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Results from this weekend's
Challenge Cup matches
Former Widnes forward Tommy Gallagher celebrated a famous win over his former club after helping Toulouse beat the Vikings in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
Gallagher touched down late on as the home side triumphed 40-24 in the baking heat at the Stade Stade de Minimes to become the first French side to reach the semi-finals of the competition.
Gallagher, who played for Leeds, London and Widnes, said: ?I think I have proved a point today.
?My goal is to play in Super League and I think I have shown I can play at that level.?
Toulouse coach Justin Morgan claimed ?this is a great day for rugby league in France?, while man of the match Dave Mulhall added: ?We got off to a great start, we had lot of ball in the first 20 minutes. I think the weather got to them a bit we?re used to it now.?
Toulouse 40 Tries: N Faure, T Gallagher, C Gay 2, F Estebanez, S Murphy
Widnes 24 Tries: M Smith, A Emelio, M Manu, K Kirkpatrick
Halftime: 20-12 to Toulouse
The record 70-point mauling Wigan endured at Leeds lasted just eight days in the history books as Saints blitzed their opponents with a 13-try onslaught to earn a place in the Powergen Challenge Cup semi-finals.
To the glee of a 17,000-capacity crowd, Saints finally put their name by the darkest day their old foes have suffered since they were relegated from the old First Division in 1979, substitute James Graham charging over for the final - and record-busting - try two minutes from time.
The win came at a cost for the hosts, who lost stand-off Jason Hooper with what looked like a dislocated shoulder in the first half.
With fellow half-back Sean Long breaking his wrist in training on Friday, coach Daniel Anderson is facing a major problem over the next couple of months as he looks to keep his side in touch with Leeds at the top of engage Super League.
St Helens 75 Tries: A Gardner, J Lyon, N Fozzard 2, J Graham, L Gilmour, V Anderson, W Talau, J Hooper, P Wellens, M Edmondson 3
Drops: P Sculthorpe
Halftime: 35-0 to St Helens
Two decades since their last Challenge Cup final appearance, Hull are now just 80 minutes away from another after disposing of Leigh 46-14 in their quarter-final at the KC Stadium.
Their last semi-final appearance came five years ago so Saturday afternoon?s eight-try romp will be viewed as a triumph by the fans of the success-starved club.
Obviously heartened by their 30-16 reverse on this very ground just eight days ago, Leigh tackled and ran with great purpose, if without any real conviction and left with just tries from Richard Marshall, Rob Jackson and Danny Halliwell to show for their gutsy efforts.
Hull were missing Chris Chester through suspension, so Graeme Horne was elevated to a starting berth in the pack. Motu Tony returned to the bench after six weeks out with a fractured cheekbone whilst Kirk Dixon also came back after a dead leg. Leigh brought hooker Paul Rowley and full-back John Wilshere into their side after the pair missed out last week.
Hull: 46. Tries: McMenemy, Saxton, R. Horne 2, Thackray, Blacklock, Cooke. Goals: Cooke 7.
Leigh:14. Tries: Marshall, Jackson, Halliwell. Goals: Wilshere.
Halftime: 34-0 to Hull
And in other action this weekend, Leeds defeated London by 32-12
Leeds 32 Tries: R Burrow, C Walker, D McGuire 2, K Senior, M Bai
London 12 Tries: S Haumono, N Bradley-Qalilawa
Halftime: 10-6 to Leeds
Thanks to: http://www.superleague.co.uk