Coral Challenge Cup Fifth Round Draw

Thatto Heath Crusaders will have another giantkilling opportunity at their St Helens base in the fifth round of the Coral Challenge Cup after being drawn at home to Dewsbury Rams of the Championship.

The Crusaders are the only amateur club to have reached the last 24 of the competition after shocking North Wales Crusaders in the fourth round at the weekend.

The draw was conducted at Boxpark in Wembley by Challenge Cup legend Martin Offiah and Linzi Prescott, whose son Taylor will deliver the match-ball for this year’s Coral Challenge Cup final on August 24 after a gruelling overland journey from Perpignan – just as his father Steve did before the 2009 final 10 years ago.

Three of the four Super League clubs who join the competition at the fifth-round stage received home ties against lower division opposition – Salford against Rochdale Hornets, Hull Kingston Rovers against Leigh, and Leeds Rhinos against Workington Town.

The fourth, London Broncos, will have to travel north to face Halifax, while there are two attractive all-Championship ties – a West Yorkshire derby between Bradford Bulls and Featherstone Rovers, and revitalised Widnes Vikings at home to York City Knights.

Doncaster, who are one of two League One teams remaining in the competition with Workington, will have home advantage against Batley Bulldogs.

The ties will be played on the weekend of April 12-14, with one to be selected for streaming by the BBC, and another by the RFL’s Our League app.

The eight winners will then be joined by the top eight from last season’s Super League, including the 2018 Challenge Cup winners Catalans Dragons, in the sixth round draw on Monday April 15.

Coral Challenge Cup, Fifth Round draw: Hull KR v Leigh Centurions, Widnes Vikings v York City Knights, Thatto Heath Crusaders v Dewsbury Rams, Leeds Rhinos v Workington Town, Halifax v London Broncos, Bradford Bulls v Featherstone Rovers, Salford Red Devils v Rochdale Hornets, Doncaster v Batley Bulldogs.



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