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Alastair Yeomans
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Monday, 13 March, 2000, 09:31 GMT
Yorkshire giants eye final

Leeds beat Bradford in last year's semi-final
The Challenge Cup final could see a meeting of Leeds and Bradford after the Yorkshire giants avoided each other in the semi-final draw.

The Bulls have ben handed a trip to Leeds' Headingley headquarters, but their opponents there will be Warrington on neutral ground.

Holders Leeds travel to the McAlpine Stadium to face surprise package Hull, providing the cup with an interesting "domestic" argument.

The Rhinos have yet to travel out of the county in their defence of the trophy they won last year, having beaten Bradford in the last four.


It's going to be a long two weeks in our household

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington, husband of Hull chairman Kath
But a final appearance this year would take them out of England - to Edinburgh's Murrayfield stadium where this year's final is being held.

But first comes a tricky semi-final against the East Yorkshire club, who shocked Wigan on Saturday.

The game will cause a rift in the Hetherington household, where Gary is chief executive of Leeds and his wife Kath chairman of Hull.

"It's going to be a long two weeks in our household," admitted Gary Hetherington.

"It's certainly a terrific game in prospect."

Bradford have been installed as favourites following Wigan's demise.


The League game will have no bearing on the Cup-tie

Warrington's Darryl Van de Velde on next week's dress rehearsal
The Bulls produced another impressive performance to beat neighbours Halifax 28-18 in front of a capacity crowd at the Shay.

Warrington's final step to the last four was not as comfortable as they had to wait until the sixth minute of injury time before pipping brave Salford 22-20 at the Willows.

There will be a dress rehearsal for the semi-final when the two sides meet in Super League at Odsal on Sunday.

But Warrington coach Darryl Van de Velde will ignore that result when he comes to prepare for the Cup-tie.

"The League game will have no bearing on the Cup-tie," he said.

"They will be totally different games."

Draw:

  • Bradford v Warrington (25th March at Headingley)
  • Hull v Leeds (26th March at McAlpine Stadium)


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