Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Rugby League News

Challenge Cup

Pitts enjoys “perfect” start, wants more success

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Following a “perfect” start to life as a Bull, new signing Jay Pitts is hoping to encounter a sense of déjà vu this weekend – a repeat of Bradford’s Challenge Cup triumph against Catalan Dragons on Sunday. The 24-year-old utility forward made his Odsal debut as Francis Cummins’ men took down Catalan Dragons 33-20 to book their place in the ... Read More »

Leeds’ odds tumble after quarter-final draw

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Leeds Rhinos remain favourites to lift the Challenge Cup this year after the draw for the quarter finals was made last night. Prior to the draw, the Rhinos were 7/4 to win, but just minutes after Championship leaders Leigh were pitted against Super League’s top team, they tumbled to 11/8. As you would expect, Leigh’s odds slipped significantly in the ... Read More »

Challenge Cup motivating Giants, says Cudjoe

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Huddersfield and England centre Leroy Cudjoe claims the pain of missing out on the Challenge Cup could provide the Giants with extra motivation heading into Sunday’s key Super League encounter with Castleford Tigers. “It’s been hard having the weekend off, because everyone loves to play,” Cudjoe told the Examiner. “And it made it even harder because of the nature of ... Read More »

Cougars could cause upset, claims coach

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Keighley Cougars player-coach Paul March claims the Championship club have what it takes to cause an upset when they face Widnes Vikings in the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup. The former Wakefield and Huddersfield star said: “It could be an upset – it’s just how they play and how we play. “But that’s why the Challenge Cup is the ... Read More »

Cummins: Fans can give Bulls edge against Warrington

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Bradford coach Francis Cummins believes the club’s fans will have a big part to play in the Bulls’ Challenge Cup quarter final fixture against Warrington in June. The Odsal club were given a home draw but face one of the league’s toughest teams. To progress, Cummins thinks the Bulls need a big response from the fans. “There is a reason ... Read More »

Daryl Powell confident ahead of Wigan clash

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Castleford coach Daryl Powell insists the Tigers are not daunted after drawing holders Wigan in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals. Indeed, the former Great Britain star cut a confident figure while discussing the mouthwatering tie, reminding everyone that his side won the last two meetings with the reigning double champions. “Obviously it is a tough draw, they are the holders, they ... Read More »

We won’t take Leigh lightly, says McDermott

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Leeds boss Brian McDermott insists the Rhinos are not taking a semi-final place for granted after drawing Championship outfit Leigh in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. McDermott’s men have faced only two lower-tier sides in their last 18 Cup ties, the last coming in 2012 against – you guessed it – the Centurions. Leeds cruised to a 60-12 victory ... Read More »

Challenge Cup quarter-final draw made

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Super League table-toppers Leeds Rhinos will host Championship outfit Leigh Centurions in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. Leigh are top of the second tier with an unblemished record and are unbeaten in 2014. Elsewhere, Wigan host Castleford in a top-four clash, while bottom side Bradford welcome Warrington. Keighley Cougars travel to Widnes in the last match of the round, ... Read More »

Powell thrilled with Tigers’ Cup performance

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Castleford coach Daryl Powell said he was delighted after his side comfortably disposed of Sheffield Eagles to cruise through to the Challenge Cup quarter finals yesterday. The Tigers, who have lost just two times this season, scored 12 tries in a 60-16 thumping and are now fourth favourites to lift the prestigious trophy. “I thought Sheffield were great to be ... Read More »

Opinion: How I hope the Challenge Cup draw pans out

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One of our Twitter followers got in touch this morning and told us what he hopes tonight’s quarter-final draw for the Challenge Cup will be. There were some interesting choices, so I thought I would share my own hopes. I want you to do the same, too – either join the debate on Twitter or comment using the form below ... Read More »