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How to watch Rugby League on TV this week as the BBC shows four epic matches

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The Challenge Cup returns this week and we’re through to the semi-final stage of the competition, which means there’s plenty of Rugby League on TV to watch this weekend.

Eight teams are competing for a place at Wembley Stadium.

The top seed in the men’s competition is Hull KR vs Wigan Warriors at the Eco-Power Stadium in Doncaster.

To reach this stage, the Robins breezed past both Salford Red Devils and Leigh Leopards at Craven Park, while the Warriors demolished the Sheffield Eagles at home before thrashing Castleford Tigers at the Jungle.

The teams come into this game with different fortunes: KR came into this game on the back of a disappointing defeat to Warrington Wolves, while Wigan, despite Liam Byrne being sin-binned for the first tackle of the game, beat Huddersfield Giants 48-6. . Interestingly though, the two teams played each other in April, with Hull KR winning 26-10.

The other semi-final sees the other teams from KR and Wigan’s recent Super League fixtures in action as Huddersfield Giants take on Warrington Wolves at The Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens.

Huddersfield shocked Catalans Dragons to win 34-6 in the last round, while Warrington Wolves beat St Helens 31-8.

Huddersfield Giants' Jack Ashworth v Catalans Dragons

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In the women’s competition, St Helens take on York Valkyrie in a clash at the heavyweights of the women’s game.

It is also a replay of the 2021 final, which was the first of three consecutive Challenge Cup wins by the Saints.

Elsewhere, Wigan Warriors take on beaten runners-up from the last two competitions, Leeds Rhinos.

These two teams are currently top two in the league having won all three of their games this season, with the Rhinos coming off an impressive win against York Valkyrie last weekend.

How to watch Rugby League on TV this week as the BBC shows four epic matches

St Helens Tara Jones celebrates a TV Challenge Cup win at Wembley

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St Helens vs York Valkyrie in the Women’s Challenge Cup is on BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer at 11.15am on Saturday.

Later at 1.45pm, Hull KR vs Wigan Warriors in the Men’s Challenge Cup will be shown for free on a mainstream channel, as it is on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Wigan Warriors vs Leeds Rhinos women’s match kicks things off on Sunday and will be on BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer at 12.30pm.

Finally, at 3.15pm, the final game sees Huddersfield Giants vs Warrington Wolves in the men’s competition, which will be on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

Saturday, May 18

St Helens vs York Valkyries Women – 11.15am, BBC Red Button / BBC iPlayer

Hull KR vs Wigan Warriors Men – 1.45pm, BBC One / BBC iPlayer

Sunday May 19

Wigan Warriors vs Leeds Rhinos Women – 12.30pm, BBC Red Button / BBC iPlayer

Huddersfield Giants vs Warrington Wolves Men – 3.15pm, BC One / BBC iPlayer