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One of the biggest afternoons of the season saw Hull FC take on the Warrington Wolves at Wembley in the much anticipated 2016 Challenge Cup Final.

It was Super League's top side against the one placed second, the top two sides in the country at the moment. With the bookies finding it a difficult one to call, the stage was set for an absolute classic.

Warrington have won the Challenge Cup on eight occasions, the most recent in 2012, with Hull FC having picked up the famous silverware on three occasions with the most recent being in 2005 when the final was held in Cardiff. Most notably, FC had never won at Wembley.

Round three of the Super Eights Qualifiers would see two clear favourites for Super League 2017 emerge while two sides would finish the weekend needing miracles for their shot at the big time.

Salford and Hull KR met of Friday night in a crucial match for both sides before the Rhinos travelled to London on Saturday afternoon to take on the Broncos. Sunday afternoon saw Featherstone Rovers host the high flying Leigh Centurions while the Huddersfield Giants were at Mount Pleasant to face whipping boys the Batley Bulldogs.

One hundred percenters, the Leeds Rhinos had a trip to a windswept capital to take on a London Broncos side looking to bolster their Super a league 2017 by shocking their visitors.

Last week the Broncos defeated the Batley Bulldogs by a massive 76-16 to show their clear intentions for the Qualifiers. The Rhinos would have been looking forward to the artificial 4G pitch at the Trailfinders, exactly the same as the one that they practice on all week.

The Rhinos were clear favourites but wouldn't underestimate the Broncos.

Coming into the original derby match, Wigan Warriors were entertaining a Saints side who have won their last seven, and who knew that a win tonight would lift them above their old enemy into the all important fourth spot.

A win for the Warriors would send them four points clear of the Saints and come close to sealing their own top-four finish and a place in the play-offs.

Saints were still fuming over the suspensions of Luke Walsh and Luke Thompson but Wigan had their own problems and came into the Game without skipper Sean O'Loughlin and Dom Manfredi.

There are just fifty days to go until the 2016 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday the 8th October. The highlight of the season will see the best two sides to emerge from a long season battle it out for the ultimate prize.

In addition to the feast of rugby entertainment which will be served up by two trophy hungry sides, there will be top rated entertainment from British rock band Feeder and popular funk DJ Craig Charles to get the massive crowd buzzing as the teams take the pitch.

Hull FC had the chance to go three points clear at the top of Super League ahead of the remaining super eights round three fixtures. The Dragons needed a win to keep alive their outside chance of a top four finish.

The Airlie Birds were without skipper Gareth Ellis but welcomed back Marc Sneyd who missed out on last weeks victory. The Dragons were without Todd Carney and Pat Richards whose seasons have both ended following knee injuries, and who are the latest additions to a long injury list which also includes Broughton, Horo and Maria.

FC were strong favourites with the bookies with a win guaranteeing them a top four finish ahead of next Saturday's trip to Wembley.

Round two of the 2016 Super Eights Qualifiers got underway with a Friday night encounter between Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR, two sides who both picked up two points in the first round.

Saturday afternoon saw Salford Red Devils travel up the road to Leigh to take on a Centurions side unbeaten in their last fourteen matches and on Sunday Huddersfield Giants hosted Featherstone Rovers while Batley Bulldogs had to make the trip to London to take on the Broncos.

It what was essentially a play-off for the play-offs St Helens welcomed the Catalans Dragons to Langtree Park for an encounter which would either see the Saints pull four points clear in fourth spot, or put the Catalans back on level terms with five rounds left.

Saints are unbeaten in their last six, their last loss coming on the road at tonight's opponents, the Catalans Dragons. The Dragons managed a win last week to halt a six game losing streak which stretched all the way back to that win over the Saints in early June. The Dragons were also victors when the two last met in St Helens.

The rest of the season was on the line for both clubs.

Round two of the Super Eights saw the league leaders Hull FC taking the trip to Widnes to take on a Vikings side who needed a win to keep their outside hopes of a play-off place alive.

FC lost at home to Castleford last week while the Vikings went down by sixteen points in the south of France against the Catalans. It was honours even in 2016 between these two, but the last time that Hull visited Widnes they got a walloping.

FC were missing half-back and kicker Marc Sneyd who picked up a knock in training, but the Vikings were missing a number of key players through injury and were clear underdogs with the bookies.

The Super Eights Qualifiers will take seven rounds to determine who will play in Super League in 2017 and who will fight out next season in the Championship. Four Super League teams will all fancy their chances to retaining their status but the top four Championship sides will all hope to spring enough upsets to get themselves into the Million Pound Game.

The opening round saw the Leeds Rhinos travel to Featherstone, Leigh Centurions host the London Broncos, Salford Red Devils take on Huddersfield Giants and Hull KR host Batley Bulldogs.
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