Oldham top the list of shock results for 2016


Oldham RLFC’s historic Challenge Cup victory against Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers continues to draw plaudits.

The Roughyeds’ feat was highlighted at the recent Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 Awards dinner and now the Total RL website have pitched in with praise of their own.

In an article titled “TotalRL Top 10: Biggest shock results of the 2016 season“, columnist Matthew Shaw describes the site’s chosen shock results, listing them in reverse order from 10 to 1.

Topping the list in number one spot are Oldham, finishing above several clubs from across the rugby league.

1: Hull KR 22-36 Oldham April 16th

In perhaps the biggest Challenge Cup upset of all time, part-time minnows Oldham shocked Super League mainstays Hull Kingston Rovers.

In hindsight, this was a result that got nowhere near enough coverage. Forget the biggest upset of the season, it’s up there as the biggest of the millennium, perhaps even the last 40 years.

It is not unheard of for Championship clubs to defeat their Super League counterparts in the cup, albeit, it is incredibly rare.
It’s not even like the Roughyeds were a top end team in the competition, either. They were in the pack at the bottom of the league following promotion the year earlier and had yet to win away from home.

However, they managed to shock the Rugby League world with a simply unbelievable victory at the Lightstream stadium, defeating a side with a budget approximately ten times bigger than their own.

Tries for Will Hope, Richard Lepori, Steve Roper and Adam Clay gave them a 24-6 lead, and Rovers never got close to bringing the game back, as two further Oldham tries gave them a comfortable victory.

Incredibly, it was Oldham’s first away win of the year and ended up being one of just three victories on their travels in 2016.

The Full List

Each listed game is fully described in the Total RL article and the performances outlined put into context the outstanding nature of the Oldham win.

  • 10: Salford 44-10 St Helens February 11th
  • 9: Leigh 32-26 Salford August 13th
  • 8: Salford 16-19 London September 17th
  • 7: Widnes 56-12 Leeds February 14th
  • 6: Batley 24-22 Leigh February 7th
  • 5: Toulouse 10-8 Leigh April 16th
  • 4: Toulouse 22-24 Rochdale September 17th
  • 3: Featherstone 20-0 Bradford July 24th
  • 2: Wakefield 62-0 Wigan April 10th
  • 1: Hull KR 22-36 Oldham April 16th

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