Tag: Coral Challenge Cup

“A really special moment” Dan Sarginson

Dan Sarginson is looking forward to building on the past season with Salford Red Devils, following his contract extension. 

The England international enjoyed a promising debut campaign at Salford and believes there is more to come from him and his teammates.

Sarginson said: “Obviously the position in the table didn’t represent our year, but I think the Challenge Cup Final and how we played in some of those games – I think we’re building something special.

“We’ve got some great players here if we can unlock their potential.”

The centre pointed out his golden point winner in the Coral Challenge Cup Quarter-Final as the highlight of his first season with the Red Devils.

“Scoring that try against Catalans in the last minute – Kevin (Brown) putting me in the corner. It wasn’t necessarily me scoring the try. It was just the whole process of making the Final.

“That was just a really special moment for me.”

The 27-year-old is hoping to continue to impress in 2021, with the international honours also on his mind.

“Obviously it’s the World Cup year and I just want to have a massive year and try and stay in that England squad,” Sarginson added.

“Alongside bettering my game again next year for Salford and continuing to improve.”

Sarginson was recognised by his teammates for his impressive performances in 2020, earning himself the Players’ Player Award.

“The Players’ Player Award I think is pretty special. I hold it in quite high regard.

“I’ve never actually won that award at any other club and it’s always been the one I’ve wanted to get,” he said.

New signing Joe Burgess had some kind words to say on Sarginson, having played alongside him at Wigan Warriors.

“I’ve missed Sarg (Dan Sarginson). He’s a big character on and off the field, so I’m looking forward to working with him again.”

Supporters can get behind both of them, by purchasing 2021 season tickets early. Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch the team in action. Further details can be found HERE.

 

James Greenwood “A really good culture”

Salford Red Devils’ James Greenwood believes the Club’s culture had changed massively when he returned to the AJ Bell Stadium permanently this year, compared to his time as a loanee in 2015. 
The 29-year-old arrived at Salford five years ago on loan from Wigan Warriors, and after signing permanently from Hull Kingston Rovers this year, noticed a big difference in the Club’s setup.
“I probably couldn’t even describe how different it is,” Greenwood said.
“I think it’s the culture, the staff and Ian Watson – just what they’re trying to build now.
“They’re getting players to perform together – wanting to perform together, and the proof is in the pudding. They’ve got a really good culture going, I think that’s huge.”
Greenwood played a pivotal role in Salford’s Coral Challenge Cup run, scoring in the Quarters, Semis and the Final, which can all be watched on RDTV.
Speaking on his Wembley try, Greenwood said: “At the time I thought we’d just about managed to start breaking Leeds down. In our heads we were like ‘we’ve got these now.’
“I’ll definitely look back on it as part of my career, three consecutive cup games and three tries.”


Salford have no time to dwell on the disappointment of last weekend, with Wigan next on Friday night in the Betfred Super League.
“We’ll be back in training, focusing on that game. Wigan was the last game before lockdown at home, and we did a job on them then,” Greenwood added.
“I don’t see why we can’t do a job on them again, I think they’re there for the taking.”
All matches from Salford Red Devils’ 2020 Coral Challenge Cup campaign are available to watch on RDTV.

Coral will sponsor the Men’s and Women’s Challenge Cup

The Rugby Football League have agreed an historic commercial partnership with Coral to include both the men’s and women’s Challenge Cups in a two-year, seven-figure deal.
The two competitions will come together when the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final shares the stage with the men’s semi finals in a triple header at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday July 27.
The men’s Coral Challenge Cup Final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24.
“This is a really significant day both for the Challenge Cup, and for women’s Rugby League,” said Ralph Rimmer, the RFL chief executive.
“The men’s Challenge Cup is one of the iconic competitions and trophies of British sport, with more than 120 years of history, and the famous Wembley final televised live to the nation and the world by the BBC.
“The Women’s Challenge Cup may not have that history, but Coral’s enthusiasm for it to be part of a joint sponsorship deal confirms our determination that it is set for a really exciting future.
“With Coral’s name now linked to both the men’s and women’s Challenge Cups, it’s equally exciting to be able to extend the double header for the men’s semi finals that proved such a big hit last year, and now incorporate the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final.
“The University of Bolton Stadium proved a popular venue for the sold-out double header last summer, so we’re delighted to be going back for a triple header in 2019.
“We are confident that thousands of the supporters of the teams who reach the semi finals of the men’s Coral Challenge Cup will also take the opportunity to watch the outstanding spectacle provided by our best women’s teams – and that will ensure their skills and athleticism are seen by the record audience they deserve.”
Adrian Osman, the Head of Sponsorship and Events at Coral, said: “The Rugby League Challenge Cup and the final at Wembley are flagship events in British sport, and we are delighted that Coral’s name will now be associated with them in this significant deal. In addition, the opportunity to get involved with women’s sport and the development of women’s Rugby League as the first title sponsors of the Women’s Challenge Cup is hugely exciting for us – and combining the final with the semi finals of the Coral Challenge Cup should produce another great event. We’re really looking forward to seeing the two competitions unfold through the spring and summer.
Leeds Rhinos are the Women’s Challenge Cup holders, having beaten Castleford Tigers in a classic final at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium last summer.
The RFL also confirmed today that the 2018 Wembley winners Catalans Dragons will defend the Coral Challenge Cup, after reaching an agreement with the French club to end recent uncertainty about their participation.
They will enter the competition at the Sixth Round stage in May, having finished in the top eight of the Super League in 2018.
The teams who finished in the bottom four will enter in the Fifth Round in April.
The Road to Wembley begins this weekend, with 52 community clubs competing in First-Round ties from Portsmouth to Wallsend, and featuring Sunday’s meeting on the Cumbrian coast between the oldest amateur club in the country, Millom, and the Challenge Cup newcomers Red Star Belgrade – which will be streamed live on the BBC Sport online platforms.
The Trans-Pennine battle between Orrell St James and Holmfirth’s Underbank Rangers will be shown live on the RFL’s Our League membership App and Website the previous day.
Tickets for the triple header at the University of Bolton on Saturday July 27 go on sale today, and are available here –https://rugbyleague.tickethour.co.uk/seatingPlan.html?idProduct=560.
Tickets for the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24 are available here – https://www.rugby-league.com/tickets/challenge_cup_final