It is always a special time of year when Super League sides enter the Challenge Cup and that was certainly the case this weekend.
The sun even came out and treated us to some brilliant contests.
It started on Friday night. As you would have expected, Hull KR ploughed through Championship side Batley Bulldogs whilst Wakefield Trinity were equally dominated by Leigh Leopards.
The game of the night was over at the Shay as Halifax Panthers battled hard against Super League and World Champions St Helens.
The Saints won 26-6 but the night was overshadowed by Morgan Knowles’ red card.
On Saturday, Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors treated us to a classic cup tie in the sunshine.
In the end a Bevan French brace was key as was his try saving tackle on Harry Newman.
In France, a late Matty Ashton try undid Catalans Dragons comeback and sent Warrington Wolves into the last eight of the competition.
Over in Salford, the Salford Red Devils won a 14-try thriller against Huddersfield Giants.
Salford led 24-0 and the Giants battled back to 24-22. Then the Red Devils took a 42-22 lead but the Giants’ second comeback set up a grand stand finish but Salford held on to a 42-40 win.
Meanwhile on Sunday, York RLFC battered London Broncos and Hull FC ease passed Castleford Tigers.
With teams now looking forward to the quarter-finals, some will also have to worry about injuries.
The Warriors lost Ethan Havard having already lost Kai Pearce-Paul and Willie Isa “for months” before the game as per Matt Peet.
Leeds Rhinos have also lost Blake Austin for two to four weeks.
The likes of Jonny Lomax and Chris Hill suffered head knocks but passed their Head Injury assessments.
Meanwhile, Hull FC protected Carlos Tuimavave who had a tight hamstring.
Halifax Panthers vs St Helens
Jonny Lomax (St Helens) – Head
Leeds Rhinos vs Wigan Warriors
Ash Handley (Leeds) – Illness
Blake Austin (Leeds) – Calf
Ethan Havard (Wigan) – Dislocated Elbow
Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan) – Leg
Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants
Chris Hill (Huddersfield) – Head
Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC
Carlos Tuimavave (Hull FC) – Hamstring