Wigan Warriors fall at penultimate hurdle as women and men’s teams crash out of 2023 Challenge Cup

A double dose of disappointment for both Wigan sides this weekend.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 25th July 2023

Wigan Warriors have crashed out of the 2023 Men’s and Women’s Challenge Cup final after being bested by Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR, respectively, at the weekend.

Wigan‘s women’s team stood steadfast throughout the opening 45 minutes, keeping things level at 4-4 following a hard-fought first half, but sadly let their foothold slip after play resumed.

As reported by The Hoot, the Rhinos broke the stalemate around the hour mark and began to pull ahead over in Headingley thanks to two tries and two penalty kicks.

Close but, sadly, no cigar.

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Despite the likes of Bari Salihi and Rachel Thompson putting in strong performances, the score ended 16-4, bringing an end to Kris Ratcliffe’s side’s Challenge Cup run.


With Leeds’ Tara Moxon adding the decisive third try after 65 minutes and Eloise Hayward adding two goals to the tally, the Rhinos booked their place in the final at Wembley on Saturday, 12 August — a repeat of last year’s meeting.

Sadly, the men’s team suffered the same fate as head coach Matt Peet and his squad fell foul to a painful drop goal winner in golden point extra time against Hull. He’s the moment they booked their spot in the final against the Leigh Leopards on the same day.


A double-header of disappointment for the two Wigan teams but a great showing throughout the tournament from both squads, regardless, and Greater Manchester still has a chance of silverware thanks to the Leopards.

The question is, can they do it?

You can watch the 2023 Women’s Challenge Cup semi-final highlights down below and the men’s highlights HERE.


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Featured Image — Wigan Warriors Women(via Twitter)/Bernard Platt