British Army make cup history

09 Feb 20, 10:12AM 0 Comments

Written by Rugby Football League

The British Army made history on Saturday as they reached the fourth round of the Coral Challenge Cup for the first time ever.

They recovered from a 12-4 half-time deficit to record a 34-22 win at home to Wigan outfit Ince Rose Bridge in Aldershot.

The Army did score first, but back-to-back scores from the visitors saw them lead by eight at the break.

But, with wingers Jefeti Vakalalabure and Uraia Naulusala leading the resurgence with tries, they turned the tide.

A quickfire double just before the hour proved to be crucial as two late tries from the Ince proved to be in vein.

Elsewhere, Watson Boas scored the winner with 78 minutes on the clock as League 1 Doncaster avoided an upset at the hands of NCL outfit Thornhill Trojans, winning 24-20 at The Tetley’s Stadium in Dewsbury.

The Dons trailed 14-6 at half time but quickly led 18-14 within 15 minutes of the restart.

However, Nick Mitchell’s converted try turned the game on its head as Thornhill led 20-18.

That was an advantage they held until the dying embers as Boas’ heroics sent Doncaster into round four.

Also in West Yorkshire, Siddal recorded a 10-4 win over West Hull on home turf.

And in the north west, NCL big guns Leigh Miners Rangers ground out a 20-4 win over Yorkshire Men’s League champions, Bentley.

Six more teams will secure their place in the next round in tomorrow’s fixtures, including Barrow Raiders against London Skolars live on Our League.

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