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Five rugby league challenge cup tips with holders Leeds Rhinos in action

Leeds Rhinos 2014 Challenge Cup winners

Holders Leeds Rhinos are in action as the Challenge Cup takes centre stage with Wigan and Wakefield also playing take a look at five tips across three featured rugby league Challenge Cup ties, as Wigan take on Hull KR, Leeds host Huddersfield and championship side Leigh travel to Wakefield.

Michael McIlorum anytime try-scorer
Wigan’s hooker scored last time out in the emphatic 28-0 win over Castleford Tigers, and will likely be thrown in again as the Warriors welcome Hull KR to the DW Stadium.

The 27-year-old scored midway through the first half, and looked generally impressive, both at play the ball, and hitting behind the ruck area. As a result, he is 5/2 with William Hill to cross anytime.

Winning margin: Wigan 21-30 points
At the beginning of May, the Cherry and Whites won 60-0 over KR, so the Humberside outfit will be more than up for the challenge; however, Wigan are in a fantastic run of form, and are scoring from virtually anywhere on the field.

Although winning might be too hard a task, keeping the Warriors down to a winning margin of a more conservative 21-30 points could be achievable, with this outcome offered at 11/4 by Ladbrokes.

Huddersfield to beat Leeds
At the end of April, the Giants pushed the Rhinos close with the match finishing 24-24 at The John Smiths Stadium in what was an entertaining clash.

Although this is played at Headingley, and against the holders, Paul Anderson’s side still have a decent chance, and having enjoyed success against the Rhinos’ for their rivals Bradford Bulls over the years, the Giants coach will be looking for a big scalp here. The visitors are a free bet cert 2/1 with Bet365 to record a win.

First scoring play: Leeds Rhinos try
At home, in front of what is sure to be a capacity crowd, the Rhinos should be more than up for making a fast start at Headingley.

They have try-scoring talent all over the field, with Kallum Watkins and Ash Handley, though also the old guard like Rob Burrow, Danny McGuire and Jamie Peacock. William Hill are offering an odds-on price of 5/6 for the first scoring play of the game to be a Leeds try.

Leigh to beat Wakefield
Two teams that are technically next to each other clash in this Challenge Cup tie, with Leigh flying high in the Championship, and the Wildcats bottom of the Super League.

Leigh have won every match of the season so far, and are more than capable of beating Wakefield, despite being away. They are 6/5 with SkyBet to win the match.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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  1. […] After 14 matches, Leeds sit at the top of the Super League table and have lost just three games all year. The Rhinos boast the best attacking unit in the division and are more than capable of scoring brilliant tries. With the likes of Kevin Sinfield, Zak Hardaker and Kallum Watkins all in good form, Leeds are one of the best teams in the world right now and will be quietly confident of retaining the Challenge Cup. Firstly, they must get past Huddersfield Giants this weekend and, despite the two sides playing out a 24-24 draw last month, the Rhinos will be confident that they can reach the next round. […]