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  1. Hull FC tries from Kelly, Tuimavave (2), Green, Watts, Shaul and Taylor
  2. Leeds tries from Hall (2), Watkins and Golding
  3. Holders Hull FC reach third final in five years
  4. Live coverage: Watch BBC One, listen to BBC Radio 5 live or local radio

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK


FT: Hull FC 43-24 Leeds

So it will be Old Faithful rather than Marching on Together that will be heard around the pubs of Doncaster tonight, after Hull FC ruthlessly exercised their qualities against Leeds Rhinos.

The Challenge Cup holders turned in a performance of control, discipline, pace, power and skill to overcome their opponents, after a ding-dong arm-wrestle of a first period.

Leeds focus on the league, Hull FC continue their double bid. What a semi-final.

We do it all again tomorrow with Salford against Wigan. Join us from 14:00 BST.

Until then, thanks for being with us today. Have a good evening.


Still plenty for Leeds to play for

FT: Hull FC 43-24 Leeds

Naturally for a team of winners such as Leeds Rhinos there will be immense disappointment that they did not make the final of the Challenge Cup this season, but there are huge games ahead for them to realign their focus for.

Second placed going into the Super 8s, Leeds have genuine Grand Final ambitions. Their experience in big games will be key, if they can shrug off this disappointment in time for next Friday's opening game against Wigan.

Danny McGuire

John Kear's thoughts on Salford-Wigan

Salford v Wigan (14:30 BST - Sun)

Challenge Cup specialist John Kear gives his thoughts on tomorrow's game between Salford and Wigan.

John Kear

Four teams, two semi-finals, one Wembley aim

Challenge Cup specialist John Kear previews this season's semi-final ties - Hull FC v Leeds and Wigan v Salford.

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Red Rose rivals battle it out for Wembley

Salford v Wigan (14:30 BST - Sun)

We know who will be representing Yorkshire in the Challenge Cup final given the draw kept the two counties apart in the split, with Hull FC of the East Riding making their way to Wembley.

Lancashire gets a go tomorrow, with Salford and Wigan battling it out at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium.

One man all eyes will be on is Manu Vatuvei. The Kiwi international known as the Beast, will be looking to give his new side Salford a big lift on the road to Wembley.

Wigan celebrate

Wigan 27-14 Salford

Wigan Warriors will face Hull FC in the Challenge Cup final next month following a thrilling victory over Salford.

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The Hull lad who took his team to Wembley

FT: Hull FC 43-24 Leeds

Prop Taylor score for Hull

What a moment for Scott Taylor, the Hull fan living the dream for his boyhood team.

The celebrations with the fans say it all.

Hull have a few homegrown players in their ranks and it is a big strength in terms of team spirit and desire.

"Hull were very good, they stifled us"

FT: Hull FC 43-24 Leeds

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott told BBC Sport:

"They were very good. It was a good contest in the first half but, as Lee Radford said, they stifled us in the second half and their kicking game was outstanding.

"A couple of kick tries gave them a numerical advantage, which wasn't insurmountable but with the lack of field position we didn't have in that second half, I thought they were really good.

"We weren't awful, but they were really good."

"Leeds didn't fail to test us"

FT: Hull FC 43-24 Leeds

Hull FC half-back and man of the match Marc Sneyd told BBC Sport:

"People don't realise how important kicking is, in games like this it makes a massive difference.

"We knew full well what we were walking into and Leeds didn't fail to test us.

"But we've stood up and done what's needed to be done so we're really happy with ourselves.

"To get to Wembley two years on the bounce is something else."

Radford delighted by "special" success

FT: Hull FC 43-24 Leeds

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford told BBC Sport:

"It's special, what we've spoken about all season, we defend that trophy.

"Special mention goes to conditioning and physio staff - I had a full pack of cards to have that is a credit at this stage of the season.

"We stifled them of field position, fixed up in second period and credit to Marc Sneyd's kicking game."

Shaul scores 'beautiful' 75-yard try to seal place in the final

Jamie Shaul scores 'beautiful' 75-yard try to seal place in the final

This was the moment that Hull FC put themselves into the Challenge Cup final.

Take a bow, Jamie Shaul. Turbo.

Full time

FT: Leeds 43-24 Leeds

Hull FC ended their Wembley hoodoo in 2016 with a thrilling victory against Warrington and they have the opportunity to defend their crown at the national stadium after a ruthless dismantling of Leeds Rhinos.

Marc Sneyd and Albert Kelly did the damage on the back of a massive forward pack - massive in stature and effort.

Leeds have quality but Hull kept them largely quiet. There's much for them to play for still, but they won't be going back to Wembley.

As for Hull, the double is still a possibility. They have a big few months to come.

TRY Hull FC 43-24 Leeds

Ashton Golding, con Jordan Lilley

Consolation for Leeds in a score by Ashton Golding. Won't blemish Hull's joy. Leeds though have a more flattering scoreline to take into the Super League Super 8s.

Golding scores late consolation try for Rhinos


Hull FC 43-18 Leeds

Ashton Golding burrows in... we've gone to the screen.

Hull FC 43-18 Leeds

This is as professional, as ruthless a destruction by any team in the Super League or Challenge Cup in this second half.

Marc Sneyd's job as the general for Hull earns him the BBC TV man of the match. Superb effort.

TRY Hull FC 43-18 Leeds

Scott Taylor, con Marc Sneyd

Hull score and it's a man of the city who notches it up, England prop Scott Taylor took a pop from dummy half to bash in.

Cue the celebrations. 'He's one of their own' sing the Hull faithful. Sensational finish for the Airlie Birds.

Job done. Off to Wembley.

Prop Taylor score for Hull

TRY Hull FC 37-18 Leeds

Jamie Shaul, con Marc Sneyd


Jamie Shaul had 90 metres and a full Leeds line in front of him when he plucked up a kick in his own end and turned on the turbo to go the length of the field.

STUNNING. What a finish. What a try. Hull fans, book your tickets now. You're off to Wembley on 26 August.

Jamie Shual scores 'beautiful' 75-yard try to seal place in the final

Watch: Carlos Tuimavave hits back for Hull

Hull have a foot in the final now, they've had to come from behind twice in this game to do it. But they are now in control.

Carlos Tuimavave has two, here's his Hull's second try...

Carlos Tuimavave hits back for Hull

Hull FC 31-18 Leeds

Another Leeds move comes to an end, Hull have an easy claim.

Body language wise Leeds look like this one has slipped away. Hull's fans are in song.

Hull FC 31-18 Leeds

Hull's execution finally lets them down as they go through under the posts but the ball went forward when Albert Kelly had a dig at scoring.

Leeds running out of time. Hull closer to a Wembley return as Yorkshire's representative in 2017.

Hull FC 31-18 Leeds

Leeds penalised for offside and now Hull have another chance to strike.

Scott Taylor put into space and just held up... Leeds rocking.

TRY Hull FC 31-18 Leeds

Liam Watts, con Marc Sneyd

Game over? Liam Watts gets the try he deserves for a rampaging display.

Albert Kelly jinked along the line waiting for Leeds to open a gap, and picked his spot beautifully.

Watts steamed through. Try. Hull FC feel like they are on the way to Wembley now.

Liam Watts try extends Hull's lead

Hull FC 25-18 Leeds

Liam Watts held up under the posts! Hull go for broke to the left and then on the last Jamie Shaul forces a drop out.

Leeds run it behind with Danny McGuire. More pressure to come.

Hull FC 25-18 Leeds

What a dramatic finish we could be in for now.

Leeds making progress but then cough up possession with an obstruction penalty. Gives Hull chance to strike. Next try is massive.

Watch: Carlos Tuimavave scores his second try

Hull have targeted Tom Briscoe with high kicks this afternoon - it paid off earlier in the half as Carlos Tuimavave scored his second try and extended the lead for his side.

Carlos Tuimavave scores his second try

TRY Hull FC 25-18 Leeds

Kallum Watkins, con Kallum Watkins

WOW. Never write off the Rhinos. Kallum Watkins scores a stunning try with pace and power on the back of Danny McGuire's kick.

It was deft touch from McGuire to slide a little kick in behind, Watkins took it, dummied, scored.

Huge response! All set up for the finish now. Into the final quarter.

Watkins try reduces the deficit

Hull FC 25-12 Leeds

Marc Sneyd and company are giving a perfect display of how to manage a game. Leeds forced back to their own 10 metres from the Hull half's booming kick to touch.

It's first rate game management.

Hull FC 25-12 Leeds

Carlos Tuimavave is a half playing in the centres and that kick there was evidence of his talents. Drilled into the corner to frustrate Leeds and give Hull a breather.

Hull have some excellent pivots throughout the squad, especially with Jake Connor on the bench.

Leeds meanwhile going forward with purpose. Watch this space...

Watch: Chris Green try puts Hull ahead

You can see why the Hull fans have forgiven Albert Kelly for his days at their neighbours on the other side of the city.

You can see Kelly's fantastic assist for Chris Green's try here...

Chris Green try puts Hull ahead

DROP-GOAL Hull FC 25-12 Leeds

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd just tips one through the uprights to push the gap to three converted scores.

Hull FC had a good few bashes on the Leeds line before taking the one-pointer.

Their fans have their voice right now. Leeds need to act quickly.

Hull FC 24-12 Leeds

Hull really mixing up their play around the ruck and at the line. Out the back, switch, flat-pass. Leeds are always thinking.

Leeds concede a penalty for impeding on a high kick, blocking off Fetuli Talanoa.

Hull FC 24-12 Leeds

Danny McGuire gets his head bandaged. There's no way you'll drag him off this field.

His side are battling for field position at the moment. Their last tackle play comes up with a Hull penalty. Not happening for the Rhinos at the moment. Plenty of effort but no reward.

Hull FC 24-12 Leeds

Almost a piece of Danny McGuire magic to put Tom Briscoe in for Leeds.

Goes through into space and tries to nudge one to his winger. Just too much on it.

They'll need his mastery to overcome this deficit.

Hull FC 24-12 Leeds

Can anyone stop Hull from retaining the Challenge Cup? Leeds have been rushed either side of half-time by the Black and Whites.

They're finding space and getting go-forward. Danny Houghton growing in influence. Leeds look shellshocked.

TRY Hull FC 24-12 Leeds

Carlos Tuimavave, con Marc Sneyd

Again Tom Briscoe is peppered and again Hull FC profit. Great kick from Marc Sneyd who puts it right on the head of Briscoe. Fetuli Talanoa has momentum, leaps and taps to Carlos Tuimavave who has a simple scoot over.

Tuimavave gets his second. Hull pulling clear. Tom Briscoe's hellish afternoon continues.

Carlos Tuimavave scores his second try

'Hull bomb it'

Hull FC 18-12 Leeds

Brian Noble

Ex-Great Britain coach on BBC One

"They have bombed that. What a fantastic passage of play until the end.

"Like this game, it had everything."

Hull FC 18-12 Leeds

What a waste from Hull!

Albert Kelly put Josh Griffin away down the right and chipped in-field. Jamie Shaul picked up the pieces, fizzed to the left and Marc Sneyd went to find Fetuli Talanoa but the ball went to touch.

Decision making the issue there.

Huuuuuuuuge let-off for Leeds.

Hull FC 18-12 Leeds

Danny McGuire drills a kick in behind on the last to turn Hull FC around back in their own 10.

Territory play from Leeds.


Hull FC 18-12 Leeds

Hull to get us underway for the second-half. Ball goes into the Leeds half.

They will bring the ball away.

HT: Hull FC 18-12 Leeds

So, what of the next 40 minutes to come of the Challenge Cup semi-final?

Hull's big pack need to stick to their task and we all know Marc Sneyd will keep attacking that Leeds right edge.

Leeds have to keep their calm, they're one converted score behind.

It's all to play for.

Watch: Albert Kelly goes over for Hull

Albert Kelly has been very influential for Hull in this half.

Here he is earlier fooling the Leeds defence and going over for the Black and Whites first try of the afternoon.

Albert Kelly goes over for Hull

'Tit for tat game'

HT: Hull FC 18-12 Leeds

It was tit for tat as everyone expected. We got back into the game and grown into it.

Danny HoughtonHull FC hooker told BBC One