• Hull FC 43-24 Leeds
• Last year’s winners to face Wigan or Salford
Hull FC are within 80 minutes of retaining the Challenge Cup for the first time in their history. The holders progressed to a second consecutive Wembley final after emerging from a gripping contest against Leeds – and they will now face Wigan or Salford in rugby league’s showpiece event next month.
Eyebrows were raised in the sport last winter when Hull decided to give the maverick stand-off, Albert Kelly, a chance to resurrect his career in the city having been discarded by cross-city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers. It may have been a gamble – Hull admitted as much – but what a masterstroke it has turned out to be.