Betfred Challenge Cup round-up

12 Apr 21, 7:44AM 0 Comments

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Castleford Tigers needed 99 minutes to see off Hull Kingston Rovers and book their place in the quarter-finals of the Betfred Challenge Cup with a dramatic 33-32 golden-point victory at Craven Park.

Gareth O’Brien was the Tigers hero after he and his team-mates had missed no fewer than eight kicks between them in extra time.

Rovers also had two failed drop-goal attempts after the game had ended 32-32 at the end of 80 minutes.

The hosts led 22-6 at half-time with Ethan Ryan, Adam Quinlan, Albert Vete and Matt Parcell crossing, while Jake Trueman responded for Castleford.

Tries from Derrell Olpherts and Paul McShane closed the gap, but Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Jordan Abdull scored to put Rovers 32-18 ahead with 10 minutes remaining.

Olpherts and McShane doubled their tally to set up a tense finish in regulation time, with Jordan Turner’s try after the final hooter bringing the scores level but Danny Richardson could not land the match-winning conversion to send the tie into extra time.

England winger Tommy Makinson scored 18 points as St Helens dumped holders Leeds Rhinos out with a 26-18 third-round win at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Makinson kicked five goals and scored two tries, as did fellow winger Regan Grace, as Saints took advantage of the 45th-minute dismissal of former New Zealand international forward Zane Tetevano for a high and late tackle on half-back Theo Fages.

The Rhinos only had Mikolaj Oledzki’s early score to show as they trailed 20-6 after an hour but gave themselves hope as replacement hooker Brad Dwyer went over for two tries in six minutes, both converted by Rhyse Martin.

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Salford Red Devils scored 12 tries as they eased past injury-ravaged Widnes Vikings in a 68-4 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Debutant Matty Costello and Morgan Escare scored braces, with Tui Lolohea, Declan Patton, Andy Ackers,  Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kallum Watkins, Jack Ormondroyd, Rhys Williams and Chris Atkin also crossing for tries.

Daniel Hill marked his Widnes debut with their only score as Krisnan Inu kicked 10 from 12 attempts from the tee or Salford.

Wigan Warriors were made to work hard for their place in the last eight in a 26-0 victory at York City Knights.

Injury-hit York were unlucky not to get on the scoreboard as Wigan eventually ran in five tries.

Zak Hardaker, Harry Smith, Sam Halsall, Umyla Hanley – son of Ellery – and Tony Clubb were the try-scorers at the LNER Community Stadium.

Catalans Dragons knocked out Wakefield Trinity for the second successive year with a 26-6 triumph.

Catalans only led 8-6 at half-time as Sam Tomkins’ early try and two kicks from James Maloney, with Mason Lino converted his own score Wakefield.

Josh Drinkwater, Tom Davies and Gil Dudson’s first try for the French outfit wrapped up victory as Maloney finished with 10 points.

Hull FC booked a quarter-final meeting with Wigan as they beat Featherstone Rovers 34-14.

Carlos Tuimavave and Josh Griffin had a pair of tries each while Bureta Faraimo and Jordan Johnstone also crossed. Jake Connor landed five from six conversions.

Hull failed to score in the second half as Featherstone, who scored into the opening minute through Josh Hardcastle, won the second half 10-0 after tries from Brett Ferres and Ben Blackmore.

A hat-trick from England winger Jermaine McGillvary helped Huddersfield Giants to their first win of the 2021 season in a 36-18 success at Leigh Centurions.

Sam Wood also grabbed a brace of tries for Huddersfield alongside further scores from Kenny Edwards and Lee Gaskell, while Jordan Thompson crossed twice and Nathan Peats marked his Leigh debut with a try.

Warrington Wolves secured a hard-fought 32-8 at Championship side Swinton Lions.

Tries from Toby King (2), Tom Lineham, Blake Austin, Matty Ashton and Danny Walker secured victory for the Wolves, with Luis Roberts scoring Swinton’s only try and Martin Ridyard adding two goals.

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