The Challenge Cup semi finals were the main focus of attention this weekend but there was a single Super League game between Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Wildcats taking place.
Hull FC through to cup final
Hull FC were by no means favourites to progress through their Challenge Cup semi final against Warrington Wolves, who have won three out of the last four tournaments.
However, eight years after claiming their last piece of silverware they are through to the final again after a shock result against an out-of-sorts Wire team. That is not to take anything away from Hull, however, who fought back from an early deficit to hold off Wolves in a thrilling finale.
Hull last won the trophy in 2005 but a repeat looked unlikely when Joel Monaghan crossed early on from Ben Westwood's excellent run and offload. Trent Waterhouse added another for Warrington before Tom Lineham and Richard Whiting pulled it back for Hull.
An Aaron Heremaia try secured the victory for Hull despite a late rally from Wolves and the match finished 16-12. Hull FC fans will now think they have a shot at the trophy. After all, if they can beat Warrington they can beat Wigan.
Wigan Warriors thrash London Broncos
In the other Challenge Cup semi final Wigan Warriors were widely expected to brush aside fellow Super League side London Broncos. However, even the most optimistic Wigan fan will be delighted with the 70-0 thrashing the side dished out.
Wigan's form has stuttered lately and the side find themselves off the top of the Super League with a handful of games left. However, they breezed past an abject Broncos team with the biggest score in semi-final history and only damages the London side's case as a competitive side.
Wigan were buoyed by the return of Sam Tomkins, who scored one try, but Pat Richards was the star of the show with two tries and 11 conversions to boost the impressive score.
Wigan will now be favourites for the final, set to be played on August 24th, but London Broncos now have only the league, and a potential bottom place, to focus on.
Leeds Rhinos defeat Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos have already beaten Wakefield once this week but in the only Super League tie of the weekend they were made to work for a 31-24 victory.
The teams went in level at 6-6 at half time but Leeds kicked on after the break to score four tries in the second half including two in the last six minutes from Carl Ablett and Rob Burrow respectively. Leeds will now harbour hopes of finishing in the top four of the Super League after an inconsistent season by their lofty standards.
Leeds are now five points ahead of Catalan Dragons and are just four points behind third-place Warrington Wolves. A playoff place is now all-but assured and despite a difficult game against the hard-working Wildcats Leeds will hope they can snatch the title away when the end of season draws near.
Castleford Tigers departures
Castleford Tigers have parted company with two players this weekend although it will not have much of a bearing on their end-of-season run-in.
Steve Nash, who has not appeared for the club this season and has just seven appearances to his name, has left the club. The second departure is that of Ben Davies, the 23-year-old who only joined the club on loan from Widnes last month but who has only appeared twice because of injury.
Meanwhile, Bradford Bulls have announced Huddersfield Giants winger Luke George will join the club at the end of the season. The winger had previously appeared for Hull KR on loan but will now join the Yorkshire side permanently.
Former Leeds Rhinos coach Graham Murray, who won the Challenge Cup in 1999 with the club, has passed away at the age of 58 after suffering from a second heart attack in the space of four months.
The Australian will be fondly remembered by Leeds fans after he won the first Super League final with the club. Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said: "Graham Murray had a huge influence on Leeds Rhinos in the late 90's but his legacy is everywhere. So many of the players he influenced are still here and contributing to the philosophy he cultivated. 'Always be a man of your word' was his best piece of advice. Thank you from the past and future Rhinos and especially thanks for '99 one of the highest points of my career."