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Challenge cup review - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Tue, 03 Apr 2007 09:34:00 GMT
The fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup saw the big teams meet most of the lower league sides this past weekend.

The topflight teams took a break from the Super League this weekend and were focusing their attention on progressing into the next round.

In the only all Super League tie, Warrington Wolves beat Hull KR 38-10 in a repeat of last season’s quarter final.

Brent Grose and Vinnie Anderson scored twice each for Wolves, and were dominant for long spells of the game.

Rovers managed an early try from David Tangata-Toa, and Kirk Netherton’s try looked to spark an unlikely comeback.

But Stuart Reardon’s earlier try, as well as Chris Bridge and Paul Rahihi’s scores, sealed the win for Wolves who progressed comfortably in the end.

St. Helens were oozing with class when they hammered Batley Bulldogs 78-14. Tim Spears, Kris Lythes and Jason Mossot were the only try scorers for Batley in the one-sided affair.

St. Helens scored an immense 14 tries – with Paul Wellens, Francis Meli, Lee Gilmour and Maurie Fa’asavalu all grabbing two each.

Leeds Rhinos were another side with an emphatic win when they beat Workington Town 72-10. Scott Donald scored four tries, and a Robert Burrow hat-trick highlighted Leeds’ dominance.

Two late tries from Stephen Dawes and Darren King offered a small consolation for Workington.

Wigan Warriors beat Widnes Vikings 34-24 in a fiercely contested local derby.

Toa Kohe-Love got Widnes in early as they looked to cause an upset, but two Pat Richards tries, as well as scores from Thomas Leuluai, Sean O’Loughlin, Darren Goulding and Trent Barrett put the Warriors well out of reach.

Widnes made a late charge with two late tries from Jordan James and Jamie Noone, but Wigan held on to advance.

Salford City Reds got a break from their poor league campaign so far, when they beat Gateshead Thunder 64-4.

Luke Robinson scored four tries for the Reds and David Hodgson went over twice. Gateshead scored their solitary try through Ryan Clarke.

Harlequins earned an excellent victory away in France when they beat Pia 64-8. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook scored a hat-trick for the Quins as well as Matthew Gafa and Paul Sykes running in twice.

The reigning French champions were totally outclassed, and two second half tries coming from Anthony Carrere and Stephano Muninesa were all they had to show for.

This means that Les Catalan Dragons are the only remaining French team in the competition after they beat Featherstone Rovers 70-12.

Cyril Gossid and Adam Mogg both scored twice with Thomas Bosc also scoring and kicking a further 22 points.

Scott Glasell and Steve Dooler were the try scorers for Featherstone.

Hull FC earned a morale boosting 78-0 win over Hunslet Hawks. A Craig Hall hat-trick, along with Kirk Yeaman, Willie Manu and Wayne Goodwin all scoring twice capped off a satisfying day for Hull.

In-form Wakefield Trinity Wildcats beat London Skolars 52-4. Ned Catic and Kevin Henderson both scored twice for the Wildcats after a Chris Shears try had given them an early scare.

Wakefield totally outclassed London with further tries from Peter Fox, Wayne Pryce, Jason Golden, Paul March, Brett Ferres, Aaron Murphy, Ben Jefferies and Austin Buchanan.

Dewsbury Rams were beaten 46-28 at home by Sheffield Eagles with Greg Hurst, Dale Holdstock, and Johnny Woodcock all going over twice each for Sheffield.

Dewsbury’s scorers included tries from Josh Weeden, Danny Maun and Lee Close.

Two late Kris Smith tries sealed a win 26-16 win for Oldham over Keighley Cougars, with Gareth Langley having also scored twice as well.

The Cougars scored through Gavin Duffy, Greg Nicholson, and Richard Knight.

Rochdale Hornets went through to the next round after beating Celtic Crusaders 20-16, after Eric Andrews went over in the last minute.

The Crusaders had lead at half-time after tries from Craig Richards, Damien Quinn and Phil Cushion.

Barrow Raiders earned a 47-14 victory over Swinton Lions with James Nixon scoring two of the tries.

Other scorers included Paul Wilcock and Martin Olster for the Raiders. Swinton managed three tries through Darren Woods, Chris Morley, and Mike Smith, but the Raiders were already well out of sight.

Whitenhaven beat Halifax RLFC 36-8, with Richard Fletcher scoring twice. Dave Wrench scored the only try for Halifax.

We will see a return to Super League action next week. All the Easter action is hoping to provide another thrilling weekend of rugby league, with two rounds in quick succession.

My pick of the ties is the Wigan versus St. Helens game on Good Friday.

I’m predicting a high scoring game, if the conditions we’ve had in England continue throughout the week, but I would tip St. Helens to silence the home crowd at the JJB.

Another mouth-watering clash can be seen between Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos, with the two teams tussling for top spot in the league.

I fancy Bradford in this one, but see it being quite a close game.

My third and final pick of the ties over Easter is the Hull derby next Monday.

Hull KR have made a good start in their debut season, and will be looking to cause an upset over last seasons grand finalists.

But I can see Hull FC coming out on top here – their win in the Challenge Cup will fill them with confidence, and Hull KR have been wasteful in attack in their last few games. - Read More, Here