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Challenge Cup - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Thu, 15 May 2008 10:39:00 GMT
Hull FC will not be expelled from the remainder of this year’s English Challenge Cup despite fielding an ineligible player in the last two rounds.

Prop Jamie Thackray rejoined Hull FC from Leeds on March 27, three weeks after the deadline to register players for the competition.

Thackray however played against Rochdale and Widnes in the fourth and fifth rounds of the competition.

But according to the Rugby Football League there is no specific penalty for the breach.

Hull FC could face a heavy fine but will resume football duties as per normal when they tackle Bradford in the quarter-finals.

In round 5, Barrow took out the “best team to get taken to the cleaners” award after going down 58-6 against Wakefield in a highly uncompetitive affair that left fans wondering about the meaning of life for teams that lose badly.

The Wildcats were just too strong from the kick-off and lead 28-0 at half-time thanks to tries from Danny Brough, Scott Grix, Ryan Atkins, Kyle Bibb and Richard Moore.

Matt Blaymire and Atkins scored right after the break before the home side grabbed a consolation four-pointer via Brad Nichols. Further touch downs to Blaymire, Brough and Bibb in the end were a mere formality to the slaughter.

St Helens defeated Warrington 40-34 in the opening clash of the round and won this close game by scoring three unanswered tries when the game was up for grabs.

Bradford scored four tries in ten minutes care of Semi Tadulala (2), Sam Burgess and Dave Halley on their way to a 46-16 win over Les Catalans after Clint Greenshields was sent to the sin-bin.

Chris Nero then added extra points before the French outfit hit back through tries to Greenshields, Dimitri Pelo and Julien Touxagas.

The Bulls put the contest away when Shontayne Hape and Jamie Langley went over before Tadulala grabbed his third try for the day.

Oldham ran in 10 tries - seven of which came inside the second half- on their way to a bruising 58-12 victory over Dewsbury. Let’s be kind to Dewsbury and add no further coverage.

A hat-trick of tries to Danny McQuire ended any a second half resurrection attempted by Harlequins, enabling Leeds Rhinos to walk away with a comfortable 36-26 victory.

Former NRL halfback Adam Dykes crossed over for a double set of tries in Hull FC’s controversial 32-18 victory over the pride of the National League One, Widnes.

Dykes alongside Todd Byrne and Michael Burnett scored for the victors in the first half before Bob Beswick and Lee Paterson crossed over to help keep the underdogs in the contest.

Craig Hall scored first after the break for the Super League squad before Rob Draper struck back to give Widnes some purpose.

However late tries to Willie Manu and Dykes created an unassailable lead to wrap up the game.

Hull KR overcame a topsy turvy start to defeat Huddersfield 42-22 in a game where the lead changed three times before Justin Morgan’s foot soldiers found light at the end of the tunnel.

A couple of individuals hurt us today,” admitted Giants coach Jon Sharp.

"They didn't have the best days and didn't handle some of the errors that they came up with and ultimately we paid the price for that.” - Read More, Here