challenge Cup Final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. This is the first Challenge Cup Final for James as referee and he is thoroughly deserving of the appointment after a strong start to 2022. James has a strong team of officials around him who we know will perform to a high level come Saturday in London.”
Johnny Roberts and Jack Smith will be Touch Judges, with Chris Kendall appointed as Video Referee. Meanwhile, Liam Moore has been appointed as referee for the 1895 Cup Final between Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions, which will also be played at Tottenham on Saturday, kicking off at midday. Andy Smith and Neil Horton will be touch judges. Dean Bowmer and Richard Thompson are in goal judges, with no video referee.