Intriguing pairings for amateurs



LEIGH MINERS RANGERS and Wath Brow Hornets have been handed attractive draws in the first round of the iPro Sport Cup, which is contested by clubs outside Super League.


The treble-winning Miners are at Newcastle Thunder while Hornets, the other grassroots representatives, host Keighley Cougars.


Ties will be played over the weekend of 20/21 February.


The full draw, made live on BBC Newcastle by Chris Thorman (formally of England, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC and York City Knights) and former Newcastle and Republic of Ireland footballer John Anderson, is:


Pool A (northern regions)

Hunslet Hawks v York City Knights

Barrow Raiders v Rochdale Hornets

Wath Brow Hornets v Keighley Cougars

Doncaster v North Wales Crusaders

Newcastle Thunder v Leigh Miners Rangers


Pool B (midlands and southern regions)

London Skolars v South Wales Scorpions

Oxford v Hemel Stags

Coventry Bears v University of Gloucestershire All Golds


The final will be hosted by Blackpool AFC at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 28 May as part of the Summer Bash.