Today saw four teams do battle in the third round of the women’s Challenge Cup. Huge changes to the format have been met with some frustration from Championship and lower league teams. Nonetheless, the RFL were forced to remove the lower leagues from the cup so that the teams in the women’s super league can adhere to the government guidelines.
First to take the pitch at Victoria park, were the Warrington Wolves and the Huddersfield Giants. The game was also live streamed on the Twitch app, which, is proving to be a great tool for fans and supporters unable to attend at the moment. Warrington suffered defeat last week at the hands of Wigan and certainly had an axe to grind when they took to the field against the Giants.
Warrington were nearly unstoppable with the only set back coming in the second half as Huddersfield sort to make a game of it. Ultimately the Wire had too much for them and sealed the game claiming a 38-12 win. Warrington’s captain Michelle Davis was awarded Player of the match with Georgina Sutherland showing her raw talents throughout the game. Huddersfield’s Reagan Walker and captain Bethan Oates also had a great games. Walker showed her vast skill set in her Giants debut.
York City Knights’ clash with Wakefield Trinity followed an hour later. Wakefield’s Lisa Taylor was first to score followed by a try from debutant Danie Green, leaving York 10 points behind. Just before halftime York gave themselves a lifeline thanks to a try from Olivia Howarth. York’s Mel Halstead then got over the line on the hour mark hoping to at least level the scores but she was held up by solid Wakefield defence. That didn’t deter the Knights who levelled the game with a try from Alex Simpson in the last 10 minutes. The conversion was missed leaving the game deadlocked at 10-10. Then in the 78th minute York sealed a brilliant comeback win thanks to a try from Daisy Sanderson – the City Knights now head into Round Four.
These are the games we need to see more of: two evenly matched teams and tensions running high. Well done to York City Knights and Warrington Wolves on advancing to the next round. The draw will be conducted on Wednesday.
What a weekend for women’s rugby league!