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21-22 Apr: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fifth Round - Match Thread

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Discuss all this weekend's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fifth Round games here

SATURDAY 21st APRIL
Warrington Wolves v Bradford Bulls KO 3pm
Widnes Vikings v Coventry Bears KO 1pm

SUNDAY 22ND APRIL
Doncaster v Featherstone Rovers KO 3pm
Leigh Centurions v London Broncos KO 3pm
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers KO 3pm
Toronto Wolfpack v Barrow Raiders KO 3pm at Craven Park
Whitehaven v Rochdale Hornets KO 3pm
York City Knights v Catalans Dragons KO 3pm (BBC Sport website)
 

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15 minutes ago, John Drake said:

Discuss all this weekend's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fifth Round games here

SATURDAY 21st APRIL
Warrington Wolves v Bradford Bulls KO 3pm
Widnes Vikings v Coventry Bears KO 1pm

SUNDAY 22ND APRIL
Doncaster v Featherstone Rovers KO 3pm
Leigh Centurions v London Broncos KO 3pm
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers KO 3pm
Toronto Wolfpack v Barrow Raiders KO 3pm at Craven Park
Whitehaven v Rochdale Hornets KO 3pm
York City Knights v Catalans Dragons KO 3pm (BBC Sport website)
 

All home wins except Fev and H.K.R..

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Feel  confident that the Knights can overcome Catalans, with  a  big crowd roaring them on.

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18 minutes ago, jayemm said:

Feel  confident that the Knights can overcome Catalans, with  a  big crowd roaring them on.

I'm hoping its a good crowd as I'll be there with the wife! 

I understand the Programmes have been improved at YCK as well :)

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24 minutes ago, spanishknight said:

All home wins except Fev and H.K.R..

I wish you well mate . Should be confident. Even at different levels confidence and lack of it can be a big factor and they look pretty down especially away from home. Be another big PR boost for the league if you give them a hard day 

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5 hours ago, jayemm said:

Feel  confident that the Knights can overcome Catalans, with  a  big crowd roaring them on.

I would love you to be right. But I would be astounded if York beat Catalans.

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So tickets have been booked and can't wait for Widnes vs Coventry Bears. I'm not expecting any great surprises but would love to see the Bears score a few. Ultimately this game is about the journey the Bears have been on since the club was formed 20 years ago.

As an aside the Bear Necessities podcast have done a preview of this historic game and managed to secure an interview with Widnes legend Kurt Sorensen! 

 

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1 hour ago, MZH said:

I would love you to be right. But I would be astounded if York beat Catalans.

Me too. I fully expect Catalans to win at a  canter, but even if the score is 'quite close' I doubt there'll be much real danger of them actually losing.

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7 hours ago, Lowdesert said:

I understand the Programmes have been improved at YCK as well :)

I think the programmes are much improved :-) 

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40 minutes ago, Lowdesert said:

Any estimates on the crowd? 

Limited to 8,256 due to stadium capacity. :P

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9 hours ago, Michael Gledhill said:

Bradford will be taking 2250/2500 to Warrington on Saturday. 

 

I can't see it myself. Plenty of people will be working on Saturday, me included. Plus people will be playing in amateur games.

Might have had that number if the game was played on Sunday. Seems a strange decision to play on the Saturday because I can't find it listed for televising.

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2 hours ago, Wolford6 said:

I can't see it myself. Plenty of people will be working on Saturday, me included. Plus people will be playing in amateur games.

Might have had that number if the game was played on Sunday. Seems a strange decision to play on the Saturday because I can't find it listed for televising.

Warrington have a game on the following Friday and requested that the game be moved forward 24 hours. 

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2 minutes ago, Michael Gledhill said:

Warrington have a game on the following Friday and requested that the game be moved forward 24 hours. 

Fair enough, probably cost them a few grand though.

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10 minutes ago, Wolford6 said:

Fair enough, probably cost them a few grand though.

Wire are one of the (probably) few clubs that can take that without too much stress, the down side from a Bradford pov is it'll be a couple of £k less back to the Bulls..

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10 hours ago, jayemm said:

Limited to 8,256 due to stadium capacity. :P

I’ll rally round in the Three Cranes.

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1 minute ago, FearNothing said:

Wire are one of the (probably) few clubs that can take that without too much stress, the down side from a Bradford pov is it'll be a couple of £k less back to the Bulls..

We seem to be bending over backwards to do other clubs a favour these days. Probably paying back a few previous favours.

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Wire, Widnes, Fev, HKR, Toronto, Whitehaven, Catalans. Leigh - London is the tricky one for me, both clubs need a Cup run like a hole in the head at the moment so we'll see what happens. Another point of interest is the gate at Widnes, could it even be sub 1000?

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12 hours ago, Lowdesert said:

Any estimates on the crowd? 

I'm going for 3,000 ish.

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I'm really torn.

My natural choice would be to go to the Fev game. I expect a very competitive game, even a decent risk of a Donny win. 

On the other hand, I've always had a soft spot for York and really, really want them to have a good crack at a very poor Catalan side.

Club loyalty or glamour game.  I really can't decide.

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2 hours ago, Michael Gledhill said:

Warrington have a game on the following Friday and requested that the game be moved forward 24 hours. 

Marginally surprised, tbh. I can't imagine they will need a full strength side to come out on top against a league 1 side and Sunday to Friday (or even Thursday) is a normal rotational situation in SL. In any case, JK has also spoken about 'not risking' players, so it's likely we'll not be at full strength anyway, what with injuries and suspension. To be honest, Donny next week is a far more important game to us.

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Warrington Wolves v Bradford Bulls KO 3pm  - Warrington
Widnes Vikings v Coventry Bears KO 1pm - Widnes

SUNDAY 22ND APRIL
Doncaster v Featherstone Rovers KO 3pm  - Featherstone
Leigh Centurions v London Broncos KO 3pm - Leigh
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers KO 3pm - Hull
Toronto Wolfpack v Barrow Raiders KO 3pm at Craven Park - Toronto
Whitehaven v Rochdale Hornets KO 3pm  - Rochdale but this could be close
York City Knights v Catalans Dragons KO 3pm (BBC Sport website) - Toss Up!

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