Today there was a big focus on Wembley as one of the country’s biggest and best knock-out competitions draws to a close as Manchester United collide with Brighton and Hove Albion.
However, in my opinion it doesn’t hold a candle to the oldest and most prestigious rugby league trophy the Challenge Cup which of course concludes at Wembley in August.
And today the latest chapter of the 2023 iteration of the tournament took place with the first winners of the trophy in 1897, Batley, looking to progress to the next round when Super League sides enter the competition.
They hosted fellow Championship side Keighley Cougars and at halftime had a 14-4 lead.
It wasn’t a great day for Meadows with the boot only kicking three goals from seven attempts but he made up for it with a try.
Super League youngster from Huddersfield Giants Aidan McGowen notched a brace in an impressive win for Batley Bulldogs as they progress to the next round.
They were joined by the London Broncos. Last finalists in 1999 they did what Widnes Vikings failed to do last round and put away League One side Dewsbury Rams who put up a good fight with Carr notching a brace but it was the Broncos’ day in a 36-16 win.
On Friday night York edged a close encounter against Newcastle Thunder to become the first side in Round Six.
Yesterday, Halifax Panthers ploughed through the Bradford Bulls in a derby that ended 26-0 in Halifax’s favour as Louis Jouffret ran the show.
This means the four clubs are a step closer to Wembley in the shape of the 1895 Cup and also means they will complete the 16 team draw alongside the big hitters of Super League.