Current Challenge Cup holders Hull FC will start their defence of the title they have won for the past two years with a visit to Championship high flyers Featherstone Rovers. While across city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers weren’t as lucky as they will host the one time cup kings Wigan Warriors who have won this competition a record 19 times.
The other remaining Championship sides have also been drawn to super league opposition with Leigh Centurions hosting Salford Red Devils, while Canadian side Toronto Wolfpack who are playing in the competition for only the second time will be looking at going one better than last year when they crashed out in a close encounter with Salford Red Devils, as they travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for a clash of the Wolves as they take on a revitalised Warrington Wolves outfit. Although the Wolfpack were originally drawn at home, it was already agreed due to the distance involved they would automatically play their game as an away fixture.
The lowest ranked remaining team, Whitehaven who currently play in League one will have a trip to France to look forward to as they have been drawn away to Super leagues bottom side Catalan Dragons.
Off the three all remaining all super league clashes, the tie of the round is doubtable a repeat of last years 3rd round clash between Castleford and St Helens. Despite being knocked out in the fixture last year, St Helens have since grown as a team and after losing their semi final match up between the two sides in the final minute last October, the Saints are currently top of the Super league and have already beaten last years League Leaders and Grand finalists 46-6 when the pair meet on the opening day of the league.
Elsewhere, struggling Widnes Vikings will welcome the current Super League Champions and last season’s Challenge cup semi finalists Leeds Rhino’s, while in a West Yorkshire derby Huddersfield Giants will take on Wakefield Trinity.
All match’s will be played on the weekend of 12th/13th May.
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