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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 12 May 2007 11:06:00 GMT
Super League XII is put aside as the top sides battle it out for the Carnegie Challenge Cup.The fifth round has thrown up some exciting ties, with the winners progressing to the quarter finals.

Cup holders St. Helens get the round underway, facing National League One (NL1) side Rochdale.

Saints are without scrum half Sean Long, but Ade Gardner returns from an eye injury.

Rochdale are sitting bottom of NL1 and have not reached the quarter finals stage of the Challenge Cup since 1969.

Saints have reached the quarter finals for six years in a row, and judging by the side they are fielding, they are planning to emphatically make it seven.

St. Helens 18 man squad: Paul Wellens, Ade Gardner, Matt Gidley, Willie Talau, Francis Meli, Leon Pryce, Sean Long, Nick Fozzard, Keiron Cunningham, Jason Cayless, Lee Gilmour, Jon Wilkin, Paul Sculthorpe, James Roby, Mike Bennett, James Graham, Maurie Fa'asavalu, Ste Tyrer.

Next on the bill is an all Super League tie between bottom club Salford and last year’s Challenge Cup finalists Huddersfield.

Captain Malcolm Alker and prop Andy Coley return for the Reds. The Giants go in to the game on the back of seven straight wins and have Stuart Jones back in their 18.

Salford 18 man squad: Hodgson, Littler, Viane, McGuinness, Wilshere, Dorn, Robinson, Jewitt, Korkidas, Coley, Brocklehurst, Finnigan, Alker, Edmonson, Gower, Ratchford, Haggerty, Williams.

Huddersfield 18 man squad: Paul Reilly, Martin Aspinwall, Jamahl Lolesi, Kevin Brown, Chris Thorman (Captain), Robbie Paul, Eorl Crabtree, Brad Drew, John Skandalis, Chris Nero, Andy Raleigh, Stephen Wild, Stuart Jones, Paul Jackson, Keith Mason, Darrell Griffin, Ryan Hudson, Stephen Snitch.

Leeds will hope to follow up their controversial win over Bradford in Cardiff with a win over Wigan on Saturday.

The Rhinos have back Jamie Peacock, Matt Diskin and Ryan Bailey. Wigan has named the same 20 as last week.

The Warriors will be hoping for their third straight win against the Rhinos at Headingley.

Leeds 20 man squad: Webb, Donald, Toopi, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, K Leuluai, Diskin, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Sinfield (capt), Lauitiiti, Thackray, Bailey, Kirke, Ablett, Tansey, Hall.

Wigan 20 man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Bailey, Richards, Barrett, T Leuluai, Fielden, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hock, Fletcher, O'Loughlin, Vaealiki, Millard, Prescott, Harrison Hansen, Goulding, Tomkins, Colbon, O'Carroll.

Les Catalans will hope to put behind them the disappointment of losing to Harlequins RL as they face Whitehaven in the last 16.

Mick Potter has named an unchanged 18. Whitehaven will hope to pull off a shock win.

Les Catalans 18 man squad: A. Bentley, K. Bentley, Bosc, Casty, Chan, Duport, Ferriol, Gossard, Greenshields, Griffi, Guisset, Jones, Khattabi, Mc Guire, Mogg, Mounis, Murphy, Teixido, Touxagas, Wilson.

Warrington faces minos Barrow as they bid to reach the last eight. Warrington welcome back Andrew Bracek to their full strength squad.

Barrow are leading the way in National League Two with five wins, but they will have to step up their game to compete against the Super League side.

Warrington 20 man squad: Stuart Reardon, Henry Fa'afili, Martin Gleeson, Paul Johnson, Brent Grose, Lee Briers, Chris Leikvoll, Jon Clarke, Paul Rauhihi, Adrian Morley, Ben Westwood, Vinnie Anderson, Mark Gleeson, Rob Parker, Richie Barnett, Steve Pickersgill, Andrew Bracek, Ben Harrison, Mike Wainwright, Chris Riley.

Another all Super League tie features Bradford travelling to Wakefield.

The Bulls will be without hooker Terry Newton who picked up a three game ban this week following a high tackle on Leeds’ Jamie Thackray.

Wakefield have this week signed teenage centre Sean Gleeson from Wigan, but he is not included in John Kear’s unchanged squad.

Wakefield 20 man squad: Waine Pryce, Jason Demetriou, Ryan Atkins, Jamie Rooney, Ben Jeffries, Adam Watene, Sam Obst, Ned Catic, Duncan MacGillivray, Brett Ferres, Paul March, David March, Ricky Bibey, Kevin Henderson, Olivier Elima, Matt Blaymire, Jason Golden, Richard Moore, Luke George, Paul White.
Bradford 20 man squad: Marcus St Hlaire, Nathan McAvoy, Ben Harris, Lesley Vainikolo, Iestyn Harris, Paul Deacon (C), Joe Vagana, Terry Newton, Andy Lynch, Chris McKenna, Glenn Morrison, Jamie Langley, Chris Feather, Matt Cook, Ian Henderson, James Evans, Sam Burgess, Michael Platt, Dave Halley, David Solomona.
Oldham have a tough test against London based Harlequins RL. The Quins have included the returning Richard Villasanti, David Mills, David Tootill, Tony Clubb in their 20.

Oldham are flying high in National League Two but go into the game as huge underdogs.

Harlequins RL 20 man squad: Melling, Wells, Sykes, T. Smith, A. Smith, Orr, McLinden, Temata, Randall, Heckenberg, Purdham, Hopkins, Hill, Rinaldi, Grayshon, Walsh, Mills, Villasanti, Tootill, Clubb.

Hull FC complete the round of ties as they face 1998 winners Sheffield.


Hull has secured the services of winger Rob Worrincy from Doncaster, but he is not included in their squad this weekend. Sheffield will be hoping to keep the score line respectable.

Hull FC 20 man squad: Briscoe, Sing, Domic, Yeaman, Hall, Whiting, Lee, R Horne, Washbrook, Tony, Carvell, Dale, King, Maiava, Radford, Wheeldon, Dowes, Manu, Godwin, G Horne.
THE RICH FIFTH ROUND TIPS: Saints to beat Rochdale by 60. Giants to beat Reds by 30. Warriors to beat Rhinos by 8. Dragons to beat Whitehaven by 30. Wolves to beat Barrow by 60. Bulls to beat Wildcats by 24. Quins to beat Oldham by 50. Hull FC to beat Sheffield by 50. - Read More, Here