Challenge Cup Round Five draw confirmed

The road to Wembley is hotting up as eight more teams’ dreams of Wembley Way have gone up in smoke over the weekend which has determined the Challenge Cup Round Five draw.

This is the final round before Super League clubs enter the competition.

It comes now that Round Four has been completed.

On Saturday, it was a less than convincing win for Newcastle thunder against Rochdale Mayfield.

They did the damage in the first half leading 22-6 at the break.

Pay credit to Mayfield for a spirited second half.

Meanwhile, Keighley Cougars were pushed by their former League One rivals in the first half as they hosted North Wales Crusaders. They led 18-6 at halftime but a strong second 40 wrapped up a 36-14 win.

London Broncos were the big winners of the day as they won 66-16 against Doncaster despite being all square at 16-all at halftime.

Today, York RLFC took on Sheffield Eagles on BBC.

York led 20-0 at the break but a red card for Danny Kirmond, who scored in the first half, set the second half up brilliantly.

However, Sheffield’s comeback wasn’t enough in a 24-22 defeat.

Batley Bulldogs unsurprisingly defeated amateur side Hunslet 80-6 with Hodson scoring four tries and Huddersfield Giants loanee Aidan McGowen scoring twice.

Bradford Bulls were big winners too against Midlands Hurricanes though they only led 18-12 at the break.

In the end they won 66-18 with Chester Butler scoring a hat-trick.

Against Barrow Raiders, Halifax Panthers looked destined for the next round when they led 14-0 at the break but a spirited fightback from the Raiders could have set up a grand stand finish.

Langtree made it 24-18 with a minute to go and the Raiders kept the ball alive until an error ended their hopes.

The shock result of the round came at Dewsbury Rams where the League One side stunned John Kear’s Widnes Vikings with an impressive 32-12 win. They won the second half 20-4.

This means York RLFC’s road to Wembley will see them next host Newcastle Thunder. Meanwhile, Dewsbury Rams will be given another chance to stun a Championship side as they travel to the capital to take on London Broncos.

It is a big chance for Batley Bulldogs and Keighley Cougars meet but the tie of the Round will be the derby between Halifax Panthers and Bradford Bulls the winner of which will surely be the favourites to win the 1895 Cup at Wembley.

Here is the draw for the Fifth Round of the Challenge Cup in full:

York RLFC vs Newcastle Thunder
London Broncos vs Dewsbury Rams
Batley Bulldogs vs Keighley Cougars
Halifax Panthers vs Bradford Bulls

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