This weekend saw the Super League elite enter the Challenge cup with a number of exciting match’s in prospect. In most cases the magic of the cup was kept alive with only holders Catalan Dragon’s going into the next stage with a run away victory over the competitions lowest ranked side Doncaster from League one.
On Friday evening Championship side Halifax ensured they would be in the quarter finals with a hard fought 34-6 win over neighbours Dewsbury as their Welsh international centre lead the way with two tries.
On the same evening Wakefield Trinity ended the hopes of Widnes Vikings having a decent cup run as they fought back from 6-0 down to make it 6-6 at the break, before turning on the style in the second half with another twenty unanswered points to take the win 26-6.
Whilst over in Hull, The Arlie birds took no prisoners as they overturned the form guide to record a 28-12 win over Castleford Tigers, England International Jake Connor leading the way with a man of the match performance.
Saturdays, games saw another two upsets as firstly former Super League favourites and now Championship contenders took on Leeds Rhino’s in the first West Yorkshire derby game for five years. With Bradford’s on loan star halfback Jordan Lilly (pictured) producing a Man of the match display less than 24 hours after being told by his parent club Leeds he was unwanted at Headingly next season. The Championship side took the game to their rivals who earlier this week had sacked head coach David Furner, coming away 24-22 winners.
At the same time in Salford, Super league strugglers Hull KR booked their place in the last eight with a surprising win over Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell stadium. Behind 14 -6 at the break, the Robins turned the game on its head with an excellent second half performance scoring four converted tries to make the final result 18-32.
Sunday saw the final two games of the round and with them the two inform teams in this years Super league competition as Warrington Wolves took on former Cup kings Wigan Warriors and league leaders St Helens travelled to Huddersfield.
Both games turned out to be much closer than expected with Wigan fighting hard before bowing out 26-24 in a pulsating end to end game. Whilst St Helen’s couldn’t hit the form that has seen them blow sides away in the last few week’s eventually overcoming the Giants by 16-22 as they look for their first Wembley appearance in eleven years.