Dream final still on for Noble as Wigan avoid Saints in semis

Last updated at 15:33 14 June 2007

The prospect of a third Wigan v St Helens Challenge Cup final since 2002 edged closer on Wednesday when the rivals were kept apart in the semi-final draw.

Wigan will play Catalans while

St Helens face Bradford.

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Marcus St Hilaire

Wembley kings Wigan, winners of

the trophy a record 17 times —

including eight consecutive final

wins from 1988-1995 —will start as

hot favourites against Catalans.

Catalans are only the second

French side to make it to the

Challenge Cup semi-finals,

following Toulouse in 2005.

St Helens face a tougher

assignment, having to overcome

an in-form Bradford side

determined to make up for defeats

to Saints in five major finals since

the start of Super League.

Bradford have lost two Grand

Finals and three Challenge Cup

finals against Saints since 1996.

Challenge Cup semi-final draw:

Saturday, July 28, Bradford Bulls v St Helens

Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield (12.30pm)

Sunday, July 29, Wigan Warriors v Catalan Dragons

Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington (3.15pm).

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