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Challenge Cup Round Five Review

Batley Bulldogs 46-14 Swinton Lions – A safe progression to the sixth round for Kingstone Press Championship side Batley. A 20-8 advantage at the break could have been clawed back by Swinton but the Bulldogs had too much for the League 1 outfit. Chris Rothwell and Waune Reittie exchanged early scores for the Lions and the Bulldogs respectively, before the hosts struck with three tries on the bounce courtesy of Brad Day, Cain Southernwood and Shaun Ainscough. Stuart Littler scored the last four pointer of the half, for Swinton. Debutant Jacob Morgan crossed for the John Kear’s men in the early stages of the second 40, then Tom Thackray extended the Bulldogs’ lead further with a try of his own. Shaun Robinson notched a reply for the visitors before Thackray added a second while Alistair Leak went over for the final score of the match.

Prediction – Batley by 16

Result – Batley by 32

Bradford Bulls 30-50 Hull Kingston Rovers – An absolute try-fest at Provident Stadium, with nine tries being scored and 30 points of Hull KR’s 50 were scored by goal-kicking three-quarter Josh Mantellato. Adam O’Brien and Dale Ferguson got James Lowes’ Bulls off to the best possible start with a try apiece within the first 12 minutes of the match, but KR struck back with Mantellato, Kris Welham and Albert Kelly all notching for a 18-12 lead at the break. Danny Addy and Graeme Horne swapped four pointers in the early stages of the second half, then Kevin Larroyer scored for KR to put them further in front before a Bradford onslaught occured. Lee Gaskell and Lucas Walshaw both made their way over the whitewash within four minutes of themselves to give their side a lead going into the final quarter of the match. But the Super League side made sure they’d be in the next round as Mantellato scored a seven minute hat-trick to put the cat well and truly amongst the pigeons. John Boudebza brought 50 up for KR in the dying embers of the tie.

Prediction – KR by 14

Result – KR by 20

Hunslet Hawks 16-31 Dewsbury Rams – The Rams made their way into the sixth round in this all-Championship matchup at the South Leeds Stadium. The Rams were 14-6 up at the break after tries from Matthew Haggarty and James Delaney plus a penalty goal from Kieran Hyde. The lone Hawks score came courtesy of Liam Mackay. Jason Crookes and Makali Aizue put Dewsbury further in front after the break but Luke Briscoe and Charlie Martin cut the deficit in-between a Hyde field goal. Aaron Brown rounded up proceedings with a try in the last minute.

Prediction – Dewsbury by 18

Result – Dewsbury by 15

Leigh Centurions 22-18 Salford Red Devils – The result of the round, especially when the ‘magic of the cup’ is concerned. Kingstone Press Championship side Leigh overcame Super League’s Salford by 22-18, in what was an entertaining encounter. Theo Fages got Salford on the board after nine minutes, before Tommy Goulden restored parity on the 25th. Leigh were in dreamland on  27 minutes when Gregg McNally crossed for the Centurions but the scores were levelled at the break after Niall Evalds notched his first. Evalds would be the man to put the Red Devils back in front after the restart but a try apiece from Ryan Brierley and Jonathan Pownall set Leigh apart from their counterparts.

Prediction – Salford by 8

Result – Leigh by 4

Leigh Miners Rangers 14-44 York City Knights – The amateur side couldn’t pull off a shock like they did in the last round against Oxford as they went down 44-14 to James Ford’s York City Knights. Ben Dent, Nev Morrison and Kris Brining put a quick gap between the Knights and Rangers with a try each, all before the 20 minute mark. Leigh got on the board twice in quick succession thanks to scores from Harry Gagen and Scott O’Brien. But the Knights ended the first half strongly, as Brining got his second while Jonny Presley saved his way over the line to end the half. Brining got his hat-trick to start off the second half and Adam Dent made it 40-10 soon after. Adam Thomason replied well for Rangers before the last score of the game went to York scrum-half Pat Smith. 

Prediction – York by 20

Result – York by 30

North Wales Crusaders 12-38 Featherstone Rovers – No upset over in Wales as Featherstone made light work out of Anthony Murray’s Crusaders side. Gareth Moore and Andy Ellis both posted four pointers in the first ten minutes of the game before Jamie Dallimore got one back for North Wales. Will Sharp made sure the lead going into the break was by more than one score as he slid over in the 23rd minute. Tommy Johnson set Crusaders on the comeback trail at the start of the second half as he crossed for four points but the comeback was short-lived as the rest of the scoring in the match was done by the visitors. Ben Blackmore bagged a brace along with singles for Reni Maitua and Alex Foster.

Prediction – Featherstone by 16

Result – Featherstone by 26

Sheffield Eagles 12-34 Hull FC – The Super League side got too much of an advantage during the first half, as a mini-fightback from Sheffield proved to be a challenge too far for Mark Aston’s side. Hull were 22-0 up at half-time after tries from Mark Minichiello, Mickey Paea, Tom Lineham and Jamie Shaul. The Eagles comeback was well underway during the second half as Cory Aston and Menzie Yere both crossed and a Scott Turner disallowed try at 22-12 seemed to knock the wind out of Sheffield’s sails. So close, yet so far for the Eagles as Hull sealed the game with the final couple of scores coming from Kirk Yeaman and Jordan Rankin.

Prediction – FC by 12

Result – FC by 22

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 44-16 Halifax – The last 20 minutes of the match was when Trinity ran away with the game, four tries going their way in that period of time. Wakefield were 18-10 up at half-time after their scores came via a brace for Richard Owen and a single for Daniel Smith. Ben Heaton and James Saltonstall were the scorers for Halifax in the first half. Gareth Potts cut the deficit even further after the restart as the former Batley wingman scored the first try of the second stanza. But it was Wakefield’s night as Chris Riley, Craig Hall and Danny Washbrook all scooted over the whitewash, Ian Kirke did so twice in the final quarter.

Prediction – Wakefield by 10

Result – Wakefield by 28

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